According to the Alzheimer's Society there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia.
Below are links to national and local websites and information on national and local organisations and support that is available for patients living with dementia.
East Lancashire dementia care website
East Lancashire has a range of dementia cafes, Carer support groups, training for carers and respite services. A full guide to local services for people with dementia, their carers and health and social care professionals can be found at the website.
Alzheimer’s Society East Lancashire
Tel: 01282 421 233 for information and advice regarding all issues related to dementia (all dementias – not only Alzheimer’s disease), and the society offers a variety of peer support, dementia cafes, carers support groups, dementia advisers and one to one support workers.
Age UK Lancashire
Age UK have offices in Accrington, Burnley, Clitheroe, Nelson and Rawtenstall and can offer benefits advice, peer-support, one-to-one support, day care support, hospital aftercare, sitting services if people have a health appointment and connect people to activities in their locality. Age UK also offers a well check service which supports people in finding the right solutions for their needs.
forum.alzheimers.org.uk/forum.php is a national forum run by the Alzheimer’s society offering a number of online discussion forums (24/7) for anyone affected by dementia. There are specific groups for younger people with dementia, carers and LGBT people affected by dementia. There is also a national helpline running 7 days a week (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Weekends 10.00am to 4.00pm) that can be contacted by calling 0300 222 1122 or by email at email@example.com
The national Alzheimer’s society is also a source of a wide range of fact sheets around dementia covering practical, legal, financial, emotional issues as well as causes, formation on progression and treatment.
A number of these factsheet topics are covered in the Dementia guide below, but not all.
The Dementia Guide: www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiaguide
Carers Centres/ Support services
Tel: 0345 688 7113 Carers Contact (Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale) provide information, advice and support to carers. Practical help includes activities for Carers, one to one support, information and advice about caring roles, advice on respite and help in preparing Peace of Mind plans.