The Wexford Dementia Alliance (WDA) has published a new information leaflet outlining the wide range of services to support people with dementia and their loved ones across the county.
The leaflet outlines a range of key contacts which provide confidential advice and services for people who have themselves, or who know someone who has, recently been diagnosed with dementia. It also aims to help people find answers to questions they may have around memory loss, cognitive changes or any other symptoms associated with dementia.
The leaflet is being distributed to communities throughout the county, including GP surgeries, and various health services, among them Wexford General Hospital, Enniscorthy Health Centre and New Ross Healthy Living Centre.
The WDA is a collaboration of health and social care professionals and various organisations involved in the support of people with dementia in Wexford. These include the HSE, Healthy Ireland, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, Wexford Family Carers Ireland and Wexford County Council.
This initiative is one of a number of actions being undertaken by the WDA to ensure people with dementia remain active citizens in the community. Other activities have included training for town planners on inclusive design, and dementia awareness training for businesses and the wider community in Bunclody. A walkability audit is also planned for Enniscorthy in due course.
There is an estimated 2,163 people living with dementia in Wexford and each year more than 11,000 people develop the disease across the country – that’s approximately 30 people every day.
Olga Cleary, HSE Business Manager and Research Lead for Health & Wellbeing, is the chair of the WDA. “We are delighted to provide this new information resource to the people of Wexford, which we hope will provide an at-a-glance overview of the wide range of dementia supports and services available in the county,” she said. “Of course, it is important to remember that people with dementia can still live well with support in their communities. In this regard, we also have a number of social outlets that people can access, including the Mindful Memories Choir which meets virtually every Wednesday. It’s important that people with dementia and their carers continue to have some fun too.”
For more information on dementia, visit www.understandtogether.ie.