Tea morning in support of the Alzheimer’s Association

Tea morning in support of the Alzheimer's Association

Adrian, John, Cyntia, Lorna, Sandra, Marie, Vincent and Ray

The Kilnamanagh Alzheimer’s Society held a very successful tea morning at the local Family Recreation Center on Friday morning 3 May.

“There were between 70 and 100 people in attendance,” said John Duff, manager of the centre.

The event was held from 10am to 1pm and Aaron Greene, who plays for Shamrock Rovers and is from Kilnamanagh, was also there.

A raffle was also held for prizes donated by volunteers.

The Kilnamanagh Alzheimer’s Society was founded by Raymond Smith, Kilnamanagh.

“They were in Bloomfield but during Covid Bloomfield closed so Raymond asked me for a room in Kilnamanagh. They have a room every Friday morning,” John said.

The association organizes various activities for their Friday meetings.

Shamrock Rovers player Aaron Greene meets Ray, Stephanie, Dermot, Deirdre and Rob at Kilnamanagh Community Center

“They come in and sing a song, a ukulele group comes once a month, and some weeks they have bingo and quiz games. Quiz games are good for people with Alzheimer’s disease. They have tea and coffee every Friday morning and also a few games,” said John.

He believes that Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more common.

“You wouldn’t believe the number of people with Alzheimer’s. It’s not just old people, there are young people in their 50s too,” John said.

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and ultimately the ability to perform the simplest of tasks.

“Alzheimer’s disease is all about the mind; the number of people affected is frightening,” John said.

Pat, Liz, Una, Gaye and Ann support the Tea Morning

One of the goals of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Friday meetings is to give informal caregivers a social outlet.

“People with Alzheimer’s should come with an informal caregiver. It gives the caregiver a few hours off, it is a social interaction for the caregivers. There’s a song, they may not know what happened yesterday, but they know all the songs. It’s all old music,” John said.

Most caregivers who attend these meetings have a family relationship with the person they care for.

“Nine out of 10 caregivers are family members, a husband or wife, or a daughter or a son,” John added.