The fifth National Memory Clinic Conference was held on Friday, 27th March 2015 in Trinity College Dublin. Jointly supported by the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) and Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC), the conference entitled “New Directions, New Dimension in Dementia,” focused on significant changes to the dementia landscape over the last five years and addressed some of the issues arising out of those changes. A mixture of national and international expert speakers addressed those with an interest in dementia and multidisciplinary staff working in some of the 17 memory clinics around the country covering topics such as the National Dementia Strategy, Neurocognitive Consequences of Sport Concussion, Driving and Dementia, epilepsy and memory loss, brain scanning in dementia, and a proposed national referral system for publicly funded Memory Clinics.
The conference was attended by over 150 healthcare professionals and pdf versions of the presentations are available for download.
The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre in association with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland are delighted to announce, their hosting an afternoon seminar entitled “Taking Dementia out of the Closet: A World without Stigma” on May 20th from 3.30pm to 6pm, in the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. The aim of the seminar is to debunk prevailing fears, myths and misunderstandings about Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias commonly held in society and to explore the critical impact that dementia along with its stigma often has on the individual diagnosed and on other family members. Key-note speaker is the eminent Professor Perla Werner, Vice Rector of the University of Haifa in Israel.
Welcome to the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre’s annual national conference. Our conference theme this year is Young Onset Dementia, an illness affecting some 4000 people under the age of 65 years in Ireland. Representing only about one in ten of all people with dementia in Ireland, this small but very significant group of people have distinctive medical, social, emotional, psychological and financial needs that straddle the boundaries of various service sectors including, older peoples health and social care services and mental health and disability services. In Ireland to date, this group of people have been hugely overlooked and their struggles and difficulties have by and large remained hidden except to themselves and their family members directly affected.Read More
The work presented at this Symposium is part of the DSIDC’s Living with Dementia research programme funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and conducted in The School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. The LID programme is committed to empowering and giving voice to people affected by dementia. It supports research projects that aim to make a real difference to the lives of all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias.Read More
The Symposium drew on the experience of several expert academics working in the field of ageing, dementia and caregiving. The event was opened by the Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast who reminded an audience of some 80 people, about the challenges and dilemmas of ageing and dementia. The key-note speaker was the world renowned Professor Steve Zarit who was on a study tour to Ireland. Professor Zarit is a distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in the United States.Read More