Tom McCann is a dementia nurse specialist with Western Alzheimer’s and he’s been talking to Tommy Marren about the importance of people becoming more comfortable about talking about dementia. Every person has a role to play when it comes to dementia.
The person living with dementia can live a normal life but supports from family, friends, neighbours and communities can make a huge difference.
500,000 people have been affected by dementia, and people are becoming more understanding and empathetic of people with dementia.
Here are a few things that can help;
- See the person, not the dementia,
- Talk about dementia,
- Ask how you can help,
- Stay in touch,
- Support the person to keep up hobbies and interests,
- Make sure your service or space is easy to use.
For more information and support, call the national helpline on 1800 341 341 or visit www.understandtogether.ie.
Listen back to the full interview here.