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.
Businesses and service providers can make a big difference to the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Being dementia inclusive is about supporting and enabling people with dementia to be actively engaged in their community.
Becoming more dementia inclusive is a socially responsible step. It will improve the customer experience as a whole and bring economic benefits, too.
Join over 40 organisations across Ireland from sectors including retail, transport, banking, health and the voluntary and community sector leading the way in creating dementia inclusive communities.
What is good for people with dementia is good for everyone.
Dementia affects over 500,000 families in Ireland. Your actions will support customers, service users, employees and volunteers.
The diagnosis of dementia is life-changing. But the person does not become the illness. That is why it is important that you don't treat someone differently because of the diagnosis.
The more people know about dementia and how they can actively support this movement, the bigger the impact will be.
Have you ever been in a situation where you would have liked someone to ask how can I help you”?
Imagine what a day for a person with dementia and their families is like. How this simple question could transform it. Only by asking, will you find out how you can be of support? You may be surprised that it is the little things that make a big difference.
Relationships are important to everyone in life. The same applies to those diagnosed with dementia and their families. It is vital not to stay away because of dementia and to continue to be in touch.
Think about how you engaged before the diagnosis, and how you engage now? The person with dementia is still a person. Your relationship does not need to end, because dementia started.
Keeping active and enjoying hobbies is a vital part of life. To stay involved in community life and continue to socialise is important.
Dementia does not mean someone must stop doing the things they love, but as time goes on, they may need support to do so. Do not underestimate the difference you can make.
Whatever the interest may be, having the choice to continue doing them can bring extra joy to life.
“Put yourself in their shoes". See your service through the eyes of someone with dementia.
This helps you understand the challenges a person with dementia may have when using services or accessing spaces. It may also change your attitude towards that person or what you do as a result.