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Alzheimer's Society help for carers

Published 30/06/2015 | 02:30

The Irish Hospice Foundation and the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland have launched three new fact sheets for carers
The Irish Hospice Foundation and the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland have launched three new fact sheets for carers

One of the toughest times for carers of people with dementia is seeing the sufferer at the late stage of the disease, leading to more grief and loss.

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The Irish Hospice Foundation and the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland today have launched three new fact sheets aimed at family members and carers of those with dementia.

The fact sheets will be a valuable guide to those caring for people with dementia and are designed to help them understand the disease as it progresses.

Marie Lynch of the Irish Hospice Foundation said: "These fact sheets provide some signposts and tips to help carers of people with dementia navigate their way as they support their loved one; whilst also acknowledging the loss they may be experiencing."

Annie Dillon, from the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, commented: "Carers play a pivotal role in supporting their loved one - whether they are at home, in residential care or hospital. These fact sheets will undoubtedly support carers in their role."

The fact sheets are available from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and are also available to download at: http://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement/bereavement-leaflets/

It is estimated that currently there are over 35,000 people with dementia in Ireland. With the population ageing, however, this figure is set to increase significantly over the next 20 years, as ageing remains one of the single strongest risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (the most common form of dementia).

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