New Alzheimers Daycare Centre opens in Balbriggan

Over 150,000 people in Ireland expected to live with the condition by 2045

by Rose Barrett
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Yesterday saw the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) officially open a new daycare centre at Balbriggan Rugby Club  (FridayFebruary 17).

The ASI welcomed everyone to join the launch Friday’s launchfor a cuppa and a chat and a chance to view the new centre and its services.

Balbriggan Daycare provides dementia-specific, person-centred care to meet the needs of the person with dementia in a warm, welcoming and safe environment while providing support and stimulation. 

ASI provide supports and services to people and families living with the impact of Alzheimers and Dementia

The ASI provides a range of support services in Dublin, including daycare, homecare, Dementia advisers, a national helpline and family carer training. For a complete list of services, visit alzheimer.ie/county/dublin*.

An estimated 16,967 people live with dementia in Dublin alone, with 64,000 people living with Dementia across Ireland. That figure is expected to double in the next 25 years to over 150,000 by 2045.

ASI Head of Operations Siobhan O’Connor said: “We’re thrilled to open our new Daycare Centre in Balbriggan. As the numbers of people living with dementia continue to increase, our new Daycare Centre is a much-needed support service for people living with dementia, their carers and families in North County Dublin. From reminiscence therapy to music sessions and arts and crafts, Balbriggan Daycare provides vital supports and activities – all dementia-specific – in a safe and warm environment.”

“I’d like to thank Noel Heeney on our Board of Directors, Robert Cashell and Ivan McFadden, and all the Balbriggan Rugby Club committee for making this happen; their commitment exemplifies community at its best. Thanks to all members of the community and beyond who attended Friday’s opening of Balbriggan Daycare.”  

For more information on Balbriggan Daycare, contact Centre Manager Adenike Lamai at [email protected] or 087 332 0341.

 About The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI):

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading dementia-specific service provider in Ireland and works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia-specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.

 Alzheimer National Helpline: the ASI National Helpline is open six days a week, Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm, on 1800 341 341. Email at [email protected] or via Live Chat at www.alzheimer.ie 

ABOUT DEMENTIA

  • There are 64,000 people with dementia in Ireland, and the number of people with the condition will double in the next 25 years to over 150,000 by 2045.
  • There are 11,000 new cases of dementia in Ireland each year. That’s at least 30 people every day, and anyone can get dementia – even people in their 30s/40s/50s.
  • Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions which cause changes and damage to the brain.
  • Dementia is progressive. There is currently no cure. Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response.
  • Most people with dementia (63%) live at home in the community. Over 180,000 people in Ireland are currently or have been carers for a family member or partner with dementia, with many more providing support and care in other ways.
  • 1 in 10 people diagnosed with dementia in Ireland is under 65.
  • The overall cost of dementia care in Ireland is just over €1.69 billion per annum; 48% of this is attributable to family care; 43% is by residential care; formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost.

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