The afternoon started with a celebration presentation highlighting the local success of Alzheimer’s Society’s work over the past year. Then it was time for the Mayor of Lisburn and the Vice Chairman of Down to get the dancing started.
There are 17,700 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland alone. Local people living with dementia and their families are being supported by Alzheimer’s Society through one to one support, activity groups, carer support groups and information and education sessions.
Over 450 people throughout Lisburn, Ballynahinch, Newcastle and Downpatrick have accessed these services within the past year. Charlotte Moore, Dementia Support Worker for the area, said: “Maintaining these services and providing the vital link to peer support for people with dementia and their families would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Between helping with support and activity groups, fundraising and raising awareness their contribution is truly invaluable.”
Suzanne Montgomery, Activities Manager, added: “It was a great day, seeing such a good crowd really enjoying themselves, proving that you can live well after a diagnosis of dementia”.
If you would like more information contact Charlotte Moore Dementia Support Worker for Down & Lisburn on 028 97 564681 or email [email protected]