Dementia Training Programme for Transport Service Providers now available!

This innovative programme will give transport services staff an understanding of what it means for passengers to live with dementia, and will provide some basic communication skills and strategies which could support them to use transport services. It was developed in close consultation with staff working in the transport services sector as well as people living with dementia.

What does the training include?

The training is interactive and engaging and is divided into 5 short modules.

The content includes:

  • An overview of what it means to live with dementia
  • Interviews with experts in the field including a person with dementia
  • A series of video scenarios set on a transport service, exploring supportive communication skills, and other useful strategies which could support passengers with dementia
  • What a dementia friendly physical environment looks like.

Programme features include:

  • Reflective exercises with each module
  • An online forum
  • Additional resources with each module
  • A facilitator’s resource pack for group delivery
  • A certificate on completion.

The programme can be freely accessed using this link.

The programme flyer can be downloaded here

The 9th International Sonas APC Dementia Conference

The 9th International Sonas APC Dementia conference takes place on the 15th and 16th of May 2017. More information is available here

A National Dementia Registry for Ireland

A new report by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and DCU on the feasibility of a National  Dementia registry for Ireland was recently launched. It can be downloaded here.

Dementia and Everyday Ethics Module Applications

Applications now open for the next  DCU Dementia and Everyday Ethics module. Closing date is the 14th of December.

Graduates will have a theoretical and practical grounding and the ability to recognise situations in everyday dementia care that are ethical in nature and be able to guide colleagues in a helpful manner through decision making.

For more information on the module and how to apply click here: Dementia and Everyday Ethics Flyer.

Dementia Champions Module Applications

Applications now open for the next DCU Dementia Champions module. Closing date is the 14th of December.

A dementia champion is someone with excellent knowledge and skills in the care of people with dementia. A champion is self-motivated and motivates others, acts as a role model in the delivery of person centred care, is an advocate for people with dementia and a source of information and support for co-workers.

For more information on the module and how to apply click here: Dementia Champions Flyer.

The Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit – now available.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland have recently launched the Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit. It contains a variety of key resources that will help organisations, businesses and communities to support people with dementia and their loved ones.

Access the toolkit here.

The Dementia Roadshow

Following the Showcase in DCU on 20 September, the Elevator team hit the road to bring the Elevator message into local communities around the country. The itinerary included:

  • 21 September 2016: Clonmel (am) Cork (am/pm) & Kinsale (pm)
  • 22 September 2016: Tralee (am) & Limerick (pm)
  • 23 September 2016: Roscommon (am) & Castlebar (pm)
  • 24 September 2016: Achill Island (am/pm)
  • 26 September 2016: Donegal (am)
  • 27th September 2016: Dundalk (am)

The team covered 1,176 km and a total of 1,000 people attended the different Roadshow events. Feedback from the people we met was generally positive and the trip generated significant interest and demand for the training on offer. We really enjoyed meeting the people dealing with dementia in local communities and learned a lot from them along the way. We have returned from our trip happy to have made these first steps, but convinced of the need for increased local supports to make ageing in place a more viable option for people with dementia.

You can find out more about the Dementia Roadshow by reading Dr Kate Irving’s blog, which describes each stop along the way: kates-dementia-elevator-roadshow-blog.


Dementia Showcase and Innovation Awards

The Dementia Showcase took place on 20 September 2016 at DCU. The event was a collaboration between Dublin City University (DCU), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI). 270 people attended the Showcase, which highlighted the training initiatives developed by the project, as well as other resources available to people with dementia and their carers. There were many highlights in the day’s agenda. An interesting panel discussion was expertly chaired by Prof June Andrews. We also enjoyed a lively performance by The Forget-me-Nots choir, from Baldoyle (pictured above) and E-Gress, a moving artwork by Irish artist, Marie Brett and Musician, Kevin O’Shannahan. The event was a great success – many thanks to all involved in organisation behind the scenes.

The winners of the 2016 Innovation in Dementia Award were announced at the Showcase. Sincere congratulations to Mary Walsh and Aideen Lawlor, St Mary’s Hospital, Co. Dublin for their project – Becoming active participants in decision making through improved communication. The winners received €1,000 to help promote this worthy initiative which involves the use of ‘talking mats’ to promote decision making capacity for people with dementia.

20/09/2016 - NEWS - Image from DCU during the National Dementia Showcase to mark World Alzheimer Day. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

20/09/2016 – Winners of the Innovation in Dementia Award 2016 with Dr Kate Irving (DCU) and Mary Manning (HSE). Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Shortlist announced for the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2016

Check out the eight shortlisted projects who are in the running to win the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2016! Dementia Elevator Innovation Award Shortlist 2016

The winners will be announced at the Dementia Showcase event in the Helix Theatre, DCU  on the 20th September.



New resource on Nutrition and Dementia by the HSE and Irish Nutrition and Dietitics Institute (INDI) now available.

This resource provides useful information and addresses common challenges around the area of  nutrition for those supporting or caring for a person with dementia. It can be downloaded from the INDI website