Information on this page was last updated on 01/10/2017
Dementia Friendly Rossendale (DFR) is a local initiative. It is volunteer driven and supported by local groups, public bodies, and health and social sector departments. It will attempt to break down barriers and prejudices and identify opportunities where the local community can help in a positive way.
For those who have had no direct experience of living with dementia or caring for someone with the condition, the mind automatically races to images of unpredictable outbursts or no recognition of family or friends.
Whilst dementia is not a consequence of old age, it is more common in older people. In Rossendale, this is a particular challenge because there is a relatively higher older population already, so the number of people with dementia is set to grow.
It is estimated that there are currently 1100 people living with dementia in Rossendale. However, dementia doesn’t only touch the patient and when you consider the domestic care involved, the further number of people affected by the condition can easily rise two or threefold. Worryingly, this number will rise by 17% by 2020.
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