Dementia Matters

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Couple worried about dementia

Dementia and living in the community

People with dementia can continue to live independently in the community for longer if they have the right support. With appropriate activities available on a regular basis they can continue to socialise and enjoy doing the things they used to do, and take up new activities too.  Carers get some respite and a chance to meet and chat with others dealing with the same issues.

Lymington Dementia Action Group

Lymington Dementia Action Group (LDAG) is a local volunteer organisation dedicated to helping people with dementia and their carers living in the community to access relevant advice, support, companionship and activities.  

Volunteer members of LDAG provide a "signposting" service and organise events to help people living with dementia to feel welcomed and secure in our community and to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. 

"Signposting" to the support you need

 Simply want to know more about dementia

  • If you just want to know a little about dementia, Dementia Friends Sessions can help. For information about becoming a “dementia friend” and even a “dementia champion” to help others learn too:
  • No diagnosis as yet – but would like to find services in the local area that may help: Care Navigators offer free, impartial advice to anyone aged 50+, as well as their families and carers, to help overcome any challenges they may face. 019863 525282. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • New Forest Live at Home – connecting older people in communities. Various activities and groups in the local area. 079483 112138. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Worried about dementia?  To get a diagnosis

  • If you are worried that you or a loved one may have dementia the first step is to visit your GP

Dementia diagnosed? 

If you're newly coping with a diagnosis of dementia for yourself or a loved one you may find the following list of contacts helpful.

  • Following a GP Diagnosis the first step is likely to be a GP referral to the Becton Centre - The Fairway, Barton On Sea, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 7AP. 01425 623802
  • National Dementia Advice Line: For general information, support or advice about dementia you can contact the advice line on 0300 222 11 22
  • Alzheimers Society has a wealth of information and advice including information which can be downloaded from their website.
  • Alzheimers Society Dementia Advisor – Dementia advisors offer general support, to help people come to terms with a diagnosis of dementia,.  Dementia Advisors also assist with the health and social care support available to people with a diagnosed dementia and their carers. Our local advisor is Viv Walker:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone on 02380 610173  or 07484 092551.  More information click this link:  Local Dementia Advisor
  • Admiral Nurses: Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support. To find your local Admiral Nurse contact: 0800 888 6678 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For general information on attendance allowance, carer allowance – contact LOCAL social services – for Lymington Area : Avenue Rd, Lymington, SO41 9YB. 01590 625150
  • For information on Power of Attorney any legal worries – contact a local solicitor who is dementia friendly.  In the Lymington Area we have Moore Blatch - 48 High St, Lymington SO41 9ZQ 01590 625800.
  • We can also supply a "Worried about Dementia" Leaflet.  This is available in leaflet dispenser in the doctors surgeries and also in Waitrose and Lymington Community Centre.


Local dementia support groups,  events and activities - click the links for more information

  • Dementia Support Group at The Coates Centre -  monthly coffee morning for people with dementia and their partners and carers, find out about the support available locally
  • Weekly "pop up cafe" on Friday afternoons at Court Lodge
  • Art classes run by Dementia New Forest:  Monday mornings 10-12, alternating between Milford on Sea community centre and Linden House in Lymington as venues. Please call ahead to book a place beforehand as numbers are limited.
  • Together in Harmony - twice monthly music sessions with Frances Attwood for people living with dementia in the community - held at Boldre Memorial Hall

Helpful articles and information


Want to know more about dementia?

Dementia is not a normal part of ageing and is not confined to the elderly. The term dementia describes a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, such as Alzhimers or a series or small strokes. Find out more about dementia.

Dementia friendly events

Dementia friendly organisations

Lymington Dementia Action Group

The Lymington Dementia Action Group (LDAG) is a group of volunteers based in and near Lymington. It was formed initially as part of a national initiative to encourage communities to recognise that the increasing number of people living with dementia and their carers need our understanding and support. Learn more about LDAG.

Dementia friendly Lymington - businesses and events

Events organised in Lymington and surrounding areas by LDAG and other local organisations, including music events, sports events, tea dances and Dementia Friends meetings. Find out what's on in our Events Calendar.

A number of shops, places and organisations in Lymington are now 'dementia friendly' - for details, see Dementia friendly Lymington

Find dementia help and support

If you’re worried about possible dementia symptoms, or if a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and you need support or information about local facilities available, click here.

Whatever your needs or concerns about dementia, Lymington Dementia Action Group will try to point you in the right direction to get more information, advice or support. The team would also be interested in hearing your comments, suggestions or experiences related to dementia services and facilities in the area. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

news of recent events 

Quiz boosts Dementia Action

Team members from five New Forest care homes went into battle for a ‘fiercely competitive but fun’ quiz in aid of the Lymington Dementia Action Group. Read more.

Tea Dance Delight

On Saturday 6th May 2017, people in our local community living with dementia, together with their families and carers, attended Lymington Dementia Action Groups 4th Tea Dance. Held at the Lymington Centre from 2-4pm, guests enjoyed tea and cakes supplied by Colten Care, on vintage bone china which had been supplied very generously by Jane Rowlatt. The fabulous entertainment, which got everybody singing and dancing, was provided by Retro Rita, who sang a selection of songs from the 40's and 50's. The event was attended by over 62 people and thanks also goes to members of the Lymington Lions Club for their continued help and support on the day.

LDAG trip to Exbury Gardens

Lymington Dementia Action Group organised an outing to Exbury Gardens in June, with picnic and train rides on the steam railway. It was a great success and more trips like this are planned. 

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