Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Bay North, Cllr Deirdre Heney has said that the introduction of a dementia inclusive shopping environment in Supervalu Raheny this Wednesday, September 26th will better support those in the area caring for loved ones with dementia.

The Dublin City Councillor held a public meeting on Caring for Dementia last Wednesday evening in Clontarf Golf Club with guest speakers Helen Rochford Brennan, of Irish Dementia Working Group, Laura Reid, of Dementia Carers Campaign Network, Tina Leonard, of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and Karen Meenan, founding member of the Forget me Nots choir.

Commenting following her well attended public meeting, Cllr Heney said, “This meeting is a part of my ongoing campaign to highlight the vital work of carer’s of loved ones living with dementia and to discuss how, as a community, we can better assist people living with the disease to live well in their community for as long as possible. .

“I see it as a priority to try help in any way I can to ease the sadness and distress faced by carers of those with dementia, especially those caring for a loved one at home. As a society, I hope that we can normalise dementia by better integrating and supporting both those living with dementia and their carer’s.

“We must continue to find ways that we can embrace the challenge that dementia presents for those living around us in our communities. The “Getting the Messages” project which is designed to support those living with dementia and their carers by making it easier for them to shop and do business in their local communities, is an example of how we can help.

The initiative, sponsored by Dublin City Council in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, is to create a dementia inclusive environment in shops and businesses.

Cllr Heney concluded, “I am so pleased with the willingness of management and staff in Supervalu to support this initiative. It marks the beginning of the creation of a dementia inclusive experience throughout the entire village of Raheny in the near future.”