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.
Another part of Understand Together is teaching students about dementia. As part of a dementia awareness and educational programme, the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC) has published a dementia resource manual for teachers and a workbook for students called The Brain - from the Fantastic to the Forgetful. It educates students about the brain and the interaction between brain and lifestyle and is particularly helpful for young people who have loved ones with dementia.
An interactive pdf version of the school's resource is now available.
The teaching resource can be integrated into Junior Cycle subjects Social, Political and Health Education (SPHE), Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE) and Science and Well-being in Junior Cycle where it can help to support students in the six indicators for Wellbeing. It is also possible to integrate the resource into Transition Year Science or other relevant subjects and Transition Year Units (TU).
The resource manual covers:
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