The Minister said at the launch “Each year 4,000 people in Ireland are diagnosed with dementia – that’s 11 people every day. Currently there are approximately 48,000 people living with dementia in the Republic of Ireland. Dementia prevalence is set to increase in line with our ageing population, underscoring the need for us as a nation to acknowledge and understand the condition and its impact on individuals and society as a whole.
Better awareness facilitates enhanced involvement with and support from the community. It gives carers, family members and friends an understanding and appreciation of the person affected by dementia and it reduces fear for all involved. Projects such as the Dementia Information Bus will go a long way towards bringing this information into the wider community.”