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Ask Claire, Dementia Nurse

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Claire Day is the Dementia Mental Health Nurse Specialist, available through the Memory Navigation Service.

Claire Day is available one day a week to offer advice, support, signposting to helpful services. You can also to talk to her in person at the Bedford Memory Gateway. If Claire isn't available and you have a question for her, please let us know by using the form provided.

Here are some questions that other people have asked

Claire Day is available one day a week to offer advice, support, signposting to helpful services. You can also to talk to her in person at the Bedford Memory Gateway. If Claire isn't available and you have a question for her, please let us know by using the form provided.

Here are some questions that other people have asked

My memory has been concerning me. I used to remember all my appointments and I’ve missed a few. I also often can’t remember words and names. What should I do?

There are many reasons that someone might become more forgetful.  The first thing you should do is visit your GP and explain the reasons you are concerned.  Perhaps write a list of the specific things that have worried you to help you with your appointment. 

My loved one was diagnosed two years ago, and we’ve been ok since then, but recently they have deteriorated, things are getting difficult.

It’s important to remember that people with dementia will all have different problems at different times, if you are finding it difficult to know who to go for the changes you have noticed the Memory Navigation Service will be able to signpost you.

If you have a social worker or community nurse visiting you, you should let them know what’s changed so they can identify any more support needed and help you plan for any more changes in the future.

If there has been a very sudden change it would be best to first discuss things with your GP as there may be another health problem making things more difficult.

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