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Sponsored walk to raise funds for Laois Alzheimer’s

A sponsored walk in aid of Laois Alzheimer’s is set to take place in Portarlington later this month.

Last September Laois Alzheimer’s had the mobile unit in the area and visited many places over the few days, meeting people and giving them information on dementia.  

One of the places visited was the Further Education College in Portarlington and two branch members gave a talk about dementia to a group of students studying healthcare.

“This group have come forward to help the Alzheimer’s Society raise funds as they really liked the talk and wanted to give back and decided to do a sponsored walk,” explained branch PRO Jacintha Byrne.

“So our walk will take place on Monday June 18 at 10am at Derryounce Walkway entrance on the Bog Road, Portarlington and we hope people will come and join the students from Further Education College and some of the branch members who can walk on the day.  If you are affected by dementia we would love if you came along to join us,” said Ms Byrne.

Anyone seeking further information  can contact Jacintha PRO Laois Alzheimer’s on 087 2511300 for a sponsorship card.

All monies raised in Laois will be retained within the county for local services.

Laois Alzheimer Society is a Homecare Service for Laois people who are living with Dementia. The day to day needs of people are looked after by the society who also assist in making life more enjoyable for their families. 

The local branch  holds Social Clubs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 2.30-4.30pm for people with Dementia and their carers.  

“This is a very relaxed informal event where activities, fun and chat can be shared over a cup of tea.  We have started going On Tour with our Social Club so check local press notes for updates,” Ms Byrne said.

“On June 14 we are in Droimnín Nursing Home Brockley Park Droimnín, Co Laois R32 C558 and Thursday 28th June 2018 2.30pm – 4.30pm in Ballard Lodge Nursing Home, Borris Road, Portlaoise. R32 YW82,” she said.

Their Family Support Club in on the third Wednesday of every month between 7.30 and 9pm in the Old Parochial House, Portlaoise.  The support group is for family carers to get together, share their stories, get advice and give support to others in a similar situation.

For any information on dementia contact Ann Munnelly on 057 866 3398/086 8372168, Home-care Coordinator Old Parochial House, Dublin Road Portlaoise Co Laois, or email laois.branch@alzheimer.ie

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