HELLO You’ll have picked up this guide because you or someone you know is affected by dementia; or because you’re worried about your memory; or perhaps because you want to see where you can help. Dementia does not change who you are. Our message is that your Community cares and that support is out there for you: that there’s a growing number of things to do and places to go and people to see. this guide Is to help anyone affected by dementia: • to continue doing the things you enjoy • to get done the things you need to do • to find information, help and support • to enjoy new activities South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance Our purpose is to continue the good work of local partners, from independent businesses to your council to nationwide charities, in making South Ribble Dementia Friendly. We are helping businesses and organisations to realise that sometimes all a person needs is a little more time and a little more understanding. What is Dementia? Dementia is a progressive disease which develops in different ways and at different speeds for different people. Among its symptoms it can affect how you perceive the world, how your body works, how you communicate, and your memory. It is not a natural part of ageing. The brain is an organ and sometimes, whatever our age or how healthy we keep ourselves, things happen to it. You’re not to blame and you’re not at fault.