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
On Wednesday 21st may, the DSIDC, Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology hosted a two hour interactive workshop on the topic of respite care at the Royal Irish Academy Dawson Street. The guest speakers were Professor Steve Zarit, his wife Dr Judy Zarit (from Penn State University, USA) and John Coleman, a public health nurse who is currently attached to the Blackrock/Stillorgan Dublin project. Chaired by Professor Des O'Neill the event was attended by an audience of some 70 people, including formal and informal caregivers.Read More