Dementia is a common condition. The risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities. This includes problems with:

  • Memory Loss
  • Thinking Speed
  • Mental Agility
  • Language
  • Understanding
  • Judgement

When diagnosed with Dementia, it can be a frightening experience. However, whilst there is no ready cure, there are ways people living with dementia can be supported and remain independent.

In South Ribble there are a range of services and support organisations that can help both the individual living with the condition and the carer. there is even something we all can do, which is to simply understand more about what Dementia is and become a 'Dementia Friend'.

At our networking and information event, held on 20th May, at Charnley Fold in Bamber Bridge we learnt about Dementia Friends and also the services available to residents of South Ribble, who may have just been diagnosed with the condition.

Below is a summary of the services available. If you want to find out more, click on the logo of the organisation and it will take you to their website.

Age Concern Central Lancashire, provides a range of services to support people living with Dementia, and we heard about how those services can be accessed and what they provide.

  • Caring CafĂ© Support and Information Service
  • Transforming Community Equipment Service: TCES
  • Dementia Community Links
  • Positive Outlook Programme
  • Carer Support Groups
  • Charnley Fold Enhanced Day Support

Take the time to visit Age Concerns website for further information.

Central and West Lancashire branch of the Alzheimer's Society offer a range of services; providing information and or support to those living with Dementia.

These include 1-1 Support which involves a dementia adviser service which can provide information and signposting. They also provide a support service which gives individualised support for both carers and those living with the condition.

There is also available group and peer support in the form of;

  • Dementia Cafes
  • Ineterst and Actvity based peer support groups
  • Signing for the Brain

Please visit their website for further information.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.

There are lots of ways to get involved with Dementia Friends, whether you have a lot of time to give or a little:

  • Become a Dementia Friend by watching the Online Video provided by Dementia Friends
  • Become a Dementia Friend by attending a 1-hour Information Session in your area

Visit the Dementia Friends website for more information about the scheme.