Press Release

Statement by Minister of State Ms Maire Hoctor T.D. at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) Annual Conference

Ms Máire Hoctor T.D., Minister for Older People, today, 21st September, 2007, (World Alzheimer’s Day), opened the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) Annual Conference.

The focus of this year’s Conference, “Towards a Voice”: 25 years of Dementia Care and Advocacy (1982 – 2007)” is to highlight the issues surrounding advocacy in dementia care. The Conference also aims to provide allied healthcare professionals in the area of dementia care, particularly residential care providers, policy makers and service providers, with good practice guidelines and practical options to meet the challenges of dementia care provision.

Dementia in Ireland is a serious health issue and affects approximately 40,000 people and 50,000 carers. Today’s Conference provides a forum for both policy makers and service providers to come together to facilitate discussion around the challenge of providing people with dementia with equal quality of care in various care settings.

In recognition of the Society’s Silver Jubilee, the Minister said: “ I wish to commend the Alzheimer Society of Ireland for 25 years of hard work, dedication and perseverance in their goal to ensure that those suffering with dementia, their carers and families, have the necessary supports and services to enable them to maximize their quality of life”.

Minister Hoctor’s address