INISHOWEN’S first Alzheimer’s specific social club is due to open in Moville next week, after extensive campaigning by one local family.
Earlier this year, the Reynolds family from Moville started a campaign to have more facilities and support for their dad Tony after he was diagnosed with dementia in March 2015.
The family was shocked and disgusted to learn that the nearest support group for Alzheimer’s patients was in Donegal Town – some 65 miles from their hometown. However thanks to continued pressure, lobbying and fundraising by the Reynolds’, a dementia specific support group will launch in Moville, next Thursday, November 10.
Running every week from its base at the Day Centre in the town, the support group will give dementia suffers the chance to get out and give their carers the opportunity for a few hours respite safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are being cared for.
Julie Mundy, from the Donegal Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association said they will have a head carer as well as specifically trained support workers in Moville to ensure that the patients have the best possible standard of care.
Julie explains that the club will be more like a social gathering rather than a structured day and they will have plenty of entertainment for the people to ensure they are kept amused.
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