What will you remember about this Christmas?
We know that the festive season is all about togetherness: the warmth and comfort of familiarity and love. But for families caring for a loved one with dementia, this vision of calm and connection can feel very far away.
This Christmas The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has launched a special Day Care appeal featuring husband and wife, Tommy & Susan.
Tommy met his lovely wife Susan nearly 50 years ago – in a pub quiz. Since Susan got her dementia diagnosis six years ago, Tommy has been providing full-time, 24-hour care for her. He’s so sweet and doting. But he’s also absolutely exhausted. This is not an unusual story, there are thousands of people across Ireland in a similar situation. There are currently 64,000 people living with dementia in Ireland with another 30 diagnosed every day.
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You may know yourself how physically and emotionally demanding caregiving can be. And many elderly or vulnerable people like Tommy have their own health issues to contend with.
This Christmas, please consider supporting The Alzheimer Society, even a small gift could provide life-changing support to carers like Tommy, and the ones they love?
Here at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, we rely on the generosity of the Irish public to provide support and care to people with dementia and their carers. At Christmas time our service are even more vital, offering a life line to so many. Thanks to our supporters Susan has been able to come into us at Day Care twice a week.
‘Every day, I see people walking out different to how they came in. A pep in their step, or a smile on their face. It’s remarkable, the difference a day can make.’ Mary Hickey, Day Centre Manager at The Alzheimer Society.
We know that the feelings of peace created by activities and socialisation at Day Care can provide incredible benefits to those living with dementia – even those rare moments of connection and recognition with loved ones. And it also gives family carers like Tommy precious hours to himself.
This Christmas, will you give one day of desperately needed care to someone in need?
- €60 could provide 2 hours of Day Care in one of our centres around the country.
- €250 could provide a full day of Day Care for someone with dementia. Giving their carer a much needed day of respite and enabling their loved one with dementia to stay in their own home for as long as possible. This truly is a exceptional gift at Christmas time.
- €75 could pay for a Family Carer training course for someone like Tommy; caring for a loved one with dementia.
It’s the kindness of ordinary people that get people in the door of our Day Care Centres. And it’s their kindness that creates the smiles we see when they walk back out.
Give the gift of calm this Christmas.
Give one day of precious care, today.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you are not alone. We are here if you need us.
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