Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Improving the Physical Health of People with Dementia & Carers


The Manchester Supporting Health, Dementia Programme
works in parallel with the Supporting Health SMI programme to improve the physical health of people with dementia and their carers. Find below an internal report on the first months of the programme’s operation and also the independent evaluation report by the University of Manchester. Recently the programme is piloting focused work in the Cheetham and Crumpsall areas of the city in taking a ‘dementia friendly communities’ approach.

A Guide to Dementia


This guide is quite lengthy, you may benefit from re-reading some parts of it once you have absorbed the general ideas within it

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a disorder which affects how the brain works. It can be a life changing experience. The term ‘dementia’ describes a group of symptoms that affect people in many ways. Dementia affects all types of things such as memory, thinking, behaviour and personality.
Dementia can be difficult to recognise at first, as changes can sometimes be small and gradual.

Types of Dementia:

There are lots of types of Dementia that are caused by changes happening to the brain.

Different types of Dementia can show slightly different symptoms.

The most common types of dementia are:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Click on the link below for more information for people with dementia and their carers.

The Milk is in the Oven -


Introduction to dementia and physical health


Information about the training courses. Click here to sign up.

Become a Dementia Friend


Become a Dementia Friend and get on board with the most recent

About Dementia Friends
People with dementia get by with a little help from their friends. And anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.

People with dementia want to carry on going about their daily lives and feeling included in their local community, but they sometimes need a helping hand to do so. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it's like to live with dementia and turns that understanding into action. This could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay. Every action counts.

Being a Dementia Friend isn’t about volunteering or fundraising (though you can do that too if you want).

To become a friend you just need to watch our short video or join an information session in your area.