All pics: Mary Browne
TRANSITION Year and Fifth Year students from Duiske College, Graignamanagh attended a community awareness talk as part of the nationwide Dementia: Understand Together initiative, led by the HSE, with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio.
The talk was presented by nurses Mary Hickey and Joan McDonald who are working with people living with dementia at the Kilkenny Memory Clinic, based in St Columba’s Community Hospital, Thomastown.
Aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and understanding of dementia within the community and to reduce stigma around the condition, to help people with dementia to live well, to inform the community how they can support friends and neighbours, and what we can do to minimise our risk of dementia in the future.
It’s estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland and this number is expected to more than double to 113,000 by 2036.
Information evenings for the wider community will be held in early 2018 in Thomastown and Graignamanagh.
More info, including supports and services, www.understandtogther.ie or 1800 341341