Laura's mother in a Nursing Home“The past 6 months have been hell on earth.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The pandemic has left its mark on so many of us and it continues to affect people in so many different ways. We’ll never get to hear all the stories, but some will reach us and show just how devastating the last six months have been for a lot of people. Some of the worst affected, and possibly least reported on, have been …

Dementia and Covid-19“It’s only a building, but it’s what in it that counts. It’s just been phenomenal. I love it.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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The Coronavirus pandemic has meant a tough time for all sections of Irish society, but one of the hardest-hit has been the nation’s mental health and dementia services. Some support services have, however, come up with ingenious ways to support their users during lockdown and beyond. One of them is a North Dublin mental health service for older people, based at the …

A Younger Brain“We hear a lot about too much stress – too little stress is not good for you.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Sabina Brennan is like a personal trainer for the brain. She’s on a mission to help us maximise our brain health by making adjustments to three areas: attitude, activity and lifestyle, as she told Séan O’Rourke today. She’s put her ideas down in her latest book, 100 Days to a Younger Brain. Dr Brennan says that …

Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour“You don’t know whether she needs to be sectioned or cuddled.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Dementia is a diagnosis met with universal dread. Often alluded to as ‘the long goodbye,’ most of us fear watching a loved one succumb to it as much as developing it ourselves. The nature of dementia means that it can be hard for those living with it to explain what it’s like. To coincide with National Carer’s Week, professional care …

Caring for a loved one with dementia‘He was taken off in the back of a squad car.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Michelle McDonagh’s father Séamus was the “life and soul” of any party. After any of her brother’s training sessions, children would be falling over each other to get a coveted seat (or space in the boot) in Mr McDonagh’s car for the journey home because they knew there would be ice lollies, fizzy drinks and silliness. “He could have 3 or 4 of …

'Everybody wanted so much of him that you had to fight for your piece of him.'Glen Campbell’s daughter Debbie

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Debbie Campbell, daughter of famed American singer-songwriter Glen Campbell, sat down with Ray D’Arcy this afternoon to talk about her late father. From singing her first public duet with her father (“I probably shook the whole time I was on stage”) to realising that he was developing Alzheimer’s, Debbie’s life with her father was not always smooth. She talked about borrowing his jacket …

Dementia examined ‘It turns out the things I thought were important, like having your memories for example, or having exactly the same personality, is not always what counts.’ 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Who do we become when we can’t remember who we are?  If we experience radical changes in our personality, are we still ‘ourselves’?  Consultant neurologist Jules Montague addresses these questions and many more in her new book Lost and Found: Memory, Identity and Who We Become When We’re No Longer Ourselves.  She joined Ryan Tubridy in studio to discuss some …

Dementia‘I was afraid to talk about it and I know a lot of people are’.

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Former Justice Minister Nora Owen has been a guest on the Marian Finucane programme on more than one occasion, debating legal issues and defending political strategy. But her appearance on the show this Saturday was markedly different. This May, Nora and her husband Brian will have been married for 50 years. Nora joined Marian to describe what life (and marriage) has been like since Brian was diagnosed with Dementia. Nora told Marian that she and Brian met at work. “Brian …