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  • Northside East

Dementia-friendly shopping project going well in Raheny

Sunday, 18th November, 2018 1:00pm
Dementia-friendly shopping project going well in Raheny

Pictured at the launch are Forget Me Not Choir members Mary and Loretto O’Leary, Audrey Carney and Cllr Deirdre Heney. PHOTOS: FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Dementia-friendly shopping project going well in Raheny

Pictured at the launch are Forget Me Not Choir members Mary and Loretto O’Leary, Audrey Carney and Cllr Deirdre Heney. PHOTOS: FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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A PILOT project designed to support those living with dementia and their carers by making it easier for them to shop and do business in their local community was launched in Raheny recently.

The ‘Getting the Messages’ initiative involves staff training and additional supports such as signage, appropriate displays and seating to create a dementia- inclusive environment.

Local councillor Deirdre Heney (FF) launched the scheme in SuperValu Raheny. 

“Through my work engaging with my local community, I became very aware of carers of loved ones living with dementia and how day-to-day tasks such as shopping and doing business present serious challenges,” she said. 

“We then held a workshop to learn more about these challenges and explore how local businesses could create dementia- inclusive experiences and environments.”

SuperValu Raheny was the business chosen for the pilot project. Every Wednesday, they will have supports and appropriate facilities available to enable shoppers living with dementia and their carers to have a positive and inclusive experience.

At the launch, Tina Leonard, Head of Advocacy and Public Affairs at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, said “We are delighted to support Dublin City Council and Supervalu Raheny with this initiative. “Creating awareness and improving inclusion are vital to overcome the daily challenges facing those living with dementia and their carers in local communities.

 “The project involves local businesses  implementing simple yet effective practices which benefit both those living with dementia and local businesses in that they can better serve this important segment of consumers.”

The project is sponsored by Dublin City Council in collaboration with  the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland helpline is open  six days a week, Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am–4pm, on 1800 341 341.

Pictured at the launch are Forget Me Not Choir members Mary and Loretto O’Leary, Audrey Carney and Cllr Deirdre Heney. PHOTOS: FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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