Press Release

Minister Kathleen Lynch opens the Sonas aPc Conference

Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Older People, today (May 26th 2011), officially opened the third Annual Sonas aPc Conference. The title of the Conference is Living with Dementia: Activity for Meaningful Lives There were over 300 delegates at the gathering which was addressed by a range of national and international experts on innovative new methods of enhancing the lives of those suffering from dementia.

Sonas aPc provides training for those who care for older people with dementia or intellectual disabilities. The training enables them to carry out therapeutic communication activities. The aim of Sonas is to activate each individual’s potential for communication whatever that potential might be.

Minister Lynch also presented awards to three nursing homes who had achieved excellence in implementing the Sonas programme. These were St John’s Community Hospital, Enniscorthy, St Joseph’s Cluny, and Marymount Care Centre, Lucan.

Speaking at the conference Minister Lynch said; “Sonas is constantly championing new and innovative therapies, to ensure that people with dementia continue to live their lives to the full. To our worthy winners I am happy to say that these awards recognise your commitment to the Sonas philosophy and I offer you my warmest congratulations.”

The Minister added; “The Government is aware of the challenges that Alzheimers and dementia will pose for us. The programme for Government commits us to developing a national strategy by 2013. This will support the delivery of long-term care services having regard to future demographic development and the resulting increase in demand for long-term care. The policy will be developed on the basis of the best evidence available from national and international sources”.