Chair of the Oireachtas All Party Group on Dementia Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for a dedicated Alzheimers and Dementia space to be established in Kildare.
Senator O’Loughlin said, “On Tuesday, I hosted a briefing with Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland (ASI). It was such a moving and empowering briefing. The work of the ASI is incredible and support that they offer people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their families.”
“It may be a surprise to many, but according to the WHO up to 40% of dementias are potentially preventable if we work to support and maintain our brain health. We can all take action to protect our brain health.”
“We need to focus on preventative measures and working on our brain health to ensure that we achieve a Healthy Brain’ Society by delaying the onset of dementia. The landmark Lancet report concluded that 40% of dementia is due to just 12 risk factors. Such as a lack of physical activity, smoking, social isolation and many others. But, what it does show is that early intervention and long term promotion of positive brain health can reduce the prevalence of dementia in our society.”
“The Alzheimers Society of Ireland have identified 5 steps we can all take to reduce your risk 1.Be physically active 2. Take care of your heart 3. Eat a healthy diet 4. Take part in social activities 5. Challenge your brain. “
Fiona concluded by saying “I am continuing to work at a national level to secure a space for a dedicated dementia and alzheimers hub to support the people of Kildare. Early intervention is key and I am liaising with Minister Mary Butler TD to advocate for this.”