CORONAVIRUS

Impact of Covid-19 felt as Alzheimer Society of Ireland postpones biggest fundraiser

Alzheimer’s Tea Day has been postponed, and charity has launched urgent appeal for vital dementia supports in Kilkenny

Kilkenny People

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FINAL - L to R Mary Mooney, ASI Manager Mill Lane Day Care, Mary Bardin, ASI Operations Manager and Marie Conlon, ASI Kildare Branch Chairperson

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) has announced the postponement of its largest annual fundraising campaign due to Covid-19, and has launched an urgent appeal for vital dementia supports to help them to continue their work with people with dementia and their families.

It is estimated that there are 1,057 people living with dementia in Kilkenny and for every one person with dementia three others are directly affected. The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double from 55,000 today to 141,200 in 2050.

The Alzheimer’s Tea Day is the largest annual fundraising campaign for the ASI with an estimated loss of €1 million. The organisation has now launched an urgent appeal for vital dementia supports to help them to continue their vital work with people with dementia and their families during this devastating crisis.

Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s CEO Pat McLoughlin says people with dementia are vulnerable and often confused and Covid-19 has heightened that for them.

People with dementia are categorised as High risk. With 48 day care centres are closed; and its vital supports such as Social Clubs, Alzheimer Cafes and Support Groups are all postponed until further notice, the ASI are trying to support their members remotely. 

The ASI has developed some tip sheets to help support people with dementia and their families in a challenging and rapidly changing situation including the following:

Tips for vulnerable adults.
Tips for supporting vulnerable people in the community.
Tips for nursing home restrictions.
Supports available from organisations in Ireland during COVID-19
All of which can be found on their website. 

As part of the urgent appeal, members of the public are being asked to make a special emergency donation today on www.alzheimer.ie to help provide essential care and support to those living with dementia whose lives are being torn apart by Covid-19.