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Despite all the research into dementia and its causes, we still don’t know how to prevent it. However we can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Anyone at any age can make simple changes to their lifestyle that will benefit their brain. Some of these changes may help prevent certain types of dementia. The information in this section will give you some suggestions and ideas.

FreeDem Films is a series of short, easy to watch videos about dementia. They address fears about memory loss and dementia and provide practical advice about brain health. We understand that you worry about losing your memory and fear getting dementia. Each of our films answers a key question related to brain health and dementia. They will help you understand how memory works and ease some of your worries. We hope they will inspire you to think about your brain health and take actions to improve the quality of your life.

Can my memory go completely?

Learn about different types of memory and take comfort in knowing that it is simply not possible to lose your memory completely.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

How does memory work?

Find out how memories are made and what you can do to help your memory

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

When should I be concerned about my memory?

Knowing when a memory problem warrants a visit to the doctor can be tricky. This film may help you to decide whether it might be worth chatting to your doctor.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

I have trouble remembering things - am I getting dementia?

It’s important to know when to see your doctor about memory concerns but it’s equally important to know that forgetting someone's name doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting dementia.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

Why is attention important?

You may be surprised to learn that some of your memory lapses are really failures of attention. Focusing your attention on what you are doing, when you are doing it, can help to reduce the number of absent-minded moments in your life.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

I have Alzheimer’s Disease - what can I do to help myself and improve my day-to-day life?

While an Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis can feel like a bad place to be, there are reasons to be hopeful as well as things that you can do to improve the quality of your life.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

What can I do to keep my brain healthy?

Find out how keeping active is important for brain health.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

How can I include people with dementia in our community?

Find out how we can include people with dementia in our community by being inclusive, understanding and friendly.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia?

If you have been confused by these terms in the past, or mistakenly thought that they were the same thing, you might want to watch this film.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin

I’m a doctor - is there a good way to check out a memory complaint?

Find out about a five-step brain health check for doctors.

Acknowledgment: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brainand Trinity College Dublin