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Dementia is not a disease, but a collection of symptoms caused by conditions which affect the brain. It affect's a person's mental abilities such as memory and thinking as well as their behaviour.

There are currently over 10,000 people in Lancashire who have been diagnosed with dementia, but it is estimated 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.

There's currently no cure, but in some cases medication can help slow down the progression of dementia and there's lots of support available to help manage it. This can give people the opportunity to plan and manage their care as well as allowing them to live longer lives than previously expected.

Dementia is an umbrella term which includes many different types. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type, followed by vascular dementia. You can find out more on the NHS and Alzheimer's Society websites.

Symptoms of dementia can affect people differently and can often be quite small to start with. Problems with memory or changes in someone's behaviour can sometimes also be caused by depression, the side effects of medication, or other health problems. If you're worried about yourself or a loved one it's important to visit a GP to rule these out.


Reduce the risk of developing dementia

Keeping active and eating well can reduce the likelihood of heart attacks, stroke and developing vascular disease, which all increase the risk of developing dementia.

You should also avoid or stop smoking and stay within recommended limits of alcohol.

If you have Mild Cognitive Impairment, which is a condition causing minor problems with memory and thinking processes, a healthy lifestyle as well as doing regular activities to stimulate the brain, or 'brain training' can help.

Help and support 

Find out about how people can live well with dementia following their diagnosis.

Dementia Advisors

If you are diagnosed with dementia, you might get referred to a Dementia Advisor from Alzheimer's Society who will direct you to all the services in your local area. They will be an ongoing contact for you if you have any questions and help you access services.

Find support near you

Books on prescription

Lancashire Libraries work with The Reading Agency to deliver an initiative called "Reading Well Books on Prescription". The scheme includes a recommended book list for people living with dementia, their families and carers. These books offer practical information to understand what dementia is, how to recognise it and how to deal with it; as well as experiences of people living with dementia. You can find out more and view the books on the library catalogue.

Staying independent and active

Seeking help early could enable you to live independently for longer.

There is support available to help you:

If you drive, you must inform the DVLA if you have a dementia diagnosis so your doctor can advise them if it is safe for you to continue driving, and you may need to take a driving assessment.

Alzheimer's Society has a wealth of information on dealing with memory problems and practical tips which might work for you.

Planning for the future

If you are diagnosed with a memory related medical condition, helpful things you may want to consider include:

Making these choices now will make things easier for you and your family in the future.

Help in the later stages

As the condition progresses, most people need more help with day to day things and you may want to access social care, or if a relative or friend is caring for you, they may need extra support as a carer.

We provide specialist help for people with dementia in our residential care homes, and daytime support centres which offer support for carers too.

You may have to pay for all or some of the social care, depending on your income and savings. Find out about getting help from us.

Alzheimer's Society has some advice about care services you might find useful including selecting a care home.

Caring for a person with dementia

If you are a main carer for a person with dementia, there are a number of organisations in Lancashire who can support you in your caring role.

It can be difficult to know how to support a person with dementia so Alzheimer's Society provides information about caring for a person with dementia, training and support. Many people find it useful to meet other carers at groups for carers, talking to people in similar situations, getting advice and sharing experiences. Alternatively, Alzheimer's Society's Talking Point community is an online discussion forum for anyone who is affected by dementia to share information and get advice.

Carers Trust and Carers UK have online resources for carers or if you'd like to speak to someone about your support needs you can call the Carers Direct helpline.

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being implemented by Lancashire Constabulary in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services and North West Ambulance Service.

It involves carers compiling useful information which could be used by Police and other agencies to search for and locate a loved one in the event of them going missing

For further information please see link

Dementia Buddies

Getting lost and feeling disorientated is cited as a common problem which causes much distress for the person with dementia and their loved ones. The Dementia Buddies scheme provides devices to easily identify people who are lost and get them home safely. They include a badge, wristband, bag-tag and keyring. By simply holding a smartphone over the device, the person’s first name and emergency contact number will be displayed. For more information, speak to your local dementia support service or call 01942 888 990.

Support for younger people with dementia

Dementia support is not just for older people, there are groups and activities specifically for younger people with dementia, or if that's not your cup of tea, there is support to enable you to do things independently.

If you work Alzheimer's Society has advice about working with dementia.

How you can help

Whether you know someone with dementia, work with people with memory conditions or want to make your community a better place for people with dementia there is lots you can do.

Why not become a Dementia Friend? You'll learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

If you are health professional or partner organisation, visit our public health campaigns site where you can download resources and find out more about this campaign and how to support it.

Local dementia support services

You can get Dementia Buddies devices from the following local services: 

Residential/day services


Telephone Number


Kiln Lane, Skelmersdale. WN8 8PW

01695 725 682

Bowgreave Rise

1 Garstang Road, Garstang. PR3 1YD

01995 603 637

Broadfield House

Broadfield Drive, Leyland. PR25 1NB

01772 457 672


Queens Road, Clitheroe. BB7 1AR

01200 426 355


Lower North Avenue, Barnoldswick. BB18 6DP

01282 816 790

Dolphinlee House

Patterdale Road, Ridge Estate, Lancaster. LA1 3LZ

01524 376 85


Byron Road, Colne.  BB8 0BH

01282 860 449

Grove House

Highfield Road, Adlington. PR6 9RH

01257 481 442

Lady Elsie Finney House

Day Service

Cottam Avenue, Cottam, Preston. PR2 3XH

01772 721 072

01772 721 962

Lower Ridge

Belvedere Road, Burnley. BB10 4BQ

01282 429 020

Meadowfield House

Meadowfield, Fulwood, Preston. PR2 9NX

01772 864 881


Day Service

72 Station Road, Kirkham. PR4 2HA

01772 684 836

01772 671 169

Olive House

Day Service (Parkside)

New Line, Bacup. OL13 0BY

01706 874 048

01706 876 887

Thornton House

Day Service (Teal Close)

Whimbrel Drive, off Mayfield Ave, Thornton, Cleveleys FY5 2LR


01253 825 845

01253 863 459

Woodhill House

60 Woodhill Lane, Morecambe

01524 423 588


Warwick Avenue, Clayton-Le-Moors, Accrington. BB5 5RW

01254 394 732


Burnley Road, Padiham. BB12 8SD

01282 774 457


Daytime Supports


Telephone Number

Derby Centre

Derby Street, Ormskirk. L39 2BW

01695 578 452

Fosterfield Centre

Eaves Lane, Chorley. PR6 0EY

01257 275 183

The Leyland Day Centre

King Street,  Leyland. PR25 2LE

01772 435 957

Mere Brook Enhanced Day Service

Brookside, Aughton, Ormskirk. L39 3BH

01695 587 417

Mearley Fold Centre

Bright Street, Clitheroe.  BB7 1NW

01200 443 507


Thornleyholme Road, Accrington. BB5 6BD

01254 239 699

DeVitre Enhanced Day Service

Stratford Close, Lancaster. LA1 2JP

01524 381 164


Community Mental Health Teams


Telephone Number


Shorelands, 292 Central Drive, Blackpool. FY1 5JW

01253 657 350


Balladen House, Union Road, Rawtenstall. BB4 6NE

01282 657790


De Vitre House, Ashton Road, Lancaster. LA1 5AL

01524 550420


Charnley Fold, Cottage Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6YA

01772 401676


Memory Assessment Services


Telephone Number


Fleetwood Community Health and Wellbeing Centre, Dock Street, Fleetwood.

01253 957 036

East (Maple House)

Burnley General Hospital, Casterton Ave, Burnley. BB10 2PQ

01282 657 832


Altham Meadows, Bartholomew Road, Morecambe. LA4 4PR

01524 550 143

Central (Charnley Fold)

School Lane, Bamber Bridge,  PR5 6YA

01772 401 621

West Lancashire


Aughton Street, Ormskirk. L39 3BH

01695 587 417

Inpatient Services (LCFT)

The Harbour, Windmill Rise, Off Preston New Road, Blackpool. FY4 4YE – Wordsworth Ward – Victoria Blundell-White

01253 447752/54


Community Services


Telephone Number

Charnley Fold (Age Concern Central Lancashire)

Cottage Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston. PR5 6YA

01772 401 621

n-Compass  *

Avros Crescent, Blackpool. FY4 2DP

0345 013 8208

Age UK *

Market Street, Nelson

01282 677 950

Carers Link*

Melbourne House, Eastgate, Accrington. BB5 6PU

01254 387 444

*Will be able to direct people to local offices to assist

Contact details for Dementia Action Alliances/Dementia Friendly Groups/Hubs

Name Email/Website Telephone Social media
South Ribble DAA Office: 01772 625546/Mobile: 07814 851823  
Burnley DAA    
Pendle DAA 01282 661361 Facebook - Pendle Dementia Action Alliance
Dementia Friendly Chorley    
Dementia Friendly West Lancs   Facebook - Dementia Friendly West Lancs
Twitter - @westlancsdfc
Blackburn with Darwen DAA    
Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre DAA             
Hyndburn DAA 07918 648937     Facebook - Hyndburn Dementia Action Alliance
Twitter - @DAA Hyndburn
Longridge Dementia Friendly Community       Facebook - Longridge Dementia Friendly Community
Twitter- @longridgedfc
Dementia Friendly Rossendale   Twitter - @DementiaRoss 
Ribble Valley Dementia Alliance 01200 414549 Facebook - Ribble Valley Dementia Alliance
Bay Dementia Hub   Facebook - The Bay Dementia Hub
Fylde Coast Dementia Hub   Facebook - Fylde Coast Dementia Hub