Singer Dara attends dementia workshop
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, visit www.nch.ie/Online/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.understandtogether.ie or call 1800 341 341.
Jillian Saunders, Beaumont, Dara MacMahon, Greystones, and Devon McGillivray, Drumshanbo, Leitrim.