WATCH: Irish mother with Early Onset Alzheimer’s emotional Facebook video

Her sons are asking people to sign a petition to help to increase investment from the state.

WATCH: Irish mother with Early Onset Alzheimer’s emotional Facebook video

Photo: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has launched a Facebook video to promote its pre-budget submission - and it is going viral.

The video was posted yesterday on The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Facebook page, and already has over 180,000 views.

It features Kathy Ryan, who has Early Onset Alzheimer's, and her sons Andrew and Matt.

Matt and Andrew explain, silently by holding up slides, how Early Onset Alzheimer’s will someday cause their mother to forget even the simplest things.

The video was created to spread the word, and support a petition about the need for more investment in home care for people with dementia.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) says it is important for the Government to invest in dementia home care in order for people with dementia to stay at home for as long as possible instead.

Senator Colette Kelleher is CEO of the ASI.

"There are currently 55,000 people with dementia in Ireland of which 63% live in the community."

"Waiting lists for home helps and home care packages are growing. Community care is grossly underfunded and people are simply not getting the care they want."

The ASI is calling on Government to invest €67m to meet the needs of 10% of people with dementia who live in the community.

This investment would provide home care supports for those in the early to mid-stages of dementia and improved packages for those with more complex care needs.

The ASI said that this initial investment must be built on year-on-year.