Dementia


Blackpool has become the first town in the UK to ensure all its public transport is dementia friendly. Blackpool Transport has been including Dementia Friends Awareness sessions as part of its standard staff induction for bus and tram drivers since 2015. Building on their success around 1000 taxi drivers have also attended the awareness sessions this year as part of their licensing process. In the UK it is estimated there are 850,000...

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Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance have worked tirelessly in partnership with local services including Blackpool Transport, Blackpool Council and local taxi services to ensure travel within the town is Dementia Friendly. Dementia is a general term to describe symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. There are many types of dementia, with the most...

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Organisations throughout Blackpool have rallied together under the direction of the local Dementia Action Alliance and with the support of the Blackpool Fairness Commission to make the resort a safer and more dementia friendly town. Over the last four years work has taken place across the town to raise awareness, increase knowledge and support for those living with dementia whilst developing approximately 6000 people to become...

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Dealing with dementia can often by stressful for both the patient and their family. Which is why North West law firm Napthens is championing the campaign to help people cope better with the often debilitating disease. The firm, which provides a wide range of specialist services including wills and estate planning, and advises on Court of Protection issues, has trained up a number of its staff to be Dementia Champions who have...

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David Houston knows what it’s like to live with dementia. His mother, Hazel, was diagnosed with the condition six years ago. The debilitating illness has left the 94-year-old frail, confused and in David’s words, “an empty vessel” – a heart-breaking condition which has seen her move from an active life with her husband Don to a high dependency nursing home where she is given the best care available. Working as chief executive of...

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Blackpool Dementia Support Services, Empowerment hosted a dementia awareness event at Sainsbury’s Talbot Road, on Saturday 21st May 10-4pm.  As part of our Charity partnership with Sainsbury’s, to support and promote services in line with Dementia awareness week.  Through the day there was information stalls, memory testing, entertainment and a charity bike ride in-store.  There was a number of organisations sharing important...

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