Plan to help people with dementia


A MEETING is to take place in Irvinestown in the coming weeks to explore how to make the town more accommodating for those living with dementia.
The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Irvinestown Community Partnership will be held at the Arc Healthy Living Centre on Thursday, April 6 at 7pm. All are invited to attend the meeting, which will be addressed by guest speakers Seamus McCusker, a dementia advocate, Julia Morton, coordinator with Dementia Friendly Communities, and Paula Canney, empowerment officer with Dementia NI.
“The key speeches this year will focus on making Irvinestown a dementia friendly town and caring community that looks out for its people,” said a spokesman for the Irvinestown Community Partnership.
“Over the years it has become apparent that the number of people with dementia in the county has grown. Many in our own community are making valiant efforts to live independent lives with the support of families and organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia NI.
“However too often there is a reluctance among family members to talk about the disease because of its stigma and lack of understanding.”
They added: “As a town we wish to help people of all ages, from children in Sure Start to Senior groups understand what dementia is. We also want to show as a town and community we can support people with memory difficulties in their daily lives and know that their lives will be enriched and fulfilled.”
The Irvinestown Community Partnership is an umbrella organisation for scores of local voluntary and community groups in north Fermanagh. Formed in 1996, the partnership concentrates on social issues, supports groups, and works on joint projects. It aims to promote cooperation between member groups, and to assist people in creating a positive vision for the community.

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