DEMENTIA AND WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

27 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

World Alzheimer Month takes place this September and this week the Northern Standard takes a look at dementia and the actions that we can take to better support people with dementia and their families in our communities: For people with dementia and their families, it is often the small things that make a big difference.

Dementia: Understand Together is working to create a social movement where people all around the country, be they individuals, businesses, service providers or community groups, are inspired to take simple actions to tackle the stigma and isolation often experienced by people with dementia and their families. Today there are approximately 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. This number is set to more than double by 2036.

Indeed, each year over 4,000 people in Ireland develop dementia – that’s over 11 people every day. As numbers increase, it is vital that we address the challenges dementia pose to the individual, families and our communities. Behind the numbers there are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, neighbours and friends. All are living with a degenerative neurological condition that deeply affects their lives and the lives of people…

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