UNISON Northern Ireland

Dementia - An Introduction

Event Date: 
13 May 2019 - 10:00 to 12:30

Lodge Hotel Coleraine

A reflection of the growing numbers of older people in the population is an increase in the number of people living with dementia. In Northern Ireland it is estimated there are currently 21,000 people living with dementia it is predicted that his figure will increase to 60,000 by 2052.  Learning about dementia and how to best respond to someone with dementia is essential for all health & social care staff and family carers.  Improved understanding of dementia should improve the quality of the health and social care interaction as well as care received by a person living with dementia.  This short course will highlight what is meant by the term dementia, understanding conditions that cause dementia, know why receiving a diagnosis is important, recognise that each individual is unique, as well as touching on issues such as communication, behaviour, stress and distress.  The workshop supports the outcomes of the Dementia Learning & Development Framework.   It will be delivered by Dr Una Lynch from Sonrisa Solutions Ltd., qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor for over thirty years who has worked in academia, policy and practice and is a senior associate with the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.

Further sessions of this workshop will be delivered

10am - 12.30pm Wed 18th September UNISON Derry

This course is eligible for backfill funding for attendees who work in domiciliary/home care, day care or supported living in the private and community/voluntary sector under the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project administered by NISCC.  You must get approval from your employer in advance.