The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Bessboro Day Centre launches first-of-its-kind Activity Lodge and celebrates the 30th anniversary of Tea Day


On 25 May, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s (The ASI's) Bessboro Day Centre in County Cork officially opened its Activity Lodge. The first-of-its-kind in Ireland, the Activity Lodge will help clients who have been diagnosed with young onset dementia (under 65 years) and those in the early stage of their dementia journey, providing an opportunity to meet socially and engage in community activities tailored to their interests and with their peers. The Activity Lodge is focused on its garden to help users reconnect with the natural world. 

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, T.D. (Member of the Irish Parliament) officially opened the Activity Lodge at The ASI’s Bessboro Day Centre in front of esteemed guests including public representatives, day centre users, their families and carers, community groups who have supported the development of the Activity Lodge and the wider community. The event was also the culmination of a month-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of Alzheimer’s Tea Day which saw over 800 Tea Day events take place across Ireland. The official opening of the Activity Lodge aired on Virgin Media News, Ireland's national independent television news service.