Treatments, therapies and support services

The Swindon Alzheimer's Society can provide information about a whole range of local support services and activities available. They can be contacted on 01793 485404.

Who can get help?

If you have been diagnosed with a form of dementia, your GP or consultant will be able to work with you to find the best approach of treatment for you.  Although there are no drug treatments available that can provide a cure for Alzheimer's disease or dementia, there are medicines which have been developed that can improve symptoms, or temporarily slow down the progression of the disease in some people, when they are prescribed and used effectively.

How can these drugs be obtained?

If treatment with medication is something you or the person you care for have decided on, these drugs can only be prescribed by a consultant. A GP will need to refer you to a hospital for a specialist assessment. A consultant will carry out a series of tests to assess which  treatments are suitable for you, and will write your prescriptions for you. Any further prescriptions may be written by your GP or the consultant. If you wish to obtain private treatment, you can obtain this through a consultant, a GP or a private hospital. Private prescriptions are subject to consultation fees, prescription charges and dispensing fees, which vary so it is important to consider this.

 

For some people, complementary or alternative therapies might be of benefit in addition to treatment. 

For information on how to reduce your risk of dementia, go to the Alzheimer's Society website.

 

Useful contacts

If you are looking for a list of national organisations who can provide more information about complementary therapies and approved, qualified practitioners in your area, click the link below.