The Dementia Hub offers people in the Fylde coast a ‘one-stop shop’ where they can get information, advice and practical support
Hosted at Trinity Hospice, this joint initiative between Clifton Hospital, Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance, Trinity Hospice and Lancaster University, is being supported by Blackpool Council, The Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Blackpool Carers and many other organisations.
Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by conditions which affect the brain. It affects a person’s mental abilities such as memory and thinking as well as their behaviour. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.
There are currently over 10,000 people in Lancashire who have been diagnosed with dementia, but it is thought that the actual figure of people with the condition could be much higher. This means that thousands of people who could have dementia aren’t accessing treatments and support to help them live well with the condition.
The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub – Here to help!
It’s a fact that dementia is set to become ever more of a challenge for societies. Many people who are diagnosed with a dementia, or who are dealing with the diagnosis of a loved one, can feel as though they are alone.
Post-diagnostic support is very important but sadly lacking in many cases. The person with the diagnosis and their friends/family should be able to talk things over with a range of agencies to ask questions about the diagnosis and what it means for them. Information on the help and support available but is often poorly signposted. People should have access to information on how to stay physically and mentally well in their own homes.
The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub aims to fill this gap, providing practical information and support for living with, or caring for, someone with dementia. With clear and sensible information about recognising symptoms, research, getting help, managing financially, staying at home, treatment, being a carer and staying positive, this event will help those with dementia and their families to make sure that they can stay well and happy as long as possible.
Our ‘drop in’ sessions may be useful for people, whether they are living with dementia, caring for someone who has dementia, have concerns over their memory or are simply interested in finding out more about dementia.
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Thursdays; 24th August & 16th Nov
Clifton Hospital, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1PB, 1pm – 3pm
Fridays: 21st July, 15th Sept, 20th Oct & 15th Dec
At Trinity Hospice, Low Moor Road, Bispham, FY2 0BG, 2pm – 4pm
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This new initiative will seek to build on the existing work of dementia-specialist organisations that already have a strong presence in the area. It will be an important part of providing early intervention and focus on maintaining independence in the community. It will aim to provide advice from the memory clinic, nurses, financial planners, benefits advisors, lawyers, researchers, carer support, as well as a chance to engage with people living with the conditions and their families.
Cllr Christine Wright, Older People’s Champion at Blackpool Council, said: “Dementia doesn’t take favourites – it can affect any of us and can completely change your family’s life.
“The Dementia Hub aims to make life easier for families whose loved ones are suffering from dementia, offering support and advice on coping with the illness. There is no need for your family to cope with dementia on its own – support is out there for you and visiting the dementia hub can help you to live with the illness.”
Dr Penny Foulds, Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University and founder of the Defying Dementia campaign. ‘Research has revealed that early diagnosis can help people and their carers live well with dementia. We recognise people with dementia, and those who care for them, can feel isolated and often don’t know where to turn at what can be a very difficult time. This initiative is about helping our community know where to go for information and services when a diagnosis is made, or even before if they are worried about a loved one. ‘
The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub will be held every month.
Everyone is welcome.
Friday July 21 from 2-4pm at Trinity Hospice
Thursday 24 August from 10am to 3pm at Clifton Hospital
Friday 15 September from 2-4pm at Trinity Hospice
Friday 20 October from 2-4pm at Trinity Hospice
Thursday November 16 from 10am to 3pm at Clifton Hospital
Friday December 15 from 2-4pm at Trinity Hospice