Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Living with Dementia in a Pandemic – two free Webinars from Home Instead
As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, an annual international campaign aimed at raising awareness and generating solutions for people living with dementia, Home Instead is hosting two Webinars on Dementia on Friday, September 25, 2020.
The Webinars will explore the challenges faced by people living with dementia during the ongoing pandemic, such as their understanding of Covid-19, staying safe, and dealing with the closure of services such as day care centres.
The first Webinar runs from 10.30am-11.30am on September 25, and is aimed at Health Care Professionals who are working on the frontlines of dementia care, as well as other individuals involved in the provision of dementia care services and supports in Ireland.
The second Webinar takes place from 12pm-1pm, and is aimed at Family Carers who provide support to loved ones living with dementia, or any other members of the public with an interest in dementia.
- Tony O’Brien, former Director General of the HSE, will Chair the Webinar, lead a panel discussion and field audience’s questions to speakers.
- Prof Seán Kennelly, Geriatrician at TUH, on dementia and the impact of Covid-19 and its accompanying isolation on brain health.
- Bernie Byrne, Home Instead Dementia Champion, speaks with Teena Gates, Broadcaster and Family Carer, on how Covid-19 has impacted Teena’s father’s life.
- Dr. Muiris Houston, Medical Writer and Health Analyst, on how Covid-19 has increased risks of falls, malnutrition and risk of hospitalisation.
- Sinéad Grennan, CEO at Engaging Dementia, on the importance of social connectedness and meaningful activities in the home, as public health restrictions continue to severely limit social support services.
Attendees can expect an engaging and informative session aimed at exploring positive solutions and ideas which can be valuable to Health Care Professionals, Family Carers and above all people living with dementia in a very uncertain time for health care services.
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Home Instead Supports Public to #KnowAlzheimers #KnowDementia During World Alzheimer's Month
September 2021 is the 10th anniversary of World Alzheimer’s Month, which is aimed at raising awareness and challenging stigmas associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. World Alzheimer’s Month is organised by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), a global not-for-profit. It says there is a growing urgency for people around the world to ‘Know Dementia’ – and that is the campaign theme for this year.
New figures provided by the ADI underscore the growing issue. It says there are more than 50 million people around the world living with dementia, and that someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. The ADI warns that the number of people living with dementia is predicted to triple by 20250, rising to 152 million. It hopes that World Alzheimer’s Month increases awareness among key stakeholders in a bid to effect real and meaningful progress.
Know when to seek help
Early diagnosis can be critical in achieving more positive health outcomes for those living with dementia, and that is one reason why the focus of this year’s campaign is around diagnosis. Like most diseases, people tend to seek help only when they recognise an issue, and the ADI hopes that its efforts to help more people know dementia will encourage more people to seek help if they recognise the signs, either among themselves, or a loved one.
“As we are on the cusp of significant therapeutic breakthroughs that require early diagnosis to be effective, it is becoming increasingly clear that people the world over are not being diagnosed due to lack of specialists, of diagnostic equipment, of resources and due to stigma. Our 2019 World Alzheimer Report found that 62% of healthcare professionals still incorrectly believe Alzheimer’s and Dementia are due to normal ageing!” says the ADI.
The ADI wants people to understand that dementia is not a normal part of ageing, so getting a diagnosis can help you take control and plan ahead. Its World Alzheimer Report 2021 is also focused on diagnosis, and the organisation is launches it on September 21.
“We will be looking at the role of government, healthcare professionals, and civil society in diagnosis, highlighting gaps, and shining a light on the experiences of people who are living with dementia and their families,” says the ADI.
Know Dementia with Home Instead
Home Instead has long supported organisations which care about people living with dementia. This month, we’re supporting the ADI’s campaign, and we are the only home care company involved in the forthcoming World Alzheimer’s Report.
Our Home Care Professionals Academy is a unique training school for our 4,000+ team of CAREGivers across Ireland, who can now access City & Guilds-accredited Dementia Care Training. This is focused on the dignity of the person in receipt of the care to ensure they have the best possible care experience.
We are also publishing practical care skills, tips and advice for families caring for a loved one living with dementia, on our website and social media platforms.