Sixty people from Carrick-on-Suir and its environs who completed a dementia studies course over the past year were presented with certificates at a ceremony in Carrick-on-Suir Day Care Centre last week.
The HSE and WIT accredited certificates were awarded by Gerry Clarke, Acting Director of Nursing with specific involvement in Psychiatry of Old Age for Mental Health Services in South Kilkenny and Waterford.
Assisting him was course tutor Cllr. Margaret Croke, who is Dementia Care Coordinator/Liaison Nurse with the Psychiatry of Old Age team for Waterford and South Kilkenny Mental Health Services.
The course now in its 10th year was for the past nine years the only Dementia Studies course in Ireland.
It covers all aspects of caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementias from diagnosis to death.
The comprehensive course is tailored to meet the needs of both carers and people with the illness and includes the management of challenging behaviour.
Mr Clarke congratulated everyone on their successful achievement and paid tribute to tutor Margaret Croke. He said she deserved great credit because it was due to her dedication and commitment that the course had stood the test of time and continues to do so.
He also praised the course participants who turned up every week and applied themselves wholeheartedly to the programme.
Margaret thanked everyone for their dedication and feedback during the 14 week term. She spoke of the pleasure she had in teaching them and she hoped it would empower them in their caring roles for the future.