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.
Quite often it’s the small things that mean the most, a friendly word, a smile, a gesture.Inclusivity starts with one person: you. By getting involved, you are joining other individuals around Ireland who recognise that a community consists of all its people and that this is what makes it stronger.
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. You can help by sharing your knowledge, be it through social media or talking to your colleagues, family and friends.
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.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed”. The importance of friendship can’t be overstated to those diagnosed with dementia and their families. It is vital not to shy away because of dementia and to continue being a friend.
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".
This helps to understand the challenges a person with dementia may have when using services or accessing spaces. It may also change attitudes towards that person.