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.
Memory Technology Resource Rooms (MTRR) have been set up by the HSE all over the country. These rooms are for people who would like to know more about products and devices which can help manage memory difficulties.
When you visit a Memory Technology Resource Room, you will be greeted by a healthcare professional who will discuss with you any difficulties you are having that assistive technology might be able to help you with. The MTRRs have a wide range of assistive technologies on demonstration so you have the opportunity to see and try out different devices. The healthcare professional will also discuss practical strategies to promote independence, safety, and quality of life.
Assistive technology can be any device, product, gadget or system that helps you with memory and supports continued engagement in meaningful activities. Assistive technologies promote independence, communication and safety both in and out of the home. There is a wide range of assistive technologies available and these include simple devices such as orientation clocks, or high tech devices such as GPS tracking technologies. It is important to recognise that not all assistive technologies suits everyone and you should consult with your memory technology resource room to understand the benefits and considerations when matching technologies to the person.
Some MTRRs can offer you a loan of certain assistive technologies to trial at home for a month, this allows you to assess if the piece of technology is supportive and worth purchasing.
Please note the MTRRS do not sell any of the assistive technologies but can provide you with information on where to purchase them.
Below you will find a video about the MTRR service created by the Understand Together campaign, along with videos on some of the assistive technologies available at the MTRR, these videos were developed by Sheila Mitchell, Occupational Therapist, MTRR Galway/Roscommon.
Click here to see an information video about the MTRRs
Click here to see orientation assistive technologies
Click here to see safety assistive technologies