Girls' Brigade companies unite against dementia

Julie Magee

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Julie Magee

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julie.magee@thechronicle.uk.com

ALZHEIMER’S Society has united with the Senior Girls at local Girls Brigade companies in Garvagh and Armoy to teach them about dementia and the effects it has on those suffering with the condition.

The girls are also making fidget blankets to help people with dementia which will go towards earning one of their badges.

Dementia Support Worker for the Causeway area, Aoife McMaster, held dementia awareness sessions in Armoy and Garvagh to help the girls understand more about dementia.

They learned about the symptoms a person with dementia may experience, including memory loss, unusual behaviours, problems with communication, sight and other issues.

They were also told about the importance of offering support and understanding to the person affected, so that they can cope better with their symptoms and not feel isolated or stigmatised.

The girls talked about their own project, how they were making fidget blankets which they hoped could help people with dementia.

If you are interested in hosting dementia awareness sessions with your youth group or school, get your free pack at: https://www.alzheimers.

org.uk/get-involved/dementia-friendly-

communities/dementia-friendly-generation

*For more on this see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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