ENJOYING a laugh at the Dance Memory Club in Claremorris, which carers describe as a ‘lifeline’ for their loved ones living with dementia.

Combating dementia

Befriender and memory dance services a lifeline to families

A DEMENTIA diagnosis can often lead to a sense of isolation for the growing number of people who receive such devastating news.

In trying to come to terms with their illness, people often retreat from the world, believing they are unable to do the things they once enjoyed. This heightens anxiety and frustration and leaves carers and family members struggling to know how to offer help and support.

However, outreach services offered by Western Alzheimer’s, the Ballindine-based charity, is helping to connect patients with people who help them rediscover the things they once loved.

The Befriender Service matches volunteer ‘Befrienders’ with people whose dementia is at an early or moderate stage. The volunteers spend two to three hours with their companion each week, either within the home or outside. It gives carers a break…

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