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A Dementia Friendly Programme

Published: Wed, 23 May 2018
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Pictured l-r: Paula Keenan (Graduate Trainee); Colm McQuillan (Director of Housing Services); Jonny Blease (Head of Corporate Communications & Secretariat); Cara Mulholland (Alzheimer’s Society); and Loma Wilson (South Down Area, Manager)
The Housing Executive is launching a dementia friendly programme among its South Down staff to ensure they can support tenants living with the condition
To mark the start of Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Action Week, (21-27 May 2018)  the social housing landlord has revealed that bespoke training will be delivered to over 60 staff based in its Downpatrick and Newry offices to become recognised dementia friends.
The organisation has already identified two dementia champions who will be to the forefront in delivering dementia services in their area.
The training is being delivered by Alzheimer’s Society and relates specifically to housing issues, in recognition of the frontline role that housing plays in improving society’s response to the condition.  
Carla Mulholland, from Alzheimer’s Society, said:
Over 20,000 people currently live with Dementia in NI. It is expected that these numbers will more than treble in the next 20-30 years
Dementia Friendly Communities were launched to help tackle the stigma and lack of understanding about people with dementia. We are really excited to be working with the Housing Executive and hopefully together we can improve the lives of people with dementia.”
Paula Keenan, a graduate trainee with the Housing Executive, was instrumental in organising the training. She said:
“Dementia is one of the greatest challenges we face in society today and its one that we must all work together to unite against. Housing providers can make a huge difference to a person living with dementia and therefore that will improve their quality of life.
The main message we want to get across is that life does not end when dementia begins and that we are here to support our tenants to remain safe and live well in the comfort of their own homes.”
The Housing Executive’s Head of Communications, Jonny Blease, is currently getting ready to participate in a cycle from London to Amsterdam in September to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society. More details can be found here: jonnyfrombelfast.wordpress.com
For more information on Dementia Action Week or to find out what action you can take visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW or follow #DAW on Twitter