Alzheimer’s Society Central Lancashire are visiting local venues to reach out to people going without help as part of Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week (16-22 May).
These drop-ins are opportunity to ask questions to our Dementia Advisers and arrange continuing support. Dementia Advisers can help you to understand symptoms and diagnosis, to plan ahead, and to find ideas that are right for you and help problem solve around your day-to-day challenges.
With diagnosis rates across the UK at a five-year low, Alzheimer’s Society says tens of thousands of people are now living with undiagnosed dementia, meaning they are missing out on the vital care and support a diagnosis can bring.
As part of Dementia Action Week, the charity wants people to recognise that asking the same question over again; it’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill and it could be a sign of dementia.
Julia Snape, Dementia Adviser for Alzheimer’s Society in Central Lancashire, said: “Dementia Action Week can help people decide its time to find answers and help. We’re going to be easy to find right across Preston, Chorley, and South Ribble.
“A timely and accurate diagnosis is crucial to manage symptoms of dementia and avoid ending up in crisis. It also allows more time to plan for the future and unlock the door to treatment, care and support.
“There are more than 15,800 people living with dementia in Lancashire. We’re encouraging those who are concerned that they or someone close to them may be experiencing signs of dementia to come to us for support.
“We can offer guidance and practical advice on the next steps they can take, what to expect during and after the diagnosis process, and what support Alzheimer’s Society can offer throughout.”
Alzheimer’s Society can be found:
Monday 16th May
Chorley Library (with Chorley Dementia Action Group) 10am to 3pm
Tuesday 17th May
Fulwood Library 9.30am to 1.30pm
Preston Indoor Markets 10am to 4pm
Chorley Library Midday to 3pm
Preston North End (Wellbeing Hub) 12.45pm to 4pm
Wednesday 18th May
Waitrose, Capital Centre Preston 9am to 4pm
Thursday 19th May
Penwortham Community Library (Priory Lane) 10am to 2.30pm
Fulwood Library 1.30pm to 4pm
Friday 20th May
Chorley Library (with Chorley Dementia Action Group) 1pm to 4pm
For Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society has produced a new online resource which people can print off and take to their GP to help explain their symptoms and get the support they need.
This latest resource, along with support and more information about a diagnosis is just a phone call or a click away, by visiting alzheimers.org.uk/memoryloss or by calling its Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456