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Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults (Croydon South)

Croydon Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia (MHOA&D) Service became an integrated service from 1st April 2003. This has led to the greater integration of health and social care assessment and services and benefits users and carers though closer and more effective working.

The integrated service forms part of the Mental Health of Older Adults Directorate of South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Trust and Department of Adult Social Services and Housing (DASH), Croydon Social Services. The service works closely with both statutory and voluntary partners and community organisations that also support older people with mental health problems and people with dementia.

It provides an integrated management structure for health and social services of the specialist teams developed by both agencies to look after older people requiring mental health services and people of all ages with dementia.

Croydon is the one of the largest London borough in terms of geographical size in London and also of older peoples’ populations with approximately 45,600. The service works extremely closely with Croydon Social Services Department, Croydon Primary Care Trust, Croydon University Hospital, other statutory agencies and a range of voluntary and community organisations.

The service actively stimulates a learning environment and evaluative approach through an active research, development and audit programme and benefits through research, clinical and academic links between the SLaM MHOA and Dementia Clinical Academic Group and the Institute of Psychiatry Kings College, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trusts.

Heavers Resource Centre, 122 Selhurst Road, South Norwood, Surrey, SE25 6LL
Umbrella org:
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
020 3228 9531
020 3228 5418
Who is it for:
Older Adults

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Dementia is characterised by confusion, memory loss, poor problem-solving and poor concentration. There are many diseases that lead to dementia, the most common being Alzheimer's disease. Dementia usually occurs in older people. Dementia in people under 65 is known as early onset dementia. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a rarer form of dementia that shares characteristics with both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Vascular dementia occurs when cells in the brain are deprived of oxygen. Many symptoms are the same as other forms of dementia, however there are some differences.
Old age consists of ages nearing the average lifespan of human beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle. Euphemisms for older people include advanced adult, elderly, and senior or senior citizen. Older people have limited regenerative abilities and are more prone to disease, syndromes, and sickness than other adults.

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