The Irish Times: A pilot project is looking at new ways to support Alzheimer’s sufferers in Tipperary. The south Tipperary project is supported by the charity Genio, and is funded to the tune of €700,000 over the next three years. The Genio Trust was established in 2010 to support projects that positively impact on the lives of people in Ireland who are marginalised. The organisation works in the disability, mental health and dementia fields, supported by Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies.

Dr Caitríona Crowe, who is a local consultant in old-age psychiatry, will lead the project and it has support from all relevant local agencies including the HSE, as well as patients themselves and their families.

“The aim of the project is to find new ways to support persons with dementia at home,” explains Crowe. “If you look at the statistics, instances of dementia are increasing as the elderly population rises.

“We expect the number of cases to double by 2031 and treble by 2041. Most persons with the condition want to stay living at home and don’t want long-term care unless it is really needed.

“We are trying to encourage people to live well at home as long as possible and we’ll be using this funding to try to do that.”

According to analysis of the 2006 census, 1,011 people in south Tipperary were living with dementia, but only half that number had received an official diagnosis.

The funding will enable several initiatives to be implemented. These include increasing public awareness of the condition and, in the process, dispelling some common myths, as well as encouraging people to come forward earlier for diagnosis and treatment.

Of major benefit to people affected by dementia will be the provision of high quality, flexible home care to help people stay living at home for as long as possible, as well as tailored palliative end-of-life care.


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