Call for more support for dementia carers

Tuesday 27 April 2010 16.28
Dementia - 44,000 people with the condition in Ireland
Dementia - 44,000 people with the condition in Ireland

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has called for more support for people with dementia and their carers.

The call comes as figures show the number of people with the condition will rise to almost 100,000 by 2030.

There are currently 44,000 people with dementia in Ireland and a new study suggests their carers are suffering both physically and emotionally because of inadequate resources.

St Luke's Home in Cork is a 120-bed residential care facility with a dedicated dementia unit.

Along with the ASI and Bradford University, it commissioned research published today, which shows the Government and the HSE are not investing enough in resources and services for people with dementia.

Minister for Older People Áine Brady was at the publication of today's report.

She accepted that securing more resources will be difficult but said the research is a start.