Bunclody set for dementia friendly town

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BUNCLODY is set to become a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’, with the HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s Public Health Nursing Department working closely with Wexford County Council’s Local Community Development Committee and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland on a project that will see a range of initiatives in place to help improve awareness of those with dementia and their carers.   

An Open Training Day for local businesses was held in the Bunclody Day Care Centre last Wednesday, September 11th. The training was funded by the HSE and free of charge for participants. The course was designed to improve staff’s understanding and provide advice on how business can improve its communication to support people with dementia and their families in the locality.

Setting the context for the Open Day, South East Community Healthcare’s Head of Service for Health and Wellbeing Derval Howley said: “Figures show that there are over 50,000 people living with Dementia in Ireland today and that number is expected to increase significantly over the next 20 years.

up to 4,000 people a year in Ireland develop some form of dementia

“Indeed, medical research is telling us that up to 4,000 people a year in Ireland develop some form of dementia. Dementia is progressive and there is currently no cure.

“Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response. According to research, a majority of people with dementia (63%) live at home in the community.”

Public Health Nurse Ann Marie Hayes said: “More than 180,000 people in Ireland are currently or have been carers for a family member or partner with dementia with many more providing support and care in other ways.

“South East Community Healthcare (SECH) looks forward to supporting Bunclody and this forthcoming Open Training Day will be a good start.”

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