AlzTalks 2018, Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo

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We were delighted to hold our celebratory annual AlzTalks event at the Hawk's Well Theatre in Sligo on Thursday, October 25th. 

The legendary Tommy Fleming capped off the evening with a fantastic performance with three songs for the audience including ‘Bright Blue Rose’, ‘The Contender’ and ‘Hard Times’.
 
This eclectic free event, which featured a number of touching real life stories from people with dementia and carers, previously took place in Dublin in 2016 and Cork last year.
 
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Dementia advocate Helen Rochford Brennan, who is from Tubbercurry in Co Sligo, was the ambassador for the event. 
 
Helen was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in July 2012. Helen is the current Chairperson of the European Working Group of People with Dementia and is the group’s nominee to the Board of Alzheimer Europe; she is former Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group and continues to sit on the steering committee.
 
Speakers on the night included members of The ASI’s Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG) Jacinta Dixon (Dublin), Kevin Quaid (Limerick) and members of The ASI’s Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN) Rachel McMahon (Limerick) and Helena Quaid (Cork).
 
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Other musical acts for the AlzTalks event included members other local musicians and performers including students from the Sligo Academy of Music and poet Damien Brennan. The MC was Robert Fitzpatrick. All videos from the AlzTalks event will be available on The ASI’s social media channels in the coming weeks.
 
Videos of all speakers on the night will be available soon!
 
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Our ambassador Helen Rochford Brennan of our IDWG, Chairperson of Europe Working Group of People with Dementia and Alzheimer Europe board member delivered a very impactful speech on promoting a human rights-based approach through the active involvement of people with dementia at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Barcelona recently. You can read it in full here
 

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