The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (The ASI) is calling on Ireland to recognise and celebrate Mothers living with dementia this Mother’s Day, Sunday 19th March. It encourages those affected by the condition to reach out for support.
Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and honour the mothers in our lives, but for those living with dementia and children whose mothers are affected, it can also be a difficult and emotional time.
The ASI also wishes to remember Mothers who have passed away after living with dementia. While every day can be difficult when dealing with grief and loss, Mother’s Day can be particularly hard.
Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that can cause memory loss, difficulty with language, and changes in behaviour and thinking.
Additionally, mothers with a recent diagnosis of dementia may find it difficult to disclose their condition to their families – particularly their children – or be unaware of the supports and services available. They also might not feel ready to seek help.
As the number of people living with dementia (PLWD) continues to rise, the need for support and resources becomes increasingly essential. Living with dementia can be physically and emotionally demanding, not just for the person with the condition but also for their families. Those affected by dementia must take time for themselves and seek support when needed.
Marie O’Brien’s mother Margaret was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease seventeen years ago. Marie, from Limerick, is a member of our Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN). She said:
“Mother’s Day can be an emotional time for many; particularly for mothers living with dementia, impacted by dementia, and those who have a mother living with the condition. If you are struggling, I want you to know The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is here to help; I encourage you to contact the organisation for support.
‘On a personal note, I am celebrating my beautiful mam Margaret on Mother’s Day, who is the best mam in the world.”
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Dementia Adviser for Kilkenny and Carlow, Claire Cahill said:
“This Mother’s Day weekend, The ASI recognises mothers living with dementia, children whose mothers are affected – and is thinking of all the families who’ve lost a parent to the condition.
‘Living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia can be a challenging journey for everyone involved. We would call on anyone affected by the condition, whether through their own experience or that of a loved one, to reach out to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Whatever the circumstance, we are here to offer advice and support.”
Additionally, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland offers a variety of resources and support for PLWD, carers and families, including support groups, educational materials, and assistance with finding local resources.