Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

The Brain, Brain Health and Dementia: A Short Guide

We are delighted to announce the recent publication of The Brain, Brain Health and Dementia - A Short Guide.  This dementia awareness booklet  provides an opportunity for young people to learn about the brain, memory, brain health and dementia.

By providing young people with the opportunity to learn about dementia we are not only contributing to building a dementia friendly generation, we are also supporting the wider aim of building dementia friendly communities in Ireland.

Please click here to download a copy

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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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Integrated Pathways of Dementia Care in Action

HSE and Genio Dementia Briefing 14th December 2016

This half-day meeting, held in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin aimed to highlight the progress and pitfalls to date of the three Genio funded hospital projects. The three hospital sites - St James's Hospital (Dublin), Mercy University Hospital (Cork) and Connolly Hospital (Dublin) - have been charged with "developing integrated care pathways for people living with dementia to support planned and appropriate access to acute services and to improve their experience while in hospital."


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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

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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 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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