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A comprehensive collection of information and resources relating to dementia can be viewed below:

Videos for Health Professionals

FreeDem Films aim to increase public and professional awareness around the important issues of memory loss and brain health. They tackle the stigma and fear around Alzheimer's Disease and dementia diagnosis in later life.
Each film addresses a question relating to brain health or dementia that older people identified as important. Each film is informed by and grounded in science and clinical evidence.

Training for Health Professionals

Specific training for GPs and other health professionals are available through two of the Understand Together partner organisations:
Dementia Pathways offer a web-based clinical education resource designed for Irish GPs and community based healthcare professionals.
Dementia Elevator provide 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. Resources are all evidence based and ensure that services person centred. This approach can be taken in the home, community based care or a hospital setting.
The materials include:
  • 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 the hospital setting.

Dementia Elevator

Dementia Elevator collaborates with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to design and deliver dedicated dementia training for GPs, practice nurses, community pharmacists, and health and 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 people with dementia and their carers. It equips attendees with essential skills to engage and communicate with people with dementia

Dementia Pathways

Specific training for GPs community based healthcare professionals is available through Dementia Pathways.This includes dementia training and education initiatives, including:

  • Bespoke practice-based dementia workshops for GPs 
  • Dementia education seminars for GPs at national and local events
  • Online dementia education modules for GPs (in conjunction with the ICGP as part of the Continuous Professional Development (CDP) training)
  • Clinical resources, including decision support tools, guidelines, care pathways and a database of supports and services, through the dementiapathways.ie web resource
  • Other dementia training and education workshops, seminars and online initiatives for GPs and Primary Care Team clinicians.

Dementia Elevator training for GPs

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. These are free of charge and can be downloaded from their website.

The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC)

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.

Support Packs

Support packs, including Posters, Shop Window Stickers and Support Badges can be ordered from our campaign team