Press Release

Launch of Dementia Services Information and Educational Video

Mr. Ivor Callely, TD, Minister for Services for Older People, offered his congratulations to Dementia Services Information and Development Centre, on the launch of the Centre┬┤s Educational Video.

The Minister said that he and his Department recognise the tremendous work of the Centre in the promotion of excellence in dementia care.

The Minister welcomed the video produced by the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre as an educational tool for health care professionals, at all levels, to improve their understanding of how brain function can be disrupted by dementia. Through up-skilling health care professionals and all service-providers in the area, he expressed the hope that the video would, ultimately, help change practice and improve quality of life for all those experiencing a dementia.

The Minister mentioned that, in Ireland, about 5000 new cases of dementia occur annually and, with its population ageing, that Ireland is likely to witness a significant growth in the numbers of people presenting with this condition.

Minister Callely went on to describe Dementia as one of the most distressing of conditions. He described it, for the most part, as a progressive and incurable condition in which brain function deteriorates, causing impairment of memory, disorientation and gradual loss of skills. He indicated that Dementia is caused by many different diseases of which, by far, the most common is Alzheimer┬┤s Disease.