Singer Dara at­tends de­men­tia work­shop

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SINGER Dara MacMa­hon from Grey­stones was among the par­tic­i­pants at a re­cent de­men­tia aware­ness train­ing work­shop at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall.

The work­shop was part of the De­men­tia: Un­der­stand To­gether ini­tia­tive, and held in ad­vance of the ex­pan­sion of the NCH’s Health & Har­mony pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme brings pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians to peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia, their fam­i­lies and car­ers, in day or respite care cen­tres around the coun­try.

The aim is that peo­ple with de­men­tia can en­joy mu­sic per­for­mance in an in­for­mal way and gain from its ben­e­fits to their emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-be­ing and qual­ity of life. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­line/Health-Har­mony

The De­men­tia: Un­der­stand To­gether ini­tia­tive, led by the HSE, work­ing with the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ire­land and Ge­nio, is about rais­ing aware­ness of de­men­tia within the com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing peo­ple with de­men­tia in liv­ing well. It’s es­ti­mated that there are 55,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in Ire­land and this num­ber is ex­pected to more than double to 113,000 by 2036.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing de­tails of county sup­ports and ser­vices avail­able, visit www.un­der­stand­to­ or call 1800 341 341.

Jil­lian Saun­ders, Beaumont, Dara MacMa­hon, Grey­stones, and Devon McGillivray, Drumshanbo, Leitrim.

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