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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Support for Ribble Valley Dementia Carers

Published Tuesday 29th January 13

Carers and relatives of people with dementia living in Ribble Valley are invited to a series of training and support sessions.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has organised the sessions after a dementia awareness day in Clitheroe last November was a huge success, attracting over 100 people from across East Lancashire.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has joined forces with Age UK Lancashire, the Alzheimer's Society and NHS East Lancashire to bring the sessions to isolated communities.

The sessions, at the Grindleton Pavilion on 19 February and Longridge Station Buildings on 12 March, are targeted at family carers and aim to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms, concerns and implications of dementia.

They will also remove the stigma of dementia, show a positive way of handling it and outline local support mechanisms.

Ribble Valley Borough Council partnership officer David Ingham said: "The dementia awareness day at the Grand in Clitheroe was a huge success and we are aiming to build on that success in other parts of the borough.

"Caring for someone with dementia can be very isolating, particularly in rural communities, and many people aren't aware of the support and treatment that is available.

"We are in contact with a number of people who lead happy and fulfilled lives with a diagnosis of dementia, and would encourage anyone with concerns for themselves, a friend or family member, to come along to one of the sessions and discover what is available."

The Grindleton session starts at 1.30pm and the Longridge session at 10.00am. The sessions are free and refreshments will be provided. Booking is necessary with David Ingham on 01200 414549.

Dementia facts:

  1. Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function, the most common being Alzheimer's Disease, which affects 62 per cent of sufferers.
  2. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.
  3. There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, which is expected to rise to over a million by 2021.
  4. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
  5. Dementia will cost the UK over £23billion in 2012, expected to rise to £27billion a year by 2018.
  6. Unpaid carers supporting someone with dementia save the economy £8billion a year.