Dementia services for South Kildare must be a priority in Budget 2022

Fianna Fail Senator, and Chair of the All-Party Oireachtas Group on dementia Fiona O’Loughlin has called on her government colleagues to prioritise the provision of Dementia services for South Kildare in the upcoming budget.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “As Chair of the All-Party Oireachtas Group on dementia I am keenly aware of the issues facing families who are living with dementia”

“Kildare was named among 11 counties having trouble providing dementia care, and this needs to be addressed. Unless the government act, many families will be left with no support”

“I recently met with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland to discuss their pre-budget submission, and I whole heartedly support their calls. A lack of funding cannot be a reason for people to be left behind. We need to see day services delivered for those living with dementia. Early intervention is key in treating the disease, and these supports can help people living with dementia and their families enjoy each other’s company for longer. I am working with the chair of Kildare Alzheimers society Mrs Marie Conlan to try to secure a premises to deliver much needed respite and day care services.” Senator O’Loughlin concluded “I will continue to work with my colleague Minister Mary Butler T.D. to ensure that those living with dementia are not forgotten in this budget, and that everything that can be done to support them is done