A CHARITY has urged people to Unite against Dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society supported over 2,200 people in the Chorley area last year, but believes there are still many more who are not getting access to help.

Last week, Alzheimer’s Society staff were welcomed by Chorley Library to provide information as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Staff were on hand to also provide support as well as signposting people affected by dementia to local services.

Kathleen Storton, services manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “This year we asked people to come together to Unite against Dementia, forgetting their differences to help urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding.

“Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all.

"It’s set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.

“Activities like this information stand help tackle dementia by raising awareness and letting people affected know we are here for them."

Julie Bell, head of Lancashire County Council's libraries, museums, culture and registration service, said: "Lancashire's libraries were pleased to be able to work with the Alzheimer's Society to support our customers and their families during Dementia Awareness Week.

"We are also encouraging people to access books to help them with their health, and 'Reading for Health' includes many useful books about dementia to help them live well with the condition."

The charity provides information and support, to find out more call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW