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 at 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.

Shortlist announced for the Innovation in Dementia Award 2016

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

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

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


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 ​,