The Alzheimer Society of Ireland: 2016 was busiest year on record
March 20, 2017
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The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has revealed that 2016 was its busiest year on record since the service began in 2000 with almost 5,000 people contacting the free service.
Similar to previous years, most callers (61%) got in touch about a relative who had been diagnosed with dementia. Most of these these worried relatives (78%) were female and calling about a parent.
Queries included requests for information on services available, about the condition, and day-to-day living such as behaviour, assistive technology and activities and on legal issues.
There was also an 18% increase in calls from people worried about their own health with a 50:50 split between male and female callers.
ASI Information and Helpline Manager Samantha Taylor said: “Often this conversation may be the first time a person has mentioned to anyone that they are concerned about changes in their memory, mood or ability to manage day-to-day.”