Dementia Action Alliance

“It is possible to live well with dementia”

Blackpool Fairness Commission wants people who live with dementia, their friends and their families to live well.  We will achieve this by striving to create a Dementia Friendly Town where business, community members and public services are trained to provide appropriate support to people living with dementia in situations where they might struggle.

In 2015 we launched the Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance.  The Alliance is a collection of partners from across the Public, Private, Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector who come together to develop initiatives which will increase awareness of the challenges faced by people living with dementia and promote the Dementia Friends training to everyone who lives and works in Blackpool.

 

The 3 primary goals of Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance:

1. Make Blackpool a Dementia Friendly town
2. To raise awareness in our communities
3. Increase membership of the DAA

Support agencies in Blackpool:

• Age UK – 01253 622812
• Alzheimer’s Society – 0300 222 11 22
• Blackpool Council – 01253 477477
• Dementia Action Alliance
• Carers Trust – 01253 393748
• Empowerment – 01253 477959
• Memory Assessment – 01253 657354
• Speak to you local GP

Support & Training in Blackpool

There are a wide selection of training courses that can help support you and your family in Blackpool. Please contact us and we can signpost you to the most suitable course.

Contact Details:

To join Blackpool Dementia Alliance or for further information contact:
fairness@blackpool.gov.uk or visit
www.dementiaaction.org.uk/north_west

What is Dementia?

• There are approximately 820,00 people living with dementia in the UK.
• Dementia effects everyone differently. No two people with dementia are the same.
• Dementia is not a natural part of aging – it is a progressive disease of the brain such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lowy bodies.

The Symptoms may include problems with Memory

• Carrying out everyday tasks like handling money, cooking a meal or going shopping can be difficult.
• Communicating and making yourself understood can be a challenge.
• Perception – the way people can interpret what they see, feel, hear and taste can change.

How do I know if someone has dementia?

• Many people you come across may have dementia and you won’t know. There maybe someone you work with or as part of your group that may have dementia.
• Most people with dementia are over 65, but younger people can be affected.

Remember The Carer

• Carers play a vital role in supporting the person they care for to live as independently as possible, but sometimes this role has its challenges and can be stressful.
• It’s important to understand that carers may have to react quickly in a situation e.g. abandon a conversation or activity

Ways you can help

People with Dementia may :
• Look or say they are lost or confused. Ask if you can help and if so, ask them how?
• Appear to be searching for something they cant find. Ask if you can help and if so, how?
• Be having problems with money or their payment card. Be patient; tell them there’s no hurry; ask if you can help pick out the right money; ask if they would like to sign rather than enter a PIN; offer to store their shopping so they can come back for it once they have remembered their PIN.
• Forget what you have just said. Just repeat your sentence patiently as if you had not said it before.
• Have difficulty finding the right words, not be able to understand you or be difficult to understand. Be clear in your communications, use props and gestures to help; find a quiet place to talk if possible.
• Say or do something repetitively, ask if you can help, and if so how?
• Become a Dementia Friend!