As Chairperson of the Committee for Health, I am very pleased to close this important campaign to raise awareness about dementia. I would like to thank the Alzheimer’s Society for inviting the Committee to sponsor the event, and also the attendees today for showing up and providing their support to this valuable cause.
The ageing population throughout the region will unfortunately lead to a continuing increase in numbers of people with dementia. Dementia is a serious and often misunderstood condition that has a devastating impact on the lives of those affected and on loved ones around them. The heartbreak of knowing that those affected will never be the same and will slowly deteriorate with time is painful and excruciating; that is why early diagnosis and intervention is key to managing the disease. Early diagnosis can give families time to cope and plan for the next stages and to ensure that their loved one is properly cared for.
We also heard today the significant impact that a Dementia Support Worker can make post-diagnosis – they can help people with dementia maintain their independence, improve their sense of well-being and take control of their own lives.
Today’s event has greatly helped me to better understand this issue and I give my full support to the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.
To finish, I hope that you have found this event interesting and informative and on behalf of myself and the Committee, I’d like to thank all the participants for being here today.