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.
Despite all the research into dementia and its causes, we still don’t know how to prevent it. However we can reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Anyone at any age can make simple changes to their lifestyle that will benefit their brain. Some of these changes may help prevent certain types of dementia. The information in this section will give you some suggestions and ideas.
FreeDem Films is a series of short, easy to watch videos about dementia. They address fears about memory loss and dementia and provide practical advice about brain health. We understand that you worry about losing your memory and fear getting dementia. Each of our films answers a key question related to brain health and dementia. They will help you understand how memory works and ease some of your worries. We hope they will inspire you to think about your brain health and take actions to improve the quality of your life.
Learn about different types of memory and take comfort in knowing that it is simply not possible to lose your memory completely.
Acknowledgement: this video is provided by Sabina Brennan, Trinity Brain Health Hello Brain and Trinity College Dublin
Find out how memories are made and what you can do to help your memory
Knowing when a memory problem warrants a visit to the doctor can be tricky. This film may help you to decide whether it might be worth chatting with your doctor.
It’s important to know when to see your doctor about memory concerns but it’s equally important to know that forgetting someone's name doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting dementia.
You may be surprised to learn that some of your memory lapses are really failures of attention. Focusing your attention on what you are doing, when you are doing it, can help to reduce the number of absent-minded moments in your life.
While an Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis can feel like a bad place to be, there are reasons to be hopeful as well as things that you can do to improve the quality of your life.
Find out how keeping active is important for brain health.
Find out how we can include people with dementia in our community by being inclusive, understanding and friendly.
If you have been confused by these terms in the past, or mistakenly thought that they were the same thing, you might want to watch this film.
Find out about a five-step brain health check for doctors.