Living Well with Dementia invites all members of our community – schools, clubs, businesses and neighbours- to contribute to making Stillorgan and Blackrock a dementia-friendly community. Throughout 2014, the LWwD team will be working across the community to raise awareness about dementia, reduce stigma and involve the support of many.
For an individual a community means a sense of belonging, involvement, support and feeling valued while accessing social interactions, resources and physical structures. When a person develops dementia they frequently withdraw from the community they have known all their lives for fear of getting lost, confused, not recognising neighbours or not finding the correct change for groceries. Yet it is these daily interactions with shops, neighbours and clubs which can counter-act the isolation associated with dementia. All members of the community (businesses, groups, clubs, schools, services) can help make Stillorgan-Blackrock age and dementia-friendly. Hints and Tips for family, friends and neighbours Most people will know a relative, friend or neighbour who has dementia or a memory problem. Common signs are confusion, forgetfulness, struggling to find words and repetitiveness. This can make everyday situations stressful. Click here (page 1) and click here (page 2) for some tips that may help you, help someone you know with dementia. The importance of friendship for People with Dementia Click here to read “An Interview with John Coleman, Dementia Champion and Member of the LWwD Project”
The importance of friendship for People with Dementia
Click here to read “An Interview with John Coleman, Dementia Champion and Member of the LWwD Project”
A number of schools already support the Living Well with Dementia project by providing TY students or facilities to support our events. To these we are extremely grateful.
For more information, please contact the Living Well with Dementia office on 706 0100.