New EU proposal to improve care for Alzheimer patients

NEARLY ten million people across Europe suffer today from dementia, with Alzheimer’s the most common form. In Ireland the figure is a staggering 44,000, and it is often called ‘The Family Disease’, as the whole family becomes involved, says MEP Nessa Childers.

NEARLY ten million people across Europe suffer today from dementia, with Alzheimer’s the most common form. In Ireland the figure is a staggering 44,000, and it is often called ‘The Family Disease’, as the whole family becomes involved, says MEP Nessa Childers.

“One of those statistics was my own mother, who passed away last year. Because of the seriousness of this disease I am holding a seminar in association with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, to explore what needs to be done in Ireland and Europe to help sufferers and their families. But more importantly to see what needs to be done to prevent the onset of dementia.”

The 44,000 people in Ireland with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia also involves an estimated 50,000 carers who support a family member. In light of our ever aging population we know that the numbers of people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is set to double every twenty years. “

Therefore a detailed, broad and multi-agency national strategy is required to meet the needs of the current generation of those living with the disease, their carers’ and their families and to enable the State to plan properly for the future delivery of services and supports.”

Nessa Childers MEP has completed work on a major new EU proposal to step up cooperation and support to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care and invites people to attend her seminar ‘Shared Priorities – the Dementia Agenda in European and Ireland’ to be held this Friday June 17 in Dublin, for more information see www.nessachilders.ie.