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 …

Can dementia be prevented?‘35% of cases could be prevented if we could eliminate the risks’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Can dementia be prevented? The short answer is yes, according to Neuroscientist and Clinical Psychologist, Ian Robertson.  He says that 35% of cases could be prevented if we eliminate the risks.  The long answer is there are three stages of life to consider and different things to do at each stage.  In early life, our level of education is the biggest …

Dementia‘1 in 3 cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout their lives.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Eamonn Donnelly spoke to Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday (July 19th) about a walk he’s taking.  A long walk.  Eamonn is travelling on foot from Austria to Ireland – that’s a whopping great 2,300 km.  He’s not just doing it for the good of his health.  He’s doing it for the good of his mum’s health or, at the very least, …

Lorraine Barry‘Dancing is fantastic for dementia’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The 2014 documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, followed the country-music legend as he embarked on a farewell tour while struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease took hold, Glen struggled to remember his wife’s name, but he could still take to the stage and play his classic hit, Rhinestone Cowboy, without missing a beat. It was illustrative of the …