Alzheimer’s Society to hold information talks on dementia

Alzheimer’s Society to hold information talks on dementia

Gemma Hanna

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ALZHEIMER’S Society in partnership with Southern Health and Social Care Trust is holding free virtual information sessions for people who want to learn more about dementia.

There will be four talks over four consecutive weeks on Zoom.

The first week is titled ‘Introduction to Dementia and Overview of Memory Services’ and will be led by Memory Service, Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

The second talk is titled ‘Behaviours that May Challenge’ and will again be led by Memory Service and will be joined by Dementia Navigators to explain the service which aims to support people to live well with memory problems.

Olga Edwards from the Office of Care and Protection will deliver the third talk focusing on Legal Matters; Controllership & Power of Attorney.

The final talk will see Community Advice Armagh providing information on accessing benefits and will be joined by Hanna Lockhart from Playlist for Life describing the benefits of music for people living with dementia and Gemma Hanna will give an overview of services offered by Alzheimer’s Society.

More than 20,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with dementia. These sessions are an excellent opportunity for people in the local community to learn about dementia and the local services available to them.

The sessions are free and are open to anyone who would like to learn more about the condition.

There will be an opportunity to get more information, signposting and support.

Gemma Hanna, who recently began her new role as a Dementia Support Worker in the Southern Trust, said: “This information and support can be vital to those affected by dementia. It can help them understand how dementia is affecting their loved one and help them find coping strategies as it often can be a difficult journey.

“The sessions can also help others who may know someone in their community who has dementia. It will give them an idea of what the person is going through on a daily basis as a result of the diagnosis.

“Sadly the pandemic has been catastrophic for people living with dementia and their loved ones.

“Alzheimer’s Society’s services have been used over six million times across the UK since lockdown began in March 2020.

She continued: “People can also help support us by getting involved with our Elf Day event on 3 December. It is a great way to get people together to celebrate the festive season, and it’s so easy to take part.

“You will be raising vital funds and awareness during what can be a challenging and isolating time for people affected by dementia. We often see an increased demand for our services from families noticing changes in loved ones over the festive period.

“If you would like to get involved with Elf Day and help change the lives of people affected by dementia please got to alzheimers.org.uk/elf-day to receive a free fundraising pack.”

For further information about the carer information programme or caring for someone with dementia please contact Gemma Hanna, Dementia Support Worker on 07918706096

Timetable for Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Information Talks on Zoom
Tuesday 23rd November from 2.00pm to 4pm - “Introduction to Dementia?” – Memory Services, Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
Tuesday 30th November from 2.00pm to 4pm – “Behaviours that May challenge & Supporting you to live well with memory problems” – Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Tuesday 7th December from 2.00pm to 4pm – “Legal Matters; controllership & Power of Attorney” – Olga Edwards; Office of Care and Protection.
Tuesday 14th December from 2.00pm to 4pm – “Accessing benefits” – Community Advice Armagh “Information and advice to support carers”. – Gemma Hanna Alzheimer’s Society. “Playlist for Life – benefits of music for people living with Dementia” – Hannah Lockhart.

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