“Issue of dementia a priority for any Government” - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Government to improve funding for research and home care supports for dementia at a briefing by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland which the Deputy hosted in Leinster House today.
Speaking at the briefing Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“There are almost 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland and while 63 per cent of those individuals live in their own homes, more must be done to allow them to stay there. Home care support and schemes for renovations should be extended.
“As we heard today from a range of wonderful speakers, the Government must hold dementia research as a particular priority so we can plan service provision for the future. Carers need to be rewarded and given every support so that they can help their loved one stay in familiar surroundings.
“Demographic changes and an ageing population will further challenge us to come up with better treatments and care pathways to help the predicted trebling of those with dementia in the coming years. We must also ensure address of the very important needs of those challenged by the early onset of dementia, a particularly difficult and wholly unprovided for cohort of sufferers and their carers” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.