Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

Living near a busy road may raise risk of dementia, major study into pollution finds

Last week there were several reports in the media that living near a busy road may increase the risk of developing dementia. The Canadian research looked at the medical records of over 6 million people aged between 20 and 85 living in Ontario from 2001-2012. It found that living near a busy road was associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. While this was a large-scale long-term study, it does not provide enough evidence that living near a busy road directly contributes towards the development of dementia and it doesn’t state which aspect of living near a busy road contributes to the increased risk.  However, the results do warrant further investigation and research.

Link to study http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(16)32399-6.pdf

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The DSIDC Education Centre is now Open

We are delighted to announce that the DSIDC’s new Education Centre is now open we are located on the sixth floor of the MISA Building.  All health service professionals and anyone with an interest in dementia keen to upskill and improve their knowledge base is welcome to visit and use the facilities free of charge. The new layout has been carefully designed to encourage interactive learning and to provide opportunities for small group tutorials and discussions. The setting is peaceful and conducive to reflection and critical thinking.

If you would like to visit the Centre please contact us at dsidc@stjames.ie or call 01 4162035 to arrange an appointment.  The facility is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

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26th Alzheimer's Conference, Copenhagan 31st October - 2nd November 2016

This year saw Alzheimer Europe's (AE) flagship event land in the hip Nordic capital of Copenhagen, a city that boasts the home of 'probably' the best lager in the world but also the home of 'probably' the most urbane citizens in Europe.


This was AE's biggest event to-date with over a dozen keynote speakers, a live Twitter feed throughout, an official app and royalty in attendance!  The conference was dominated by the theme of human rights and the rights of people with a disability, 'dementia-friendly' communities and research with a greater emphasis on medical research than previous years.


 

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The DSIDC at the SPHE Network Conference in Maynooth University

On Saturday 12th November, the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre attended the SPHE Network Conference ‘Citizenship Education 100 years on’ in Maynooth University.

Social, Political and Education (SPHE) has been part of the primary school curriculum since 1999 and was introduced to Junior Cycle curriculum in 2003. It equips students with life skills to make informed decisions about their health and well-being and helps them to ‘maintain supportive relationships’ at home, school and in their wider communities. The SPHE Network was founded in 2000 and ‘facilitates the ongoing development of SPHE as an integral part of both primary and post-primary curricula’.


At the conference, the DSIDC showcased our new dementia resource manual for teachers and a workbook for students called The Brain - from the Fantastic to the Forgetful. 

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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Evaluation

New Irish based research demonstrates positive effects of community based
cognitive stimulation therapy in a pilot study commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Please click here to access the article

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