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Dementia: Understand Together Christmas update

1. IMMA - Talking Art Printed Resources

This new programme encourages active engagement and conversation, prompting participants to share their thoughts and opinions on IMMA artworks with a printable ‘Talking Art with IMMA’ resource pack. These resource packs highlight a selected work from the IMMA Collection, accompanied with a range of conversational prompts that form a guided way of exploring artworks. These conversational prompts can be followed alone, with family and friends, or used by Activity Coordinators within nursing home or other residential settings with residents.
The resources can be downloaded directly from the IMMA website or hard copies can be sent by post to Nursing Homes and Care facilities by emailing quantities to Catherine.Abbott@imma.ie


2. Engaging Dementia - Christmas Resource Videos

Engaging Dementia recorded two special videos this month, which can help you get ready for Christmas.
They can be found here:

Caring at Christmas with Maeve Montgomery
Maeve shares tips about how to best to care for people living with dementia at Christmas

Festivities Workshop with Joyce Fitzpatrick
Joyce shares ideas for holiday crafts and other festive activities for people living with dementia

3. The Alzheimer Society – Christmas tipsheet and Helpline

The Alzheimer Society published a “Caring At Christmas” tipsheet with advice to help make this holiday enjoyable for everyone. When making plans ahead of Christmas this year we all need to assess current COVID-19 restrictions to determine what you can do in line with current public health advice from the Government. You can download this factsheet here: https://alzheimer.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ASI_Caring-at-Christmas_...

Over the Christmas period the helpline has amended opening hours which you can see in the attached document.

4. Keeping well this winter
The Keeping well this winter campaign is progressing well. We would like to share some recent interviews, aimed particularly at older and vulnerable people, with some of our doctors. Please feel free to share these.

Watch Dr Nuala O’Connor giving practical advice on staying well this winter on RTE’s Today show here and you can also listen to Nuala talking to former RTE broadcaster Mary Kennedy for a Senior Times podcast here.

Listen to Dr Vida Hamilton also on a Senior Times podcast sharing her best advice with well known broadcaster Mike Murphy on accessing both routine and emergency healthcare services, what to do if you think you have COVID-19 along with the protective measures that staff have taken to in healthcare settings here.

Thank you.

Fiona Foley
Dementia: Understand Together in Communities
National Coordinator
10 / 11 Cornmarket, Dublin 8, D08, P520
Mobile 086 7714892