An Alzheimer’s Cafe is to be launched in Naas by radio personality Pat Kenny.
It will be based at McAuley Place, Sallins Road, in the Convent Tea Rooms and the first cafe night is on September 25 from 7 to 9pm.
Currently there are 2,000 dementia sufferers in Co. Kildare and there is no space dedicated to these people or their carers to meet in a social capacity.
The cafe will be the first anywhere in Co. Kildare.
Some 44,000 people are affected by dementia in Ireland this is projected to reach 140,000 by 2040.
The cafe will offer a place for carers and sufferers to gather together, find support from each other, enjoy a cup of tea and cake and receive more information on the condition.
It will be a safe and relaxed place where people with dementia their families and friends as well as health/social care professionals together for education and support.
It’ll be a forum where people can share experiences and talk about dementia and the emphasis is on the emotional and psychosocial rather than the medical aspect.
There is no charge for any visitor and the cafe will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Speakers on the first night will be Ann O’Driscoll, a geriatrician from Naas General Hospital and Anne Harris is representing the HSE. A different specialist will donate their time to group on each night.