The Dementia Showcase took place on 20 September 2016 at DCU. The event was a collaboration between Dublin City University (DCU), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI). 270 people attended the Showcase, which highlighted the training initiatives developed by the project, as well as other resources available to people with dementia and their carers. There were many highlights in the day’s agenda. An interesting panel discussion was expertly chaired by Prof June Andrews. We also enjoyed a lively performance by The Forget-me-Nots choir, from Baldoyle (pictured above) and E-Gress, a moving artwork by Irish artist, Marie Brett and Musician, Kevin O’Shannahan. The event was a great success – many thanks to all involved in organisation behind the scenes.
The winners of the 2016 Innovation in Dementia Award were announced at the Showcase. Sincere congratulations to Mary Walsh and Aideen Lawlor, St Mary’s Hospital, Co. Dublin for their project – Becoming active participants in decision making through improved communication. The winners received €1,000 to help promote this worthy initiative which involves the use of ‘talking mats’ to promote decision making capacity for people with dementia.