Press Release

Minister John Moloney opens the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland Annual National Conference in the Tullamore Court Hotel

Minister John Moloney today, Saturday 11th October opened the 11th Annual National Conference of the Alzheimer’s Society in the Tullamore Court Hotel. The theme of this conference is “Nurturing Ourselves – Caring for Each Other”.

The main aims of this Conference are to equip carers with a greater understanding of how to care for their clients, and also, how to nurture themselves.

Current thinking on the topic of dementia care was presented and discussed, including updates on the latest treatments and research. Today’s Conference included a presentation on the topic of “Maintaining Health and Wellbeing in Dementia Care”, which explored current thinking on the subject. “Recent Developments in Medical Research” was also addressed, and informed carers on how best to provide high quality care to people with dementia.

The Prevalence of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias affect more than 40,000 people in Ireland, with the number forecast to reach more than 104,000 by 2037.

The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland

The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland supports individuals and families who are affected by dementia to live independently for as long as possible, by providing assistance through their network of 22 branches and almost 100 community based specialist dementia services.

Services provided by the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland are wide ranging, and include day care centres, home care programmes and respite care. Such day care centres currently provide specialist care to people with dementia throughout Ireland. They also offer information and support to carers and family members.

Read the Minister’s Speech