Alzheimer's Society of Ireland 'mobile information service' coming to Tipperary this September

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Alzheimer's Society of Ireland 'mobile information service' coming to Tipperary this September

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) Mobile Information Service will be hitting Cork, Kerry and Tipperary this September to bring much-needed support and information to people living with dementia and their carers during World Alzheimer’s Month 2018.

The service will be at the following locations in the coming week:

● Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee on Tuesday, 4th September (11.00am-4.00pm) with ASI Dementia Advisers Amy Murphy and Vanessa Bradbury;
● Mallow Primary Health Centre, Co Cork, Wednesday 5th September (2.00pm-5.00pm) with ASI Dementia Advisers Amy Murphy and Vanessa Bradbury;
● Cashel Library, Cashel, Co Tipperary, Thursday, 6th September (11.00am-3.00pm) with Dementia Adviser Amy Murphy;
● Bantry Market, Bantry, Co Cork, Friday, 7th September (9.30am-1.30pm) with Dementia Adviser Vanessa Bradbury;
● West Cork Food Festival, Skibbereen, Co Cork on Saturday, 8th September (10.00am-2.00pm) with Dementia Adviser Vanessa Bradbury.

The service, which was launched in 2016, is run by trained staff and volunteers and travels to the heart of Irish communities to create a unique opportunity to provide information and support to people with dementia and their families, in their local communities.

The service was made possible thanks to funds raised by the Peggy Mangan Foundation, set up by the family of the late 67-year-old from Terenure following her tragic death in 2014.

The ASI’s experienced Dementia Advisers will be accompanying the information service to give advice and support about memory loss, how a diagnosis is made, managing day to day with dementia as well as support and services available for people with dementia and their families.

The Dementia Advisers work with people with dementia and their families and carers to provide a highly responsive and individualised information and signposting service.

World Alzheimer’s Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about a health issue that will affect more and more people as the years pass, while encouraging crucial efforts to support those already affected by dementia around the world. World Alzheimer’s Day is held on Friday, September 21st.

The campaign, which will carry the hashtag #Every3Seconds, highlights the fact that dementia is the global health and social challenge of our time with more than 50 million people currently living with dementia worldwide and the figure is predicted to increase by 10 million in 2018.

The ASI National Information & Advice Services Manager, Samantha Taylor said: “Dementia services can be patchy and uncoordinated and so often families feel alone after receiving this challenging diagnosis and don’t know where to turn. Almost 3,000 people have contacted our national helpline to date this year looking for information and support, and provide new opportunities for face-to-face support in local areas. Our information service aims to bring our experienced staff and volunteers to towns and villages up and down the country to offer support, expertise and signposting to relevant services.

“So far this year the Mobile Information Service has visited Wicklow, Louth and Dublin to name but a few. We are delighted to now bring the service to Cork, Kerry and Tipperary in the coming week and we have more dates in the pipeline for the rest of the year. If you would like this service to visit your local community, then please get in touch with our National Helpline team on 1800 341 341. This service will be travelling throughout Ireland and we want to have a presence in towns, villages and cities to raise awareness about dementia and to provide vital information to people who are affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Members of the public can find out more information about bringing the service to their local area by contacting our Alzheimer National Helpline on 1800 341 341 or helpline@alzheimer.ie