The HSE’s Understand Together campaign is inspiring people from all sections of society to stand together with the 500,000 Irish people whose families have been affected by dementia.
We want to help create an Ireland that embraces and includes people who are living with dementia and which displays solidarity with them and their loved ones.
More and more people are seeing the importance of social connections for people with dementia. Social interaction is healthy, like exercise for the brain, it can slow down symptoms, including deteriorating memory.
We can help – see the person not the dementia, talk about it, ask how you can help, stay in touch and support the person to keep up hobbies and interests.
Alan Corcoran from South East Radio’s Morning Mix spoke to HSE Dementia Nurse Ann-Marie Hayes.
For more information Freefone 1800 341 341 or log onto www.understandtogether.ie