Reminder – Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2016

There are just a few weeks left to apply for the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award! The closing date is 26th of August. The most innovative project will win 1,000 euro to start or further develop their project. More details on how to apply at this link

Dementia Training for Financial Services – Available now!

The Dementia Elevator team  are delighted to announce that the Dementia Awareness Training for Financial Services is now available.

It is intended that this training will provide staff working in financial institutions with some awareness and skills to better support customers living with a type of dementia. The training is completely free and can be accessed on this website here.

The programme aims to be interactive and engaging, using filmed scenarios, exercises, an online forum and a quiz. It was developed in close consultation with staff working in the financial services sector as well as people with dementia. An overview of the content is set out below.

The programme consists of seven modules which include:

  1. Overview of dementia.
  2. The impact of stigma and diagnosis.
  3. Basic skills and strategies to support a customer with possible dementia.
  4. Good communication techniques.
  5. The question of financial abuse.
  6. Working with relatives/carers.
  7. Dementia friendly physical environments.


National Carers Week

This week is National Carers week –  13th-19th June. If you are caring for a person with dementia or know someone who is, why not have a look at our free, online training programme Dementia Coping Skills For Families and Carers here.

You can also find out more by downloading the poster below.

Family Carers Poster


Announcement of Innovation in Dementia Award 2016

The Dementia Elevator team are delighted  to invite applications for the third Innovation in Dementia Award! This award will be presented to a project that plays a role in improving the quality of life of people with dementia, their caregivers, loved ones, and/or health professionals working in dementia care.

Applicants across all settings including (but not limited to) home, community, business, arts, technology and healthcare are invited to apply. The successful applicant will receive €1,000 in prize money to help develop a dementia related project or expand an existing project in a novel way.

The winner will be announced at the Dementia Elevator End of Project Exhibition which will take place  in the Helix, DCU on the 20th of September 2016. Last year’s winners are pictured above. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday the 26th of August 2016.

For more information click here: Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia – Information document 2016.

The application form can be downloaded here: Elevator Innovation Award Application Form 2016.

You can view and download the 2016 Innovation Award Poster below.

innovation award poster 2016



Elevator were delighted to be featured recently in the Wexford press after a successful dementia training awareness session in collaboration with Bluebird Care Wexford and Wexford Chamber

There was a large turnout for the training in  which focused on Dementia Friendly business and retail outlets. To access the online dementia awareness programme for retail staff click here or to get involved in making your retail outlet dementia friendly contact

Dementia awareness training for retailers and customer facing services in Wexford town: 6th April 2016

Dementia Elevator is delighted to be collaborating with Wexford Chamber and Bluebird Care Wexford to deliver dementia awareness training for front line staff!

Date: Wednesday 6th April 2016
Time: Registration from 6pm; Presentation 6.30pm – 8pm (incl. Q&A Session)
Venue: Wexford Chamber, Hill Street, Wexford
Fee: Attendance is FREE

Face to face delivery of Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers on​ 8th April 2016 in DCU, ​Book your place now!​

Dementia Elevator will host face-to-face delivery of its online programme: Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers.

More information about the training is available by clicking this link.

Date: 8th April 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Dublin City University

Cost: Free

Dr. Paulina Piasek will deliver the programme in a supportive environment of other family carers. The places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Light lunch will be provided.

To book a place, or for more information, please email or phone Ms. Ann-Marie Coen.

Phone: 01 700 6190


Elevator Dementia Awards 2015 Videos now available

Listen to the fantastic performance by the Kildare Past Times Choir at the Dementia Elevator Innovation Awards 2015. You can also hear the 2015 award winner and runners up speak about their projects. For videos from the Elevator Dementia Awards, see here

Dementia Elevator, ​Dementia Coping Skills for Families and Carers​

– Free, online resource now available!

This comprehensive programme aims to provide carers with a range of skills which will enable them to support the person with dementia in their care, and to help them live well in their homes for longer. Participants will be taught to recognise the emotions, goals and coping strategies of the person with dementia, while learning about the importance of self-care.

The content of this programme will also be very beneficial to health and social care staff who work regularly with people with dementia.

​The programme content is divided into five chapters:

  1. Focusing on the person with dementia
  2. The importance of self-care
  3. Maintaining relationships between carer and the person with dementia.
  4. Understanding and exploring emotions of a person with dementia
  5. Supporting the person with everyday  activities

The training aims to be interactive and engaging with features including:

  • Interviews with people with dementia, family carers and professionals
  • A range of videos examples demonstrating the skills in everyday situations
  • A personal narrator and use of characters
  • A downloadable personal reflection journal
  • Additional resources with each chapter
  • A resource pack for group delivery

Access the programme here

Survey on Everyday memory – Call for Volunteers​!

This anonymous questionnaire-based research study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the type of ​ ​memory mistakes people make in normal everyday life, how often these mistakes occur, and the possible relationship between memory errors and factors such as age, gender, education level, mood and fatigue

If we know more about how often healthy people forget, the types of things they forget, and the factors that influence forgetting, GPs and other health professionals may be better able to judge the potential seriousness of an individual’s complaints and help people to improve and protect their memory.

If you are aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, a significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please complete this anonymous questionnaire (link below) looking at everyday memory lapses. The questionnaire takes approx 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to take a survey on everyday memory.

Please forward this email to anyone else you know who is aged 50 or above, resident in Ireland, and possibly interested in completing the survey.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact the principal investigator, Sophia Kilcullen at  ​,