Denis Naughten TD has urged those caring for individuals with dementia to attend a free workshop as it has been revealed that one person from County Roscommon begins to have the symptoms of dementia every week.
There are over 500 people in County Roscommon living with dementia, the majority living at home, and with a new case every week the incidence of dementia is higher than cancer and heart disease.
The numbers with dementia are expected to more than treble over the next thirty years and early diagnosis gives those with dementia a better quality of life, as well as the opportunity to remain at home for longer.
When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, everything changes, not just for the person themselves but for their family as well. The person providing that care in the home, in many cases an elderly spouse, struggles to understand the full impact of dementia and how to manage the illness.
A national series of free workshops to educate and support family caregivers who are involved in the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s and other dementia has been organised by Home Instead.
The workshops take place in Mountbellew on 16th September and Mullingar on 15th September on the behaviours and care of the older person with dementia.
For more information or to book a place call 1890 930 013 or log on to http://ow.ly/AB6Q3