Atlantic has played a key role in brokering change and pushing the reform agenda for dementia in Ireland. There is clear evidence that the vision and ideas of Atlantic grantees in dementia have directly impacted on the thinking of government and have contributed to transformative changes in policy and practice.
So much so that Ireland now has a very real chance to become a global leader in changing how we think about and approach dementia.
Many of the ideals, objectives and person-centred models of dementia care espoused by the WHO, OECD and the International Alzheimer Associations are working their way into policy and practice in this country.
But, the work in Ireland isn’t over. It’s just beginning. With sustained and significant investment in dementia care, the amazing work that has taken place to date can yield further dividends, benefiting individuals, families and communities.
“I want to leave a legacy that I know that I’ve done everything I possibly can for as long as I possibly can to try and change how the world looks at Alzheimer’s and how the world looks at all kinds of dementia
Helen Rochford Brennan, Dementia Ambassador