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Memory Matters course

We run courses for people who care for people with dementia and for patients who have dementia. Courses are designed to provide information, support and advice in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Elderly Asian female and carer

Who is this service for?

You can access this course if you’re:

  • Caring for someone with dementia who currently uses our services, or

  • One of our patients with dementia.


Courses for carers and patients are separate, but both are a good opportunity to meet people who are in similar situations.  

Carers can get further information about dementia and find out about what help is available. You can also share feelings or difficulties and find ways for you and your loved one to cope with the condition.

Patients can meet other people with memory problems, find ways to cope with their problems and get further information about their condition and memory loss.

Get access to this service

If you would like to book onto this course, please contact your local Community Mental Health Team and they will be able to let you know when the next course is running. Here's how you find their contact details: Go to Find services, type 'Community Mental Health Team' into the keyword box and press search, then find the CMHT in your area and phone the contact number. The course is free and normally involves eight weekly sessions. Most sessions run for one to two hours.

If you’re concerned about leaving the person you care for when you come to the course, please tell a member of staff in the CMHT who can discuss the options available. You can also let us know if you don’t have the necessary transport to attend the course.

How we can help

Some of the things we discuss during the course include: 

  • What is dementia

  • Treatments for dementia

  • Roles of the health professionals

  • Support with carer stress

  • Relaxation/breathing exercises

  • Activities and communication

  • Making the most of your memory

  • Alzheimer’s Society, clubs and community resources

  • Finances and benefits 

  • Information about the Mental Capacity Act

  • Common difficulties in dementia and ways of coping

  • Maintaining physical health in dementia 


Courses for patients also look at:

  • Memory aids to help improve your memory

  • How stress affects memory

  • Memory problems and relationships

  • Maintaining skills and confidence

I would like to:

Find out more about dementia

Learn about mental health services for older people

Know what to do if I'm worried about my memory

Contact us

Go to Find services, type 'Community Mental Health Team' into the keyword box and press search, then find the CMHT in your area and phone the contact number.

Useful websites

NHS Choices (dementia)

Alzheimer's Society

Dementia UK