Dementia is a term which describes a number of conditions that cause damage to brain cells. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, which creates problems with a person’s memory, thinking and behaviour. The symptoms will usually develop quite slowly and get worse as time goes on and will eventually start to interfere with daily tasks. In its later stages a person will lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment around them.
Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and treatments cannot stop it from progressing, however they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those suffering with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them.
There is a worldwide effort to find a better way to treat Alzheimer’s, to delay the onset of this disease and to find a way to prevent it developing.
The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland has two national fundraising days coming up and any donation you can make towards this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.
Friday March 9 – Denim Day for Dementia
Thursday May 3 – Alzheimer’s Tea Day
For further information please log onto www.alzheimer.ie