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Monday, 16th April 2018

Dancing with the Stars’ Judge Loraine Is Alzheimer Society’s Tea Day Ambassador

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 Lorraine Barry from Dancing With The Stars is the new ambassador for the 2018 Alzheimer’s Tea Day.

With over fifty dance champion titles to her name; Loraine Barry knows a thing or two about lifting cups. And now RTÉ’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge will be helping with a different kind of cup as she becomes The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (ASI) newest ambassador for the 2018 Alzheimer’s Tea Day.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day is the ASI’s largest annual fundraising campaign, supported for the third year by Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology and Loraine will be helping Dáithí Ó Sé to out the kettle on for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Tea Day on Thursday, May 3rd.

Since the very first Alzheimer’s Tea Day in 1994 almost €8 million has been raised to provide essential support to the 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland today. Every year, thousands of people host tea parties in their homes, offices and schools – this year they are asking you to join them. All funds that are raised locally from Tea Day events will stay locally.

The ASI is the national leader in advocating for and providing dementia-specific supports and services. Each year it provides more than one million hours of community-based dementia-specific care throughout Ireland.

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There is nothing we Irish love more than sharing a cup of tea with friends and families, where the problems of the day are tackled. With 1 in 2 people in Ireland knowing someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, calling round for a cup of tea is also a great way to bring a little light into the day of someone who may be isolated.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Ambassador Loraine Barry said:  “I would like to raise awareness of the benefits of dancing. As you probably already know, my love, and my life, is devoted to dancing.

“Dancing is wonderful for so many reasons; one of the biggest is because of the benefits to brain health. When you dance you need your brain to coordinate to the body to sound of the music.

“There is counting of timing, rhythm and coordinating of the body, and that of another body, if you dance as a couple. Research has proven that dancing is a benefit to people for health, loneliness and also well-being. I’m honoured and privileged to be a part of Tea Day 2018 and to put a spotlight not just on dementia and the amazing work of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.”

For more information or to register for Alzheimer’s Tea Day fundraising pack, visit www.teaday.ie or call (01) 207 3833

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