THE ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF IRELAND has appealed to volunteers across Co. Wicklow to host their own Tea Day in support of the national event.
Annual Tea Day takes place on Thursday, May 3, and the society is hopeful of recruiting 1,500 hosts nationwide to organise fundraising events in their own communities.
A target of €450,000 must be reached to continue to provide support services for those living with Alzheimer's and their families.
All funds raised in Co. Wicklow will be distributed within the county also.
'Practical supports such as home care and day care are vital for the people of Wicklow affected by dementia. We need to provide more services in order to help the growing number of families on our waiting lists. However, this requires more funding, from Government, the HSE and the generous people of Wicklow. Importantly, all money raised in Wicklow on Tea Day will go back in to services for the county', explains Frankie Barrett, Wicklow's Regional Manager with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
This year commemorates the 30th Anniversary of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland which was founded by a small group of family carers in 1982.
Dementia affects 41,700 people in Ireland and nearly nine per cent of these people have early onset dementia which means they are under 65 years of age.
There is an estimated 50,000 family carers looking after a loved one with at least one symptom of dementia. Due to an ageing population the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 147,000 by 2041.
Register to host your own Tea Day by phoning 1800 719 820 or visit www.teaday.ie