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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects memory, thinking and behaviour. It is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for a significant percentage of dementia cases. Venn PCN has identified Alzheimer's as an important local priority.  To help understanding,  we present information on Alzheimer's - including it's causes, diagnosis and available support,

What is Alzheimer's Disease

Characterised by an accumulation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, Alzheimer's is a degenerative condition. The deposits are known as beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles. They disrupt communications between brain cells  and led to their eventual death.  As a result of this individuals with Alzheimer's experience a decline in their cognitive function and memory.


 Causes & Risk Factors

The exact cause of Alzheimer's is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, Some risk factors include age, family history, and certain genetic mutations. Understanding these risk factors can help individuals take proactive steps top reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Symptoms & Stages

Alzheimer's disease progresses through distinct phases, ranging from mild cognitive impairment to severe dementia. Common symptoms include memory loss, confusion, difficulty with language, and changes in mood or behaviour. Recognising these symptoms early is crucial for timely intervention.

Diagnosis & Evauation 

Diagnosing Alzheimer's involves a comprehensive assessment of cognitive function, memory tests, and often brain imaging to rule out other conditions. Early diagnosis allows for better management and support.


Whilst there is no cure for Alzheimer's , there are medications and therapies available too mange symptoms and improve quality of life. These may include medication to slow cognitive decline, cognitive stimulation programmes, and lifestyle modifications.


Caregivers play a vital role in supporting individuals with Alzheimer's. It can be emotionally or physically demanding, and there are support groups and resources available to help caregivers cope with the challenges.


Ongoing research offers hope for new treatments and interventions for Alzheimer's disease. Staying informed about the latest developments in Alzheimer's research is essential for those affected by the disease.


Awareness & Education

Venn PCN will offer continuing education and training programs for primary care providers on Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, management, and evidence-based treatment options. Additionally, we will provide resources and tools to support GPs in delivering person-centered care, communicating effectively with patients and caregivers, and addressing the psychosocial needs of individuals with Alzheimer's

Early Detection Pathways

We will implement screening tools and protocols to facilitate early detection of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease in primary care practices. Additionally, we will provide training and support for healthcare professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's and initiate appropriate diagnostic evaluations.

Screening & Diagnosis

GP practices will be encouraged to proactively identify and monitor patients at risk for Alzheimer's disease, including older adults with cognitive complaints, family history, or other risk factors. We will promote regular cognitive assessments and memory screenings as part of routine health checks for at-risk individuals.

Diagnosis & Management

We will develop clear pathways for the diagnosis, assessment, and management of Alzheimer's disease within primary care settings. We will ensure timely access to memory clinics, specialist services, and multidisciplinary teams for comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning

Patient Engagement and Support

Venn PCN will establish support groups, educational workshops, and caregiver training programs to assist patients and families affected by Alzheimer's in coping with the challenges of the disease. We will collaborate with community organisations, Alzheimer's associations, and social services to provide access to respite care, counseling services, and other supportive resources

Community Engagement

We will raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related issues through community outreach, public education campaigns, and advocacy efforts. Additionaly, we will collaborate with local stakeholders, policymakers, and advocacy groups to promote dementia-friendly practices, reduce stigma, and advocate for improved access to Alzheimer's care and support services

Quality Improvement and Performance Monitoring

Establish mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Alzheimer's care pathways, adherence to clinical guidelines, and patient outcomes within primary care practices. Use data analytics and quality improvement initiatives to identify areas for improvement, address gaps in care, and enhance the delivery of Alzheimer's care services. Learning will be shared with our practices to drive continuous improvement

Patient-centred Approach

In prioritising a patient-centered approach to Alzheimer's care, we will involve patients and families in care planning, decision-making, and goal-setting. We will ensure that care delivery is responsive to the individual preferences, values, and cultural backgrounds of patients with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Collaborative Research and Innovation

We will seek to facilitate participation in clinical trials and research studies on Alzheimer's disease prevention, treatment, and care delivery. Additionally, we will support initiatives to advance understanding of the underlying mechanisms of Alzheimer's, identify biomarkers for early detection, and develop novel interventions to improve outcomes for patients.

Integrated Care

Venn PCN will seek collaboration and integration of care across primary care, specialist services, social care, and community organisations to provide seamless and coordinated care for individuals with Alzheimer's and their families. We will develop partnerships with memory clinics, geriatric services, and other specialty providers to ensure comprehensive and holistic care for patients with complex needs.

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Bransholme Surgery

Bransholme Health Centre
Goodhart Road

Tel: 01482 336100

Southcoates Surgery

225 Newbridge Road

Tel: 01482 335560

Field View Surgery

840 Beverley Road

Tel: 01482 853270city health practice website

The Orchard Centre

210 Orchard Road

Tel: 01482 303850

Elliott Chappell Health Centre

215 Hessle Road

Tel: 01482 303840

St Ives Close
Wawne Road
Sutton upon Hull

Tel: 01482 826457

The Quays

2nd Floor
Wilberforce Health Centre
6-10 Story Street

Tel:01482 335335

Riverside Medical Centre

The Octagon
Walker Street

Tel: 01482 335335

East Park Practice

2nd Floor
Wilberforce Health Centre
6-10 Story Street

01482 335335


Dementia is a complex and challenging condition that profoundly impacts individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Characterised by a decline in cognitive function, memory loss, and changes in behavior, dementia presents unique challenges that require compassionate care, support, and understanding. 

Dementia is not a single disease but rather a syndrome encompassing a range of cognitive impairments severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for approximately 60-70% of cases. Other types include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and mixed dementia. While each type has distinct characteristics, they all share the hallmark features of cognitive decline, memory impairment, and functional impairment.

Living with dementia presents significant challenges for individuals and their families, requiring adjustments to daily routines, caregiving responsibilities, and future planning. However, with the right support, education, and resources, individuals with dementia can live meaningful and fulfilling lives. Caregivers play a vital role in providing physical, emotional, and practical support, advocating for their loved ones, and promoting their well-being.


Causes & Risk Factors

Dementia can be caused by various factors including genetic predisposition, age-related changes, cardiovascular health issues, and traumatic brain injury. Common risk factors include advancing age, family history of dementia, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and obesity. Other contributing factors can be poor diet and lack of physical activity.

Symptoms & Stages  

Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, difficulty with language and communication, impaired judgment, and changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia progresses through stages, starting with mild cognitive impairment, followed by mild, moderate, and severe dementia. Each stage presents with distinct symptoms and challenges.

Diagnosis & evauation 

Diagnosis involves a thorough medical history, physical examination, cognitive assessments, and neuroimaging tests (such as MRI or CT scans). Evaluation aims to confirm the presence of dementia, identify the specific type (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia), and rule out other possible causes of cognitive decline.


Treatment focuses on managing symptoms, slowing disease progression, and improving quality of life.  Available treatments include medications to manage cognitive symptoms, behavioral interventions, lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise, along with caregiver support.

Support & Caregiving 

Caregivers play a vital role in supporting individuals with dementia. They may experience stress, burnout, and social isolation. Resources such as caregiver support groups, respite care services, educational programs, and counselling can provide valuable support and assistance.


Ongoing research aims to better understand  underlying mechanisms of dementia, develop new treatments, & improve care practices. Advances in biomarker research, genetic testing, & personalised medicine offer hope for earlier detection & more effective treatments in the future.

Our practices are dementia-friendly. This means:

  • We have assessed our environment to ensure it is accessible and easy to navigate around as possible for all our patients - including those with a diagnosis of dementia.
  • our staff are trained to be sensitive to the needs of all patients.
  • we are able to make logical adjustments to assist with patient care, whenever possible.
  • we consider the needs of all patients when introducing changes
  • dementia doesn't have to stop sufferers doing the things they love.
  • life doesn't end with a dementia diagnosis
  • dementia can be scary - but there is plenty of help Patients and families do not have to face it alone.