A charity set up by people with dementia to tackle misconceptions about the condition is taking their message out into the Carrickfergus community.
They want to explain what living with dementia is actually like and to challenge negative assumptions in the hope that others will be more accepting and tolerant of the symptoms and helpful towards people living with the condition.
Dementia NI was set up by five people living with dementia with the aim of establishing groups throughout Northern Ireland solely for people living with the condition. This would enable people to meet on a regular basis, offer each other peer support through social gatherings, and to raise awareness about dementia.
“Many who first hear that they have dementia feel isolated, deskilled and afraid,” said Ashleigh Davis, the charity’s empowerment officer. “Dementia NI assist these people to remain valued citizens who can still play a beneficial part within their communities.”
Dementia NI is currently establishing a group in Carrickfergus and is reaching out to others to support people with the diagnosis within the local community.
If you are interested in learning more about dementia come along to Carrickfergus Community Forum on Wednesday, August 2 from 10.30am.
For more information on Dementia NI empowerment groups within your area, please contact Dementia NI on Tel: 02890 686768 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carrickfergus group will be the 7th empowerment group to be established by Dementia NI. Groups have also been established in Belfast, Antrim, Londonderry, Holywood, Irvinestown and Craigavon.