Busiest year for Alzheimer's line
Last year was the busiest on record for the helpline at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, with many calls coming from people who were worried about their own memory and brain function. Almost 60pc of calls in 2015 were in relation to people with a confirmed case of dementia. The calls included :
* A caller worried for their elderly parent, who was living alone in a rural area and paying less attention to their personal care. They were experiencing hallucinations and delusions and telling stories about interacting with the people in their "fantasy world"
* A person whose partner was diagnosed with vascular dementia in the past year, who, over recent months, had become increasingly verbally aggressive. The caller feared that this would develop into physically aggressive behaviour
* A person whose elderly parent, diagnosed with dementia six months ago, lives with the family which has young children. The parent thinks that the caller's partner is having an affair, which is putting enormous strain on the relationships in the household.
"The helpline, at 1800 341 341, is a vital resource in empowering people with dementia and their carers. The number of people diagnosed with dementia is expected to increase by 20pc over the lifetime of the next government - that's 11 people a day this year, so it is critical that we can keep this service going," said a spokeswoman for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
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