New Campaign To Increase Understanding Of Dementia

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New Campaign To Increase Understanding Of Dementia


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A new TV, radio and online campaign is set to increase understanding and support for people living with dementia.

It's part of a 'Dementia: Understand Together' initiative by the Department of Health.

There are an estimated 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland - this number is expected to more than double by 2036.

The new adverts tell the stories of Maureen O'Hara and Paddy Butler, both from Kilkenny, who've shared their experience of living with dementia.

It comes as a new survey shows only one-in four of us are confident that we understand dementia - and nearly half of us are unsure people could stay friends with someone with dementia.

Health Minister Simon Harris said: "We want to open up conversations in homes, workplaces and communities across the country about dementia, increasing understanding and reducing the isolation that people with the condition frequently experience.

"It aims to show that people with dementia can be supported to live well, and that each of us can play our part by maintaining friendships and including people in our shared community life."

For more information, you can visit www.understandtogether.ie or freephone 1800-341-341


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