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Alzheimer's Society - Central and West Lancashire

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers - working to ensure that support to live well is always there for people with dementia. We run quality support and care services, fund research, and actively campaign for, promote, and deliver greater public and professional understanding of dementia. We will continue to achieve this locally through services including practical and emotional one-to-one support; personalised information and signposting; learning opportunities; and by providing meaningful group activities.

Updated:
15 September 2016
Location:
North West
Local Alliances:
South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

1)      Continue providing specialised practical and emotional support, a point of contact, and meaningful activities for the person living with dementia and for carers. 

We will continue to develop quality information and support services, delivering face-to-face, by telephone, and by email; in groups and one to one. We will support people to express feelings and understand information including about Dementia, its progression, coping techniques, legal and financial issues and many other topics. We will signpost to further local support where needed.

2)      Continue championing public and professional awareness and understanding of dementia 

Throughout our day to day work, we are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia. We provide outreach, events, talks, and invite and encourage people to become Dementia Friends. 

3)      Work proactively with the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance

We are committed to working with partners to promote the interests of those we support.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding about dementia is poor, with limited public appreciation that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and for carers. Developing public and professional understanding and recognition of these opportunities is important for our communities. 

Most importantly we need to work with people living with dementia, and families and carers, to understand what matters most to them in order to transform quality of life for all people living with dementia. 

People often do not experience a timely diagnosis and report not receiving the information and support they need when they need it to begin living well with dementia. There is risk of growing social isolation and loneliness – a loss of local engagement we and the DAA can challenge by developing understanding and accessibility.

There is sparse funding going into dementia research compared to some other major disease groups. We need to make a clear case for action on dementia to achieve better outcomes and we can support this by evidencing the framework and demonstrating the effectiveness of communities working together.

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • 1) Continue providing specialised practical and emotional support, a point of contact, and meaningful activities for the person living with dementia and for carers.

    We will continue to develop quality information and support services, delivering face-to-face, by telephone, and by email; in groups and one to one. We will support people to express feelings and understand information including about Dementia, its progression, coping techniques, legal and financial issues and many other topics. We will signpost to further local support where needed.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Continue championing public and professional awareness and understanding of dementia

    Throughout our day to day work, we are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia. We provide outreach, events, talks, and invite and encourage people to become Dementia Friends.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Work proactively with the South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance

    We are committed to working with partners to promote the interests of those we support.

    Status:
    Being implemented