Actifcare study seeks Irish participants

A major new European study on dementia is looking for Irish participants.

Actifcare (ACcess to Timely Formal Care) is a European research project, which aims to analyse the pathways to care for people with dementia and their families, in an attempt to better understand healthcare inequalities.

The Irish leg of the study is being carried out by Dr Kate Irving and her team at Dublin City University (DCU). They would like to speak to people living at home with dementia, as well as their families.

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Dementia training for customer care staff in Blanchardstown Centre

Elevator was delighted to work with some of the Blanchardstown Centre Customer Care team in delivering the dementia retail training programme to front line staff. This free programme provides skills and awareness to front line retail staff so they can support their customers who may have dementia.  To access  the online retail programme go to (registration just takes a minute) or to find out more please contact


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Some of the Blanchardstown Centre staff receiving their dementia training certificates of completion with Ann-Marie Coen, Development Officer, Dementia Elevator (2nd from R)



Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) launch Universal Guidelines for Dementia Friendly Dwellings

It is the authors aim that these guidelines will support the Universal Design Homes for Ireland Guidelines and will inform national policy and be used in practice by all stakeholders including those who commission, design, build, provide and occupy dwellings.

If new dwellings or alterations to existing dwellings are built in line with a Universal Design dementia friendly approach, it will help people to remain living at home and in their community independently and safely for as long as possible.

​ The document is available here. ​



Elevator Innovation in Dementia Award 2015

Elevator Innovation in Dementia Award 2015

The Elevator team are pleased to invite applications for the second 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, 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.

Dementia Champions Change Project Special Award

We are also extending a special invitation to Dublin City University, Dementia Champions students who have completed a dementia care change project. The change project must be currently in operation or about to get underway. These applications will automatically qualify for the Dementia Champions award category as well as being considered for the main Elevator Innovation Award. The winner of the Dementia Champions change project award will be announced at the ceremony.


Above: the 2014 Innovation in Dementia Award winners

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday the 2nd of October 2015.

For more information click here:  Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia 2015 – Information Document.

For our Innovation Award poster click here: Elevator Innovation Award Poster

The application form can be downloaded here: ElevatorAwardApplicationForm1.docx 2015.

Dr Kate Irving dispells the four myths of Dementia

Listen to Elevator Project lead, Dr Kate Irving dispell the four myths of dementia in her compelling TED x talk in Dublin City University

Applications now open for Dementia Champions programme

Do you want to play a role in improving the lives of people with dementia? Why not apply for the  Dementia Champions  programme? Applications now open for the October 2015 intake!  Closing date is 14th August 2015. More information here

Retail Training

Dementia Elevator’s free, online training for Retail staff is now available! This programme will equip customer facing retail staff with skills to engage with and support customers who may have dementia.

Click here for more information and to register.

Sonas apc 7th International Dementia Conference, Dementia in Ireland: Time for Action

Sonas apc 7th International Dementia Conference, Dementia in Ireland: Time for Action.  Dementia Elevator will be exhibiting at the 7th International Sonas apc Conference on 11th/12th of May 2015.

For more info click here

​New Directions, New Dimensions in Dementia

The 5th National Memory Clinic Conference takes place on the 27th March 2015 in the ​Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. To book a place and find out more go to

An Irish National Survey of Dementia in Long term Residential Care

The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre launch a new report on dementia and long term care:  An Irish National Survey of Dementia in Long term Residential Care.  View the report here.