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.
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.
The unknown is always daunting and receiving a diagnosis of dementia for yourself or a loved one may well cause you distress and fear. Living with dementia is challenging for the individual involved and for those who care about them. People with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives given the appropriate practical and emotional support. Being a carer can have many rewarding aspects.
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Sean and Helen talk about being diagnosed
Acknowledgement: Video provided by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
It can be very tempting to bury your head in the sand, carry on as if nothing has changed and try to ignore the challenges involved. Deciding who to tell and when is the individual's choice. Sharing the diagnosis may bring relief and make socialising easier. Friends and family to be more understanding of forgetfulness or a change in behaviour.
After receiving a diagnosis it’s a good idea to take some practical steps to make life run more smoothly. As a first step, you or your family can call the free helpline on 1800 341 341. Advisers and trained volunteers are available to talk to you in confidence about causes of dementia, how a diagnosis is made, accessing services and supports, practical tips for living well day-to-day, legal and financial affairs and much more.