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Dementia event a 'first' at Armagh Robinson Library

Dementia event a 'first' at Armagh Robinson Library

Pictured at No 5 Vicars's Hill Museum, Armagh are some of those at the story telling event that was planned for carers and those living with dementia.

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AN  event specially planned for carers and those who live with dementia was a ‘first’ at Armagh Robinson Library.

Members of the Memories Café Armagh came together with professional story teller Liz Weir at No 5 Vicars’ Hill, the museum building also run by the Library.

This is the first of two story telling events for an audience often overlooked, but growing in number as we live longer.  These have been arranged with support from the Southern Health Trust and from the Alzheimer’s Society.  The Library is also grateful for funding from the Northern Ireland Museums Council in support of its aim to become a Dementia Friendly Museum.

Liz Weir is no stranger to the Library or to No 5.  She has enchanted very young audiences in both buildings with her stories.  She also knows the power and benefits of story telling both to people with dementia and to their carers.  Before the event, Liz said, “Story telling can revitalise people by helping them remember and tell their stories.”

Keeper of Armagh Robinson Library, the Very Rev Gregory Dunstan, said: “A library may not seem an obvious place to go when memory starts to fail.  But this is still a beautiful and welcoming place, with the power to evoke memories of long ago.  We are most grateful to Joe McGinley and Kelly Meeke, support workers, who have helped us to arrange these events.”

The second story telling session, for members of the local Carers’ Group will be held in the Library on Monday 5 March.   

For further information, please contact Armagh Robinson Library by telephoning 028 37523142.

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