People of Newry and Mourne will have the opportunity to put their questions to experts and find out more about dementia at the Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information Programme beginning on Wednesday 4th March, 7pm over 4 weeks at Newry Leisure Centre.

The Carer Information Programme aims to increase local awareness of the condition.  Over 20,000 people are living with dementia in Northern Ireland.  A team of experts will offer free information and advice to anyone with queries about caring for someone with dementia. Topics include role of Memory Service, money & legal matters and coping with behavioural changes. 

Dementia Support Worker Aisling Smith said “Dementia is one of the biggest health and social care challenges of our generation. Yet it continues to be a condition surrounded by stigma. This can mean that people who are worried about dementia, or simply want to find out more, may not know where to turn.”

Our Carer Information Programme offers an opportunity for those people to get the information and support they need. We’re here to provide people with information about where to get help and encourage those with concerns about their memory to visit their GP.” 

Newry Leisure Centre. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
Newry Leisure Centre. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

People can find out more about the Carer Information Programme by calling the local office 028 302 56057

To keep up to date with what Alzheimer’s Society is doing in your area, follow the local Twitter account @AlzSocNI or visit the Facebook page Alzheimer’s Society Northern Ireland 

If you are unable to attend this 4 week programme but would like to find out more about dementia, call the national dementia helpline on 0300 222 11 22 or visit

The Events

Carer Education & Support Programme 2020

Where: Multipurpose Room 2, Newry Leisure Centre When: Wednesday Evenings 7-9pm for 4 weeks

4th March 2020

An introduction to dementia (Memory Service)
Overview of Memory Service (Bernie Collins, Memory Service)

11th March 2020

Coping with behaviours that may challenge (Memory Service Nurse) ~Navigator Service “Supporting you to live well with dementia” (Stephanie McGrory & CatherineMcCorry - Under 65 Dementia Navigator)

18th March 2020

Legal matters & power of attorney (Conor Murphy, Office of Care & Protection) Dementia NI (Hazel Haworth, Empowerment Officer, Dementia NI)

25th March 2020

Accessing benefits (Siobhan McKay, Adviser, Community Advice)Alzheimer’s Society services, useful resources & information pack (Aisling Smith Newry Dementia Support Worker, Alzheimer’s Society)

Please contact Aisling Smith for more information

02830256057 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. welcome. No cost.

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