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Who We Are

Local member lead charity Dementia NI was set up by five people living with a diagnosis of dementia. 

 

Our organisation was founded on 15 January 2015 to provide a voice for people who are living with a diagnosis of dementia and to reach out to others who have dementia.

 

What we do

 

Our charity has recently launched their 'Empower and Support Project’ funded by the National Lottery. Through this project participants benefit from the mutual support of others with dementia to help come to terms with the diagnosis, manage the challenges they face, reconnect with their communities, and use and build on their own strengths to rebuild confidence and engage in proactive, meaningful activities.

Dementia NI has established Dementia Empower and Support Groups throughout Northern Ireland which provide a place for members, who all have a diagnosis of dementia, to come together, reflect, share experiences, provide peer support and consult with other organisations and professionals.

The Dementia NI Empower and Support Groups enable people with dementia to have a voice, remain active and part of their community. Dementia NI members meet on a regular basis in suitable venues to offer each other support through friendly social gatherings and raise awareness about what it is like to live with the symptoms of dementia.

The Empower and Support Groups are organised by a member of staff who provides administrative support and organise visitors, who come along to meet the members and learn from them.

 

Our aims

  • • Challenge the stigma of having a diagnosis by raising awareness about dementia
    • Promote the right for people living with dementia to be involved in decisions that affect their lives
    • Provide training, education and awareness to organisations and the public on how to best support people living with dementia
    • Support people living with dementia to raise awareness of dementia in their own right

 

Understanding dementia

Dementia is an overall term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with the deterioration of functions including memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities.

Symptoms differ from person to person but can affect orientation, perception, understanding, memory, decision making, ability to learn, communication and judgement.

There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia can happen to anybody but is more common after the age of 65.