Put On Kettle For Alzheimer Society Of Ireland Tea Day

There are over 1,900 people living with dementia in Tipperary.

Alzheimer services in Tipperary include day care, home care, Dementia Adviser and support groups. For everyone person diagnosed 3 people are directly affected.

 

Put On Kettle For Alzheimer Society Of Ireland Tea Day

RTÉ star Dáithí Ó Sé, was all set for afternoon tea with Inès Brophy O’Connor, age 5

RTÉ star Dáithí Ó Sé, was all set for afternoon tea with Inès Brophy O’Connor, age 5 on board the Vintage Tea Tour Bus in Dublin today to mark the launch of Alzheimer’s Tea Day.

 

Alzheimer’s Tea Day, which is held on Thursday May 3rd, is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) largest annual fundraising campaign, supported for the third year by Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology.

Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994 approximately €8M has been raised to provide essential support to the 34,650 Women and 19,800 Men living with dementia in Ireland today. Every year thousands of people host tea parties in their homes, offices and schools. This year we’re asking you to join them, all funds raised locally stay locally.

 

The ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services. Each year it provides more than one million hours of community-based dementia-specific care throughout Ireland.

 

There is nothing we Irish love more than sharing a cup of tea with friends and families, where the problems of the day are tackled. With 1 in 2 people in Ireland knowing someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, calling round for a cup of tea is also a great way to bring a little light into the day of someone who may be isolated.

 

Dáithí Ó Sé said: “I’m delighted to support Alzheimer’s Tea Day again this year, the third year running. There’s 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland today so that’s 55,000 good reasons to get the kettle on. What alarms me is that this number is set to double in the next 20 years. By taking part in this campaign you are helping to raise vital funds and awareness of a condition that is affecting so many of our family, friends and neighbours. What’s important to remember is that money raised locally stays locally, so by getting involved you’ll be supporting your own community.”

 

Speaking at the launch, Bronwyn Brophy, Vice President EMEA, Early Technologies with Medtronic said: “Medtronic is proud to support the Alzheimer Tea Day campaign, which has played a significant role over many years in boosting public awareness of the disease. Tea Day is supported through the Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund, which promotes healthcare and well-being in communities, in line with the Government’s ‘Healthy Ireland’ framework. Our partnership is enhanced by the support of our Irish employees who have dedicated much time and energy to a cause close to the hearts of many families in the communities where we operate.”

Operations Coordinator for the Southern Region, Jon Hinchliffe said: “We all know someone in our community with dementia and our national tea day Fundraiser provides valuable funds to enable the person with dementia to live in their community for longer. The number of people who avail of our services has increased significantly, and is projected to climb even further and remember all the money raised locally stays locally, so by getting involved you are directly supporting your community.”

 

For more information or to register for Alzheimer’s Tea Day fundraising pack, visit www.teaday.ie or call (01) 207 3800 #timefortea

The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036.

  • In Munster there are over 13,000 people living with dementia and 1,902 of them are in Tipperray.

 

  • 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.
  • The majority of 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.
  • Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia. That’s at least 11 people every day and anyone can get dementia – even people in their 30s/40s/50s.
  • 1 in 10 people diagnosed with dementia in Ireland are 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 accounted for by residential care; formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost.
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.
  • Figures referenced to Cahill, S. & Pierce, M. (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland

 

About Medtronic

Medtronic plc (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 88,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in approximately 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.

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