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Dementia

The Council is proud to say that Chorley is recognised as a dementia friendly community. Chorley Council works in partnership with a variety of businesses and charities throughout the borough to improve and better the lives of people living with dementia. We ensure that people feel properly supported and strive to build relationships with service users and carers alike. On this page you should find information about all the services available in Chorley and nationally. 

Living with Dementia

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning.

There are many different causes of dementia, and many different types.

People often get confused about the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia and, together with vascular dementia, makes up the majority of cases.

How common is Dementia?

Research shows there are more than 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia. One in 14 people over the age of 65 have dementia, and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over 80.

The number of people with dementia is increasing because people are living longer. It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people with dementia in the UK will be more than 1 million. Source: www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/about/

A Day in the life

Pete is 65 and has Alzheimer's. watch Pete's moving story, which was published by the Alzheimer's Society during Dementia Action Week 2021 and charts the ups and downs of a month with dementia.

Becoming a Dementia Friend

A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions - both big and small. Dementia Friends is open to anyone who wants to help people with dementia in their community. Learn more about becoming a dementia friend

Chorley Dementia Action Group and the Dementia Hub

This group is made up of services and individuals that work collectively to improve the lives of people living with Dementia in the Chorley borough. The group takes action on key priorities that are set collaboratively through monthly consultation with services and feedback given from service users.

If you are living with dementia, are a carer, health professional, an individual with a special interest in this area, or within a service that does or can support people with dementia, we are keen to hear from you and welcome you to the group.

For people living with dementia, the Chorley Dementia Action group can also help to put you in touch with services across the borough that can support you in your dementia journey via the monthly dementia hub. This hub takes place:

Day: Last Wednesday of every month

Time: 1pm till 3pm

Venue: Chorley Library, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1EB

Alternatively, you can contact us anytime by email to communities@chorley.gov.uk or chorleydag01@gmail.com 

Dementia Hub 2022 leaflet (PDF) [86KB]

Useful Resources and Groups

Please find a collection of useful links and tools available to help you live well with dementia.

  • The Herbert Protocol and 999 Reunite

The Herbert Protocol is a scheme adopted by several police forces across England and Wales, in partnership with Local Authorities and other agencies.

If you have a loved one, friend or relative you provide care for, or who lives alone, and are worried about them going out, find out more from Lancashire Constabulary 

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) have been providing Guardian Angel devices to people living with Dementia since March 2017.

The devices are designed to help people that have conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimer's, or any other mental health condition, return home quickly.

In 2019, Lancashire Constabulary approached LFRS and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to produce a similar device called 999ReUnite.

View more information on the 999 reunite scheme. on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue website.

  • BT Dementia Support Team

If you are a carer and are worried about the numbers your loved ones may be dialling, perhaps costing extra money, the BT Dementia Support Team can help.

Call: 0800 919591.

  • Falls Prevention Central Lancashire

The Falls Prevention Service is a multidisciplinary specialist service for older people who have fallen or are at risk of falling. Following an assessment, a care plan is collaboratively agreed with the individual for intervention and management of further falls.

Individuals can self-refer into the service. View more information on the falls prevention service.

  • Age UK - Dementia related services e.g. CST sessions

This organisation offers a reliable, high-quality, competitively priced service tailored to meet people's needs

View more information on the AgeUk dementia service

Telephone: 01695 586506

  • Age Concern - Dementia related service for issues such as dementia and memory concerns

Telephone: 01772 620876

View more information on Age Concern dementia services.

  • Dementia Friends

Help make Chorley a stronger Dementia friendly community but either: becoming a dementia friend, registering your business as dementia friendly or become a dementia friend ambassador.

View more information on Dementia Friends.

  • Alzheimer's Society

We are Alzheimer's Society. We're a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia.

View more information on Alzheimer's Society.

  • NHS carer help

View more information on NHS carer help.

  • Chorley Council Social Prescribers and Home Improvements

View more information on the Social Prescribing Service

Contact Us

If you are looking for any further information on what is available in your local area, want to get involved with any of the above services or add a service to the list please contact: communities@chorley.gov.uk.

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