Dementia Support Group News
Dementia is a decline in thinking, reasoning, and/or remembering. People with dementia have difficulty carrying out daily tasks they have performed routinely and independently throughout their lives. Alzheimers Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour.
• September is World Alzheimers month. It was therefore fitting that the Dementia Support Group in Boyle held an information session on Wed Sept 5th. The Plunkett Home was the venue and the session was well attended. In her presentation to the group, Fiona Beattie (Alzheimers nurse for Roscommon) provided information on Alzheimers and dementia. This was followed by lunch and then a visit to the Memory Resource room in the Primary Care Centre – people can self refer to the service.
Among the points raised at the session were, the need for greater support for carers and the availability of more daycare for those with dementia.
It is intended to have another information session in Keadue in December. In the new year. the support group hopes to facilitate a regular gathering for those with dementia and their carers if that is what people want.
• On another note, Boyle Primary Care Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland will run a short workshop focusing on how to stay connected with your friends, family and community if you have dementia. The workshop is for people with the dementia, their family, friends and community and all are welcome. You will leave the workshop with a clear idea of why staying connected is important for people with dementia and what you can do on a day to day basis to help.
The workshop will take place in Boyle Primary Care Centre on Wednesday September 19th from 11.30am to 12pm. All are welcome, no booking necessary and any questions can be directed to John Brennan on 071 967 3531.