It is estimated that there are more than 60,000 people living on the island of Ireland with dementia. This is set to rise because people are living much longer and has been identified by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. A diagnosis of dementia can often include feelings of fear and isolation.
IPH work in dementia includes:
- ‘Therapeutic lying and approaches to dementia care in Ireland: North and South’ a research report published in December 2016 focussing on understanding what the best approach to take is when a person with dementia is confused or says something that is false.
- ‘Brain heath and dementia prevention in Ireland – a discussion paper’ published in July 2015 presenting a rapid review of evidence ion the primary prevention of dementia and presents estimates for the number of dementia cases that could potentially be preventable through modifying risk factors in Ireland.
- A web resource www.dementiaresearch.ie to support those working in the field of dementia providing a summary and overview of data, research and policy on dementia across the island of Ireland bewtween 2010 and 2014).
For more information on dementia and how to access support
Republic of Ireland: www.understandtogether.ie
Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/dementia