On Wednesday, the 11th of May, the Roscommon Dementia Café celebrated the launch of their new website. Members from across the county who use the service gathered together in Lough Key Forest Park to celebrate this momentous occasion. Guest speakers highlighted the importance of the service, and the site was officially launched by Cllr. Joe Murphy (Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council).
Roscommon Dementia Alliance was established in May 2017, when a group of community and voluntary organisations and community activists came together to address a growing need within the county. The group initially began with information sessions, presentations, training, and seminars, and has since progressed to hosting national conferences and monthly dementia cafés.
Roscommon Dementia Alliance operates from the core community development principles of participation, social inclusion, social justice, empowerment and collective action. The new website project is supported by the Roscommon LEADER Partnership through its SICAP team.
There is significant evidence of the prevalence of dementia in our society; a report from Alzheimer Europe has stated that the overall numbers of people with dementia in Ireland will more than double, from an estimated 55,000 in 2018 to 141,200 in 2050, due to a predicted increase in Ireland’s population over the coming thirty years.
Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Murphy complimented the main groups and organisations involved in the County Roscommon Dementia Alliance committee and everyone who assisted in any way on this project.
To learn more about the Roscommon Dementia Café, or to access the wide range of information and services available, visit the new website at roscommondementia.ie.