Lymington - a dementia friendly community
Given the support they need, people with dementia can continue to live independently in the community for longer. 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.
Volunteer members of the Lymington Dementia Action Group (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: www.dementiafriends.org.uk
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? For lots of advice and support see the list below
- 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
- 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.
Regular 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
Dementia is a "Glorious Opportunity" - uplifting words and advice for all from Dr Jennifer Bute who herself has Alzheimers
Explaining dementia to children and young people may be difficult. Here is some information that might help.
Let us all consider how we can help those people living locally with dementia. Find out more about dementia.
Many thanks to Lymington resident, Peter Dean, who recently wrote this thoughtful poem about dementia, entitled 'It Will Still Be Me'
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.
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.
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.