Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said adequate support systems must be put in place for those living with dementia and their families.
Speaking after meeting with representatives from Alzheimers Ireland at the European Parliament in Brussels, Ms Anderson said;
“There is a real need to break down the stigma that often surrounds dementia.
“Many people have a bleak image in their mind of what dementia can look like. They are often surprised to learn many people with dementia can live active lives, socialising and engaging with the wider community.
“It is crucially important that support mechanisms are put in place for people diagnosed with dementia to help them cope with their illness.
“As a carer I know how important it is for families to get adequate support. We could not have coped without the assistance we receive from work carers who help us look after our mother.
“There needs to be political will across Ireland to provide resources and support for those living with dementia. Health ministers in Dublin and Belfast should be working together to ensure people with dementia and their families get the support they deserve.”