Graignamanagh students attend awareness workshop on dementia

It’s estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland


From left: Diane Foley, Georgia Marcoe, Ellen Delaney and Rebecca Kelly

Transition Year and fifth year students from Duiske College in Graignamanagh recently attended a community awareness talk as part of the nationwide ‘Dementia: Understand Together’ initiative, led by the HSE, working with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio.

The talk was presented by nurses Mary Hickey and Joan McDonald who are working with people living with dementia at the Kilkenny Memory Clinic, based in St Columba’s Community Hospital in Thomastown.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and understanding of dementia within the community and to reduce stigma around the condition, to help people with dementia to live well, to inform the community how they can support friends and neighbours.

Pictured are: Riley Smith (Co-ordinator) Joan McDonald, Erin Hore and Casey Maher. Katie Staunton, Gemma Butler, Kat Healy teacher, Elise Holden, Chloe Boland and Michelle Boland. Photos: Mary Browne

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.

Information evenings for the wider community will be held in early 2018 in Thomastown and Graignamanagh, and further details of these events will be provided in due course.

For more information, including details of county supports and services available, visit or Freefone 1800-341 341.

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