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WIT’s Annual Alzheimer’s Tea Day 2017

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WIT’s Annual Alzheimer’s Tea Day 2017
Time: All Day
Location: WIT
Cost: Free, donations welcome

WIT is supporting the Alzheimer Society of Ireland by hosting a Tea Day on Thursday, 27 April.

We will run a coffee morning in College Street, and the White Atrium, Main Campus taking place throughout the day with Music from Dave's List. All members of our college and local community welcome to attend. 

Then in the evening, we will host tea and coffee in the atrium outside the auditorium from 5pm-6pm, followed by an evening seminar from 6pm-8.30pm in the auditorium. 

Tea Day is a national day of celebration and fundraising that honours people affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia. Each year, thousands of generous people gather together. They drink tea, eat cake and sandwiches, take part in raffles, quizzes and games... and crucially, raise urgent funds for local Alzheimer services.

The money they raise goes directly to much-needed local services, like Day Care Centres, support groups, overnight respite and home care.  There’s never been a better reason to put the kettle on. 

Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to generating even more funds for the local branch of ASI in 2017!

Donations can be made at

We will serve Tea/coffee and more treats 5pm-6pm in the main atrium before our information evening with music from Dave's List!

6pm Welcome from Fiona Whelan-Ryan

6.10pm Kathy Ryan 'Living with Dementia'

From Cashel, Co Tipperary was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 53.  Kathy has two sons, Andrew and Matt. 

In July 2016 and during a six month ‘Dementia Care Begins at Home’ campaign, over one million people watched a powerful video featuring Kathy Ryan, Vice-Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group, and her sons. In this video she and her sons highlighted the need for more home care supports that will allow people with dementia to remain living at home with their families.

People all over Ireland responded to the video and by the end of the campaign over 25,000 people had signed a petition calling on the Government to invest in home care supports for people with dementia. This petition was presented to Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, in October 2016.

6.45pm Prof Riona Mulachy 'Challenges in Dementia'

Professor Ríona Mulcahy was appointed Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at University Hospital Waterford in 2000 and Undergraduate Dean, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2011. Her areas of specialist interest include Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Poly pharmacy in the Elderly. She has also extensive ongoing research including collaboration with Professor John Nolan in Waterford Institute of Technology that is following a cohort of patients with early signs of cognitive decline over a three-year period to investigate whether taking specific supplements can arrest the decline in and improve their cognitive function.

7.20pm Jemma Kehoe 'Therapeutic Foods for Dementia'

Jemma studied with the Institute of Health Sciences where she graduated with distinction in 2010. She is also a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she obtained her primary qualification as a pharmacy technician. While having a full appreciation of drugs and the healthcare industry as a result of dispensing and being a pharmacy manager for over 10 years Jemma was always drawn to the science and healing powers of many foods and nutrients and the tremendous impact that lifestyle has on our health outcomes and more importantly the quality of that health. She also is passionate about the fact that optimal health is not merely the absence of illness but works with her clients to achieve the best possible energy levels, slowing the aging process and reversing or avoiding disease.        

7.55pm Dr Sinead Conneely 'Legal Planning and Decision Making: Changes in Irish Law and Policy'

Lecturer on various law modules on different programmes at WIT but with particular interest in family and child law.

8.30pm Closing the info evening with any other questions re follow up and support.

Tea and coffee and some tasty treats will be served in the White Atrium, main building, main campus from 10.30am to 12pm with Dave's List, our WIT musicians entertaining us. 

Students from our hospitality management course are running a Willy Wonka themed tea party with Mrs Brown serving tea and coffee!

Tea and coffee and some delicious treats are also being served in College St from 10.30-12pm.


Noteworthy statistics

  • 55,000 people in Ireland are living with dementia
  • Half a million of us have had a family member with dementia
  • Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia
  • That’s at least 11 people everyday
  • Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, neighbours and friends
  • 1 in 2 people in Ireland know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia
  • But only 1 in 4 say they have a good understanding of dementia
  • Anyone can get dementia - even people in their 30s/40s/50s
  • 1 in 10 people diagnosed with dementia in Ireland are under 65
  • The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036
  • Two thirds of people living with dementia in Ireland are women
  • Over 180,000 people in Ireland are currently or have been carers for a family member or partner with dementia with many more providing support and care in other ways.

The ASI information bus will be coming to the WIT main front car park on the Cork Road from 1pm-5.30pm with Amy, a nurse who has dementia specific knowledge and experiences, available to offer advice and support.