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.
If you are living with dementia, this section offers some practical advice on living your life to the full.
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.
Thinking about your legal affairs is a vital step once a diagnosis of dementia is confirmed. There may be implications from the diagnosis which need to be considered sooner rather than later. A diagnosis doesn’t mean a person is unable to make legal decisions, but this is likely to change as time passes.
Here are some areas to consider when planning for the future.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that sets out who you would like to manage legal, financial and certain personal care decisions for you. It comes into effect if you reach a point where you cannot make these decisions yourself. The EPA is created by a solicitor while you are able to manage your legal and financial affairs. It is prudent planning both for caregivers and for those with dementia.
Some life insurance/assurance policies and mortgage protection policies will pay out early on a diagnosis of dementia. Check them carefully as some companies will specify a particular subtype such as Alzheimer's disease. Other policies such as Specified Illness cover and Critical Illness cover will also pay out on the basis of a diagnosis. If you are still in employment, you may have some form of Income Protection cover which will invariably pay out if you are unable to continue working.
People who have been diagnosed with dementia are not automatically excluded from driving. However there are a few steps to take: - you must inform your insurance company or you may not be insured - you must inform the National Driving Licence Service - you must take an ‘on road’ driving assessment
Over time, dementia does affect a person’s ability to drive safely and you may need to consider giving up driving.
Anyone with dementia who is still working is protected from discrimination and from dismissal just on the basis of a diagnosis.
People with dementia have the same civil and legal rights as everyone else. This booklet from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland explains what equality laws say and your rights in employment and more.
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