Understand Together is a public support, awareness and information campaign It is aimed at inspiring people from all sections of society to stand together with the 500,000 Irish people whose families have been affected by dementia.
The ASI is a key partner of the campaign.
The campaign wants to help create an Ireland that embraces and includes people living with dementia, and which displays solidarity with them and their loved ones.
The campaign aims to weave a connecting thread through all the vital and committed local services that are already in place in Ireland and to make them easier to find and understand. As well as the website www.understandtogether.ie, the campaign has used advertising and the media to increase awareness.
These are the wide ranging objectives of the Understand Together campaign:
1. To increase awareness of dementia and its impact on individuals, families and communities.
2. To help communicate the lived experience of people living with dementia and those caring for them.
3. To provide reliable information about dementia and signposting to services and supports to help those living with dementia, those caring for them, health professionals and the general public.
4. To build on and support greater co-ordination of dementia programmes and initiatives across Ireland.
5. To promote the uptake of dementia awareness training and promote information about brain health and ways to prevent dementia
6. To inspire and encourage individuals, businesses and organisations and communities to become involved in taking steps to create inclusive and supportive environments for people with dementia and their loved ones.
7. To promote and highlight the actions of individuals, businesses and communities to support people with dementia and their loved ones.
Understand Together is one of six key elements of the National Dementia Strategy and has been made possible through a funding partnership between the State and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The campaign is led by the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Division.
Dementia Inclusive Communities
People with dementia are one of the most marginalised, socially excluded and highly stigmatised groups in society. It has been identified that exclusion from communities is all too frequently a consequence of dementia because the person often experiences reduced ability to follow the normal rules of social engagement.
In order to address the exclusion of people living with dementia, a new initiative has emerged on the landscape in the form of dementia-inclusive communities. Essentially, the initiative is about transforming our villages, towns, cities and counties into better places to live for people with dementia.
What is the vision for Dementia Inclusive Communities?
The overall vision is to reconfigure the communities that we all live in and mainstream dementia into everyday life of that community. The vision is to involve all the stakeholders and members of the community to be dementia-inclusive.
What are the key objectives for Dementia-Inclusive Communities?
Identify the key partners, services, activities and businesses within any given community to develop a local map of ‘the people and the place.
Engage with the key stakeholders by increasing their knowledge and understanding of dementia to ensure that it becomes part of the local agenda.
Challenge the stigma, myths and misconceptions around dementia by opening the channels of communication and removing the barriers to change.
Work with local services and businesses to make the community a dynamic and inclusive place for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends to live and work in.
Work together to increase the opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to remain engaged in their chosen activities of life for as long as they wish to.
What is the vision and mission for Dementia-Inclusive Communities?
The overall vision is that people with dementia and their families are respected as independent citizens and are connected, as much as they wish, in understanding and inclusive communities
Our mission is to inspire people to take action to ensure that our communities are respectful, supportive and inclusive of people with dementia and their families.