About Thinking Ahead
Thinking Ahead is a nationwide campaign organised by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI). The aims of the Thinking Ahead campaign are:
to highlight the need to urgently address the crisis in our neurological care services and promote investment in and development of neurological care
to highlight the crucial role played by non statutory organisations in providing services and supports to people with neurological conditions and the need to protect them from further funding cuts
NAI and all member organisations are now actively lobbying those in the health care system and political system who have the power to prevent this crisis. You can help Thinking Ahead campaign by:
Read and Support our Action Plan Today! Our Action Plan outlines 10 important actions the new govertment needs to take to protect and prioritise neurological care.
Send an email or download a letter from here. Lobby your local TD and let them know how urgently they need to prioritise neurological care.
About Neurological Conditions
Over 700,000 people in Ireland live with a neurological condition such as stroke, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimers disease, Parkinson disease and acquired brain injury. However, the services to support these people and their families is far from adequate. Download our factsheet on neurological care in Ireland to learn more.
In 2011 NAI carried out research on the experiences of people with neurological conditions and their families. The results showed the many deficiencies in our health care system and the important role of neuroligical charities. Download the results of the Thinking Ahead nationwide survey on experiences of neurological care.
To learn more about individual neurological conditions go to our members pages and chek out the many charities who provide support and services. Also, read these real life stories of people living with migraine, epilepsy, stroke and Huntingtons Disease.
Aine’s story: Aine lives with Huntington's Disease and is cared for by her mother. Many other members of the family also live with the disease, a genetic disorder affecting a possible 500 people in Ireland.
Anne’s story: Anne suffered a stroke which resulted in major surgery and a six month stay in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Anne recounts the highs and lows of her journey.
Rachel’s story: At 18 Rachel experienced her first epileptic seizure while on holidays. Experiencing a long struggle to acceptance, Rachel outlines the chnages she has made in her life.
Val’s story : At seven years old Val was diagnosed
About The NAI
The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) is the national advocacy umbrella for neurological care in Ireland. It represents over 30 non statutory organisations working with people with neurological conditions. Learn more...