The politicisation of dementia through increased support for advocacy, mainly through Atlantic’s support for the work of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, has simultaneously helped highlight the needs of people with dementia and their families to politicians, policy makers and the public. As a result of a number of high profile campaigns and public awareness initiatives, the public is now much more aware of dementia. Slowly, the stigma attached to the disease is being eroded, ensuring that there is greater understanding and visibility for those living with the disease.
The expectation is that that voice will and must become stronger, thereby shaping resource allocation and priority-setting for the future.
Paying Dividends, A Report on the Atlantic Philanthropies Investment in Dementia in Ireland, Professor Eamon O’Shea and Dr. Patricia Carney, Page 56