All your questions about dementia answered under one roof

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A unique opportunity for anyone affected by dementia to access vital help and information in one location will take place next month.

Two information days have been set up by Wigan Council following the conclusion of a 12-month consultation which asked residents what support they required.

Results showed that first diagnosis can be daunting and that a safe haven where answers surrounding the condition could be provided would be hugely beneficial.

With support and funding from Dementia United, the information days held in November will involve the Alzheimer’s Society, Later Life and Memory Service, the Carers Centre, Public Health, Wigan Dementia Action Alliance, The Lewy Body Society, Welfare rights, CAB and Dementia Friendly Communities.

Dementia United is an organisation that looks to improve all aspects of daily life for people living with dementia in Greater Manchester by bringing together experts and patients.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for health and adult services, said: “Wigan Council is always keen to be at the forefront of delivering services that meet the comprehensive needs of our residents.

“The idea behind the drop-in days is to make life easier for people living with a dementia diagnosis, their family and carers by bringing relevant organisations together under one roof making access to services much easier.”

Following feedback from the consultation, the council is looking to explore what support can be offered to those diagnosed under 65.

These drop-in sessions are not only valuable for residents but also an avenue in which the council can learn lessons from those directly affected.

People are welcome to attend either day at Wigan Library in the Life Centre North on Friday 1 November, 10am – 2pm and Saturday 30 November, 9.30am – 1.30pm.

For more information, please contact [email protected]