Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 – Shortlist

Check out the diverse range of innovative projects that have made the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2015 Shortlist! Dementia Elevator Innovation Award Shortlist 2015

Why not join us at the award ceremony on the 2nd of December 2015 in the Helix, DCU? This event will be a great networking opportunity for those interested in/working in, dementia care. We are delighted to have last year’s winners ‘Kildare Past times Choir’ perform and there will be a poster exhibition of project applicants.

RSVP here by 29th of November 2015.

For more information on the Elevator Award click here.

Dementia Elevator First Newsletter

Checkout Dementia Elevator’s first newsletter which outlines project updates and training developments!  Read it here.


S​urvey​ on Everyday Memory – Volunteers Needed!

Many people complain about their memory, especially as they get older. There are many possible reasons for forgetting, and memory mistakes do not automatically mean a memory disorder. 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 will be able to judge how serious reported memory problems might be and how they can help people to improve and protect their memory.

An anonymous questionnaire-based research study in 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 you are aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impacts cognition, a significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment , please take 20 -30 minutes to complete this anonymous questionnaire (link below) looking at everyday memory and memory lapses.

Click here to take a survey on everyday memory

If you would like more information about this study, please contact the principle investigator, Sophia Kilcullen at, or study supervisors, Dr. Kate Irving at and Prof. Teresa Burke at Thank you for your interest.

New DCU Module: Therapeutic Responses to People With Dementia

DCU are offering a new training module: Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia. This module is suitable for those who have completed the DCU Dementia Champions programme. Practitioners are enabled to evaluate different approaches to responding to dementia and to apply psycho-social interventions that promote the well-being of people with dementia and their carers, including: validating people with dementia, building resilience, multi-sensory approaches and dyadic support of family members and people with dementia. Graduates are well placed to support colleagues in integrating these approaches into everyday situations.

Closing Date for applications is the 21st of August 2015. See below for more information and an application form.

Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia Flyer (1)

NS4028 Summary Therapeutic Responses to People with Dementia – course information

Application Form NS4028

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. ​


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

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

Genio launch new website for disability, mental health and dementia resources

Genio has launched a new site called The This is a dedicated resource website provided by Genio which brings together publications, multimedia and events for anyone with an interest in disability, mental health or dementia.

The website contains relevant publications including books, papers and reports, legislation and policy, or news and magazines. You can browse a range of useful multimedia including websites, slides, podcasts and videos. On the website, you can also find out about events taking place which may be of interest.

Genio has developed The Information Hub in response to an identified need for a convenient way of finding and sharing useful resources which has emerged across the three areas we currently work in. While information on Genio developments will always be shared on the Genio website, Genio is providing The Information Hub as a standalone online service which is dedicated solely to displaying a directory of resources in a way which is easy for people to understand and navigate.

Job Vacancy: Nurse Specialist in Dementia Care

Nurse Specialist in Dementia Care, Clinical Nurse Manager 2

3 year fixed term contract in Connolly Hospital.

The Nurse Specialist in Dementia Care will provide nursing expertise, education and management service to patients with dementia, their carers and nursing staff, in the promotion of a patient centred approach to patients and their families.

The Nurse Specialist will have a key role in developing dementia care within the context of an evolving service and will work as part of multi-disciplinary team delivering a coordinated approach to patient with dementia care. This person will be responsible for managing both inpatient and outpatient case-load to ensure safe provision of care at all levels.

Clinical Focus-Direct and Indirect Care responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and implement Patients with Dementia Project activities:  Integration, Communication, Education and Environment
  • Integration: drive the implementation of project aims, be a primary point of clinical contact Dementia Outreach-Inreach Team (DO-IT)
  • Communication: introduce ‘Dementia Care Bundle (DCB)

The successful candidate must be registered in the Relevant Division of the Registrar of Nurses kept by An Bord Altranais or be entitled to be so registered.

For informal enquiries please contact: Ms. Grace Carew, Assistant Director of Nursing, 01 8213844

Applicants may be shortlisted for interview based on information supplied in the application form at the closing date or in other specified assessment documentation
Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the job description post specific requirements, duties, skills, competencies and/ or knowledge section of this job specification and the information supplied in the competency based application form if used.

Closing date for applications

5.30pm Friday 3rd October

To apply

For full details or to apply, please click here.