A weekly, free of charge Déise Dementia Café begins operation in Waterford this Friday (October 12)
Designed to provide support for people living with dementia or individuals experiencing memory loss and their loved ones, family or friends, the Déise Dementia Café takes place at 10.30am each Friday for the next four weeks in the Hub café at Respond’s St. John’s College, The Folly, Waterford.
Drawing attention to the initiative supported by the HSE/South East Community Healthcare, manager for Services for Older People in Waterford, Barbara Murphy, said:
“People are very welcome to come along on Friday mornings to the Déise Dementia Café to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a scone. It’s an opportunity to take time out of busy lives, to chat and meet people that may be experiencing something similar. You don’t need to come every week and sessions are free of charge. We will have guest speakers each week on different topics around dementia and memory loss.
“This is one of the initiatives we have been working on in the Waterford Integrated Care for Older People (WICOP), which is an initiative developed by an alliance of specialist geriatric community and hospital services in Waterford. Catherine Murphy (occupational therapist at the Age Related Care Unit in University Hospital Waterford) and other medical colleagues have an excellent programme in place for the four week run of the Déise Dementia Café, so we are looking forward to it being a resource to those living with dementia or others experiencing memory loss – and their loved ones, family and friends.”