Charity urges people to talk about dementia

Health Improvement Officer Frances Haughey, Alzheimers Society Development Worker Heather Von Loggerenberg and Good Relations Officer Wendy Shaw pictured in Dromore Town Hall at the Dementia Awareness Coffee Morning �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1621-208EB
Health Improvement Officer Frances Haughey, Alzheimers Society Development Worker Heather Von Loggerenberg and Good Relations Officer Wendy Shaw pictured in Dromore Town Hall at the Dementia Awareness Coffee Morning �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1621-208EB

The Alzheimer’s Society in the Dromore area have been encouraging residents to confront dementia during Dementia Awareness Week which runs from 15-21 May.

On Thursday 19 May charity staff and volunteers provided a Coffee Morning in Dromore Town Hall offering information about dementia and how to live well with the condition.

Entertainment was provided by the Community Choir who filled the room with song, dance and poems.

As part of Dementia Awareness Week the charity is helping people to face up to dementia and share their worries about the condition which affects over 20,000 people in N.Ireland

Adele Doherty, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in N.Ireland, said: “By openly talking about dementia we hope to tackle the many myths and misunderstandings about the condition and get across that life doesn’t end when dementia begins.

“The sooner you face up to dementia by coming to us for information and support, the sooner you can get the right treatment, support and advice to tackle it.

“Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia and there are lots of ways we can help you.

“Call our local office in Portadown 028 3839 4440 or National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW.”

The event was organised in partnership with Frances Haughey, Closing the Gap Project, Wendy Shaw, Good Relations Officer for Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and Heather Von Loggerenberg from the Alzheimer’s Society.