Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Older People and Chair of the All Party Oireachtas Committee for Dementia, Mary Butler TD has said that Budget 2019 is an opportunity to start getting it right for people living with dementia in this country.

“There are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland right now, with a further 11 people diagnosed each and every day. It is expected that the number living with dementia will exceed 100,000 in the next 20 years.

“Despite this, there are just eight Dementia Advisors in the country covering just 12 counties. Large parts of the country are without access to this very important service.

“Access to services such as this shouldn’t come down to some form of post code lottery. People with dementia and their families need the support of Dementia Advisors.

“These advisors should be the professional a person with a new diagnosis of dementia turns to after their doctor. They need advice on what their rights are, sign posting to services and practical tips on living with dementia.

“Thousands of people in this country are being left without access to this service simply because of where they live.

“Budget 2019 can change all that. Putting in the resources now in terms of dementia care and support will deliver long term impacts, and I am imploring the Minister for Finance to increase the funding to ensure a country-wide service,” concluded Butler.