Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviours that occur when the brain stops working properly. This results in loss of independent function for that person.
Daily brain exercises may help decrease your risk of developing dementia by building cognitive reserve.
This page will help you to find local services in relation to dementia quickly and efficiently.
If you are living with dementia, this section offers some practical advice on living your life to the full.
Within communities people are taking action, big and small steps that make a difference in the everyday lives of people with dementia. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
Businesses or service providers can make a big difference to the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
A community champion inspires others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia and their families. Find out how you can become a community champion and the supports available.
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Local communities and individuals are at the core of creating a supportive and compassionate society for people with dementia and their loved ones. There’s a place for every community in the Understand Together campaign. If you are involved in community work relating to dementia or part of a local group and would like to get involved in Understand Together please get in touch with the campaign team.
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Watch the general awareness video above which is suitable for all types of groups such as community and voluntary groups, health and social care professionals, business, schools and colleges.
You could inspire other groups by telling them about your activities. Getting involved can mean sharing your stories, the work your group is doing and helping to promote Understand Together at a local level. We’ll help support you by supplying promotional material and highlighting your work. We can also help to link you with other individuals and groups working to make life better for people with dementia and their loved ones.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is supporting work in local communities. This initiative focuses on improving the inclusion and quality of life of people with dementia and their families. The seven communities involved so far are located in Co Donegal, Galway city, Ballina/Killaloe in Co Clare, Mallow in Co Cork, Callan in Co Kilkenny, Cavan town and Co Wicklow.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has developed a Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit which contains a variety of key resources that will support communities to work towards becoming more dementia friendly. It also contains a number of information resources for various services, businesses, emergency response teams and people working in the areas of arts and leisure providing them with hints and tips for how they can support people with dementia. Please click here to find out more.
Joining in with Understand Together will help make people more aware of dementia and help them understand dementia better. The majority of people in Ireland with dementia live in the community and working together we can improve their lives.
If you, your organisation or local group would like to get involved in the campaign please contact:
Cairín Conway National Dementia Campaign ManagerHSE Communications Division,Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin D08 W2A8
Tel: 01 635 2067
Freephone our helpline on 1800 341 341
The helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm