Senator Fiona O’Loughlin calls for a debate in the Senate on Dementia

Chair of the All-party Oireachtas Dementia group, Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for a debate in relation to dementia care and screening in the Senate.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “Professor Sean Keneally and his expert team from Tallaght hospital gave the All-party Oireachtas Dementia group a fascinating presentation yesterday.”

“They outlined the current innovations and trends in the area of dementia research. For example, there are studies underway that will be elevated to a simple blood test, and this test will enable experts to identify the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia 25 years before it happens based on proteins in the blood. And when we think about that, it’s really quite incredible, as 40% of Dementia can be prevented based on lifestyle changes.”

Fiona concluded “We really need to have a debate in relation to Alzheimer’s, dementia and brain health more generally. Early intervention and promoting and utilising the best available technology will be key in our long-term fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia”