Dementia awareness week is marked in Mid Ulster

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Almost 40 people benefitted from two Dementia Awareness Skills Workshops which took place last month in the Clogher Valley area to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

The workshops, which were delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), were organised in partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society, Mid Ulster District Council, Closing the Gap, and the Southern Health & Social Care Trust (SHSCT) as part of a programme of activity to help create age-friendly communities and to establish Fivemiletown and Clogher as Good Neighbourhoods for Ageing Well.

Participants gained a powerful insight into how dementia is experienced and the impact dementia has on everyday life enabling them to be better prepared to identify vulnerable customers and understand their needs.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashto, said: “Understanding dementia and how it affects a person can build confidence in our ability to identify, communicate with, and relate to people living with the condition.

“Even small changes in attitudes and behaviour can make a big difference to a person with dementia.”