Mobile information service to bring support for people with dementia to Fermoy
Mobile information service to bring support for people with dementia to Fermoy - thanks to Peggy Mangan Foundation.
A mobile information service will be hitting Fermoy next week bringing much needed support and information to people living with dementia and their carers.
The new service, run by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, was launched by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee in 2016. The service will be run by trained staff and volunteers and will create a unique opportunity to increase awareness about dementia in areas of the country which are currently poorly serviced.
The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036.
The mobile information service will be at Cork Marts, Corrin event centre, Fermoy on Tuesday, April 25th from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
The new service was made possible thanks to funds raised by the Peggy Mangan Foundation, set up by the family of the late 67-year-old pensioner from Terenure following her tragic death in 2014.
Mrs Mangan, who had Alzheimer’s, went missing from her home while walking her dog Casper on September 24, 2013. Despite the fact that her disappearance was the subject of huge publicity and an extensive search, it was four days before her body was discovered. Her pet dog Casper never left her side. Peggy’s family is determined that other families do not experience the same hardship.
The ASI Mobile Information Unit will bring trained personnel into the heart of Irish communities. The Mobile Information Service is an important addition to how The ASI can provide information and support to people with dementia and their families, in their local communities.
Louise Mangan of The Peggy Mangan Foundation said: “We want to use this service to ensure that no-one faces dementia alone and that people are on hand to answer questions and guide people with dementia or those worried about a diagnosis along the best possible route. We are so incredibly happy to be able to fund the mobile outreach service. We've been able to do this because of the dedication and support that we've received from the community and their generous donations. We thank you so much in helping to raise our target amount to get the mobile outreach unit on the road.”
Information and Helpline Manager with The ASI, Samantha Taylor said: “We want to express our sincerest thanks to the family of Peggy Mangan and everyone who donated to raise the funds to purchase and convert this bus so we could realise our goal to develop a Mobile Information Service. Dementia services can be patchy and uncoordinated and so often families feel alone after receiving this challenging diagnosis and don’t know where to turn. Almost 3,000 people have contacted our national helpline to date this year looking for information and support, we will now be able to highlight when this new service and provide new opportunities for face-to-face support in local areas. Our information service aims to bring our experienced staff and volunteers to towns and villages up and down the country to offer support, expertise and signposting to relevant services. ”
If you would like more information on the Mobile Information Service coming to your area, please contact our Helpline staff on 021 2073819 or our National Helpline on 1800 341 341.
To request an interview please contact Cormac Cahill 086 044 1214 Communications Manager ASI
Notes to the Editor:
- The majority of people with dementia (63%) live at home in the community. Most people living with dementia are cared for by a family member and there are approximately 50,000 dementia family carers in Ireland.
- Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions which cause changes and damage to the brain.
- The overall cost of dementia care in Ireland is just over €1.69 billion per annum; 48% of this is attributable to family care; 43% is accounted for by residential care; formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost.
- The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.
Figures referenced to Cahill, S. & Pierce, M. (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland