World Alzheimers Day 2017

On #WORLDALZHEIMERSDAY we look at the latest statistics and what can be done to help people with Alzheimers.

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to treble in Ireland by 2041. There are currently 42,000 people living with the disease here. But that is set to increase to 140,000 cases in less than 30 years.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease globally, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. (source, BBC news).

Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. 

Caring for a person with dementia can be very demanding but Bluebird Care can help you to support your loved one by offering advice, guidance and support, assessing and then developing a person centred support plan which is implemented by experienced staff. Support can be on a regular basis or short term to provide a break for family members and carers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop. They also become more severe.

But dementia is no longer the taboo topic it once was. People are talking more frankly about living with dementia than ever before. That’s thanks in part to the power of social media.

Everyday tasks such as washing and dressing can be difficult and cause stress and anxiety for the person. This is where our staff can help by working with them in a respectful and dignified manner. Washing and toileting is something most of us have done in private since childhood so the lack of privacy and self-consciousness is easy to understand. Staff are trained to encourage independence and offer choices whilst respecting privacy and maintaining safety.

Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is important and very often a person with dementia loses interest in food which will affect their over-all health and well- being. Bluebird Care staff can assist in preparing a nutritious meal and present it in a manner that looks appealing.

Bluebird Care staff can provide companionship and encourage activities which people have previously enjoyed such as gardening, walking or even swimming.

Challenging or unusual behaviour can be confusing and difficult to deal with. Staff at Bluebird Care can help you by advising on how to manage this by working with you to identify what may be causing the behaviour of your loved one and finding ways to overcome the problem so that the situation can become more manageable.


Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork Takes Flight

The team at Bluebird Care in Kerry will take flight in a charity skydive on Saturday the 13th of June in aid of Ian’s Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Office Administrator, Carly O’Donovan, Office Manager, Trish Kavanagh and Care Supervisor, Brandy Frizuki will be taking on the charity challenge.

Kerry:West Cork Charity Skydive

Carly O’Donovan says, “Doing a charity skydive has been on my bucket list for some time. We are all too often reminded of how short our time is and I figured if I don’t start crossing things off my list in the hope of having great, unforgettable, fun moments, I would end up regretting the things I was never brave enough to try.”

The challenge has been extended to all Bluebird Care Offices across Ireland. Money raised will go to two charities. Firstly Ian’s Trust a wonderful charity who support families with children who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury. The second is The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, a national charity who work across the country providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia.

The jump will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday the 13th of June.

To make a donation you can send a draft/cheque form payable to either of the named charities. Send donations to Fairies Cross Medical Centre, Clounalour, Oak Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry.




Dementia presents one of the greatest population health challenges both here in Ireland and globally.  With our ageing population and longer life expectancy, prevalence rates for dementia are going to dramatically rise in the years to come.  This means there is a greater need for our services. Alzheimers Society of Ireland will host a free coffee morning next week and everyone is welcome. Bluebird Care Wexford Director Michael Corcoran is special guest. See details below. 

Where: Fusion Café, 109 North Main Street, Wexford

When: Thursday 20th February  11am- 1pm

Contact: Sheila Gallagher on 053 9152828 or 087 9471107



Dementia Cases ‘set to treble worldwide’ by 2050

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to treble by 2050.

The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050.

The figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in London next week. (Source BBC Health News)

Bluebird Care is a provider of specialised care and has devised an infographic depicting the global picture in relation to Dementia.  For more on our specialised services click here.

Dementia Infographic

What is Dementia?

  • Dementia is an umbrella term describing a serious deterioration in mental functions, such as memory, language, orientation and judgement
  • There are many types, but Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for two-thirds of cases, is the most well-known
  • There is no cure for any type of dementia – drugs can ease some of the symptoms, but do not tackle the underlying diseases
  • Patients may have had a decade of brain cells being destroyed before any symptoms appear

The worldwide cost of dementia in 2010 was $604 billion with about 70% of the costs occurring in Western Europe and North America

The symptoms of dementia come in three stages:

  • Early Stage: symptoms include forgetfulness, losing track of time or getting lost in familiar places;
  • Middle Stage: as dementia progresses the symptoms become more noticeable and include forgetfulness of recent events, forgetting people’s names, getting lost at home, difficulty communicating and behavioural changes.
  • Late Stage: the late stage of dementia is one of near inactivity and total dependence. Memory disturbances are serious and the physical signs and symptoms become more obvious. Symptoms include being unaware of a sense of time or place, difficulty recognising family or friends, a need for assisted self-care and difficulty walking.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is thought to cause over half of all cases. It is recognised by the build up of protein on the brain, which forms plaques and tangles, which stops the brain functioning properly.

Vascular dementia is the second most common type and it occurs when the blood supply to the brain is damaged.

Lewy Bodies is a type of dementia that shares characteristics with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Fronto Temporal is a rare type of dementia, which affects the personality, behaviour and language skills in the early stages. This form of dementia often causes a loss of insight and so the person may do and say things at the wrong time and in the wrong place.

Korsakoff Syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiencies of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Korsakoff Syndrome is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse, but certain other conditions can also cause the syndrome.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is the common form of a group of rare, fatal brain disorders known as prion diseases. This disease triggers prion protein in the brain to fold into a three-dimensional abnormal shape.