Radio Interviews 2020

The Dementia: Understand Together campaign recently partnered with IRS local radio stations. Twenty interviews took place across ten stations with people living with dementia, carers and people working to support them.

This year has been a particularly difficult one for people living with dementia and their carers, family and friends, as many may have been cocooning to stay safe from Covid – 19, missing social connections or support services. The winter months, with shorter days, darker evenings and colder weather will present new challenges for people to engage in their communities, go for walks or see a much-missed friend. 

We want to help ensure that people with dementia and their families know that they are not forgotten and continue to raise awareness in communities about the ways we can reach out, support and engage.  

You can listen back to the interviews here

Clare FM Leahnora Clohessy

Leahnora is an OT and Manager of the Clare Memory Technology Resource Room 

Clare FM Marian Costello

Marian cares for her parents who are living with dementia

KCLR Catherine & Maureen O Hara

Maureen is living with dementia and is joined by her sister Catherine

KCLR Live Mary Hickey

Mary is the co-founder of the Kilkenny Memory Support Group

KFM Kildare Fiona Marie Booth

Fiona Marie is a member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network

KFM Kildare Professor Louise Hopper DCU

Louise is Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology in Dublin City University and the founder of  the Leixlip Dementia Cafe

MidWest Radio Antoinette Larkin

Antoinette is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Portiuncula University Hospital

Midlands 103 Joan Mannion

Joan is an advanced Nurse Practitioner (Cognitive Assessment & Dementia Care-Psychiatry of Later Life)

Midlands 103 Dr Helen Rochford Brennan

Helen is a member and former Chair of the European Dementia Working Group. Helen is living with dementia

Mid West Radio Frances Maloney

Frances is the Operations Manager at Community Action on Dementia in Mayo

Ocean FM Carmel Geoghegan

Carmel is the founder of Dementia Ireland and was  a carer for her mother who lived with dementia

Ocean FM Julie Bradley

Julie is an occupational therapist working with patients living with dementia

Radio Kerry Kevin and Helena Quaid

Kevin is a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group and is living with Lewy Body dementia. Kevin’s wife, Helena is his full-time carer and a member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network

Radio Kerry Amy Murphy 

Amy is a Dementia Advisor with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, supporting those affected by dementia and guiding them through  services in their local area

Shannonside Tom McCann

Tom is a Dementia Nurse Specialist with Western Alzheimers, supporting those affected by dementia and guiding them through  services in their local area

Shannonside Eileen Ridge

Eileen is a volunteer with Western Alzheimers’ Befriending service. Eileen’s husband is living with dementia.

South East Radio Ann Marie Hayes and Brian Toomey

Ann Marie, a public health nurse, and Brian, a volunteer, are community champions, who are working together on dementia inclusive projects in Bunclody 

South East Radio Mary D’Arcy

Mary D’Arcy is a carer for her husband with dementia

Tipp FM Emma O Brien

Emma is a senior occupational therapist in the Memory Technology Resource Room in Clonmel

Tipp FM Dementia Marguerite Keating & Clodagh Whelan

Marguerite is living with dementia and is a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group. Clodagh Whelan is Engagement and Participation Officer with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland