Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

Dementia in the News Weekly Bulletin

We are delighted to publish our weekly news bulletin which highlights interesting articles which have appeared in the media over the last week:

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Places available on the Foundation in Dementia Care - Wednesday 10th May 2017


The Foundation in Dementia care is a one day workshop designed to provide basic knowledge and understanding of dementia and to facilitate the development of skills in a person centred philosophy of care. This workshop is aimed at health care staff with no prior dementia training.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:
• List the main types of dementia and describe their general characteristics.
• Describe and discuss the implications of a person-centred philosophy of care.
• Understand the importance of life story work and activity-focused care. 

Dates for 2017

10th May -  6th September  -  8th November

If you would like to attend this one day workshop please click here to complete the booking form

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DSIDC Workshop Lifestory and Activity in Dementia Care - 2 Days

Wednesday 17th May and 14th June 2017 - 9.00am to 4.00pm

This two day workshop will give participants the knowledge to develop the skills to record life stories and design activities.  On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:


• Relate the importance of life story work and activities to quality of life
• Describe various ways of collecting life story information
• Explore the use of various types of activities
• Design and present an activity for a person with a dementia
• Debate the relevant ethical issues

Cost: €130.00

If you would like to attend this workshop please click here to complete the booking form

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Dementia in Ireland - 9th International Dementia Conference 15th & 16th May 2017

Sonas apc will host their international dementia conference, Dementia in Ireland: Building Knowledge, Leadership and Communities, in the Citywest Hotel Dublin.  Key speakers at the conference include Professor Richard Fleming, Professor Eamon O'Shea, Dr Tony Foley, Agnes Huston and Benedicte Sorensen Storm.

For further information and booking please click here

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Irish Examiner Article on Explaining Dementia to Children

Helen O'Callaghan recently interviewed Professor Suzanne Cahill and Dearbhla O'Caheny, from the DSIDC, on the issue of explaining dementia to children.  Helen proposes the fact that children need to be told if a relative is suffering from dementia so that they can understand the changes in behaviour.  Click here to read the full article in the Irish Examiner

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