Members of the Irish Dementia Working Group and Dementia Carers Campaign Network have shared their stories as part of a new campaign which aims to educate healthcare professionals about the supports people want and need when receiving a dementia diagnosis.
As part of this campaign, the two advocacy groups, which are both coordinated and supported by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, have produced a powerful video highlighting different experiences of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. This video also features Dr Tony Foley from the PREPARED project (Primary Care Education, Pathways & Research of Dementia), a three-year national primary care dementia project.
People with dementia and carers will also be presenting to healthcare professionals – including GPs, Geriatricians, Neurologists and Physicians – about this important issue over the coming months. Healthcare professionals are also being encouraged to visit www.dementiapathways.ie which is a web-based clinical education resource designed for GPs and community based healthcare professionals across Ireland.
Important resources are also available on www.understandtogether.ie, website of Dementia: Understand Together, a public support, awareness and information campaign led by the HSE, working with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio, that aims to inspire people from all sections of society to stand together with the 500,000 Irish people whose families have been affected by dementia.
For information on dementia, and the services and supports available, please call the National Alzheimer Helpline on 1800 341 341.