Help support Alzheimer’s services in your area

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) are calling on people in Wicklow to help celebrate the 20th Annual Alzheimer’s Tea Day being held on Thursday 1st May 2014.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is seeking to recruit over 2,000 Tea Day hosts nationwide and aims to have Tea Day parties taking place in every county on May 1st.

 Abigail Fitzgerald (5), right, and Alice Sinclair (4) launch Alzheimer's Tea Day.

Abigail Fitzgerald (5), right, and Alice Sinclair (4) launch Alzheimer’s Tea Day.

All money raised locally will stay locally, therefore all donations made at each local Tea Day event will go towards maintaining services in that local community such as day care, home care, support groups, social clubs, respite care and the Alzheimer National Helpline.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading dementia specific service provider in Ireland but is struggling to cope with an increasing demand for its services.

There are almost 48,000 people in Ireland living with some form of dementia and every year there are 4000 new cases of dementia diagnosed.

The number of people with dementia in Ireland is set to treble by 2041 due to an ageing population.

At the launch of Alzheimer’s Tea Day 2014, Pat Kenny said, “Being a carer is a 24/7 job. Services provided by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland are also vital in enabling carers to take some time look after themselves so that people with dementia can stay at home for as long as possible.”

Pat Kenny, whose late mother Connie lived with Alzheimer’s disease for 14 years, has been a strong supporter of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and has been the patron of Alzheimer’s Tea Day for six years.

Help make the 20th Birthday of Alzheimer’s Tea Day bigger and better than ever before by registering  to host your own Tea Day, simply phone 1800 719 820 or visit www.alzheimer.ie

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