Adams commends Alzheimer Society
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has commended the work of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland which launched its pre-Budget Submission 2014 in Dublin this morning. Teachta Adams attended the launch.
Speaking afterward he said:
“I want to commend the work of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. There are 42,000 people with dementia in this state of whom just over 1,000 live in county Louth.
“There are over 50,000 carers looking after citizens with dementia. With numbers going to rise significantly as our population ages, it is vitally important that the government makes dementia a policy and political priority and puts in place a strategy to provide for early diagnosis, education and support for those with dementia and for their carers.
“Sinn Féin supports the Society’s call for the publication of a Dementia Strategy, with clearly defined leadership and lines of accountability; timely diagnosis and cost effective post-diagnostics early interventions, and a commitment to the provision of education and community based support for services for carers.
It is crucial that Budget 2014 reflect the needs of citizens with dementia and their carers. A sensible government strategy can assist all of those affected in having a good quality of life. It is clear from all of the available international best practice that a timely diagnosis and early interventions can make a real difference in peoples’ lives.”