Wednesday 17 July 2019

Access to care for dementia must improve, says Owen

Nora Owen and her husband Brian. Photo: Frank McGrath
Nora Owen and her husband Brian. Photo: Frank McGrath
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Former justice minister Nora Owen has called for more supports for families caring for a loved one with dementia.

Ms Owen, who looks after her husband Brian, who has dementia, was speaking at the launch of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland's pre-Budget submission, which said €12m was needed to address service gaps.

"Let's make access to dementia support across Ireland more equal," she stressed.

Meanwhile, NUI Galway is hoping to recruit informal carers, mostly family members, providing support to a relative diagnosed with dementia in 2017 or 2018.

Prof Eamon O'Shea, director of the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia, said it was part of the first ever study in Ireland looking at supports and services for people with dementia after a recent diagnosis.

"Carers play a crucial role in looking after people with dementia and we need to know much more about their needs and preferences for different kinds of services and supports," he said.

Carers who would like to participate can email More information is available at:

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