As part of a new joint campaign, the Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG) and the Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN) released a video highlighting the experiences of people receiving dementia diagnoses.
The new campaign aims to educate healthcare professionals on the support people want when receiving a diagnosis.
“We are hoping this campaign can really help to support people with dementia and their families at the time of a diagnosis,” said DCCN member Micheal Rowsome.
“My mum, Kate, wasn’t told that she had dementia because in her case it was difficult to diagnose and it wasn’t clear cut, but that meant we couldn’t access the services we needed. When I first spoke to the Public Health Nurse she explained that without a diagnosis she couldn’t get involved in our case.”
In addition to the video, the groups will be presenting to health care professionals with the support of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI).
“We are hoping that this campaign will raise awareness among healthcare professionals of the supports people with dementia and their families want and need at the time of their diagnosis,” IWDG member Anne McGeown said.
There are currently about 55,000 people with Dementia in Ireland, and that number is expected to more than double in the next 20 years, according to the ASI.