Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviours that occur when brain cells stop working properly and result in loss of independent function for that person.
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.
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This is an ambitious and wide ranging campaign. It involves
a lot of different organisations co-operating to help people with dementia and their loved ones.
Facts and Figures on Dementia
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
The following contains a comprehensive collection of information and resources relating to dementia that is available for GPs and health professionals. This page will direct you towards those resources and help easily locate the most appropriate ones available.
Videos for Health Professionals
FreeDem Films aim to increase public and professional awareness around the important issues of memory loss and brain health. At the same time they tackle the stigma and fear that can accompany a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and dementia in later life.
Each film addresses a question relating to brain health or dementia that older people identified as important. While designed and scripted to be entertaining and engaging, each film is informed by and grounded in science and clinical evidence.
Training for Health Professionals
Specific training for GPs and other health professionals is available through two of the Understand Together partner organisations:
Dementia Pathways offers a web-based clinical education resource designed for Irish GPs and community based healthcare professionals.
Dementia Elevator provides dementia awareness training for health and social care professionals in both the public and private sectors.
The HSE National Dementia Education Programme has developed resources for nurses and other healthcare staff who care for people with dementia. The resources are all evidence based and ensure that services are underpinned by a person centred model. This approach can be taken in the home, community based care or a hospital setting.
The materials include a staff E-Learning Programme on early identification of memory problems in the older person, Dementia Champions Programme, an information booklet for home care workers, a CD for community based workers and information posters on the differentiation between depression, dementia and delirium for use in a particular in hospital setting.
Understand Together campaign partner Dementia Elevator collaborates with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to design and deliver dedicated dementia training for i) GPs, ii) practice nurses, iii) community pharmacists, and iv) health & social care professionals.
Dementia Elevator has developed a two day educational dementia programme suitable for all Health and Social Care workers in hospital, residential and community settings. The level three programme aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deliver high quality, person-centred care to the person with dementia and their carers. It will equip attendees with essential skills to engage and communicate appropriately with people with dementia.
Specific training for GPs community based healthcare professionals is available through Dementia Pathways, a web-based clinical education resource. This includes dementia training and education initiatives, including:
Dementia Pathways – for GPs and community based healthcare professionals
Another campaign partner, Dementia Pathways, is a web-based clinical education resource designed for Irish GPs and community based healthcare professionals. The resource is directed at those managing people with dementia in primary care. It includes workshops, seminars, online education modules and clinical resources like decision support tools.
Visit Dementia Pathways
Dementia Elevator training for GPs
Our campaign partner Dementia Elevator has collaborated with the ICGP and Dr Tony Foley to develop and make available bespoke GP training focused on dementia. The training includes diagnosis, disclosure, treatment (both social and medical), carer support, ethical and legal issues, therapeutic communication for dementia and formulation of person-centred care. This training is delivered as part of the ICGP CDP training for GPs. The training programmes are free of charge and can be downloaded from their website.
The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC)
A third campaign partner DSIDC is a national centre for excellence in dementia care based at St. James's Hospital in Dublin. The centre offers a range of courses that can be customised to individual needs and delivered either in-house or at venues around the country.
The DSIDC also hosts the only dementia specific library in the country well stocked with journals, books, audiovisual media and electronic resources. Health service professionals and others with an interest in dementia are encouraged to visit this library and use the rich resources it contains. Visits are free of charge but are by appointment only.
Visit The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre