Helen Rochford Brennan with Mary Robinson and chairman of the board of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland John Clifford at the launch of the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish tImes

Driving home from Galway to Sligo one day in 2012, Helen Rochford Brennan could only think about how to tell her family she would soon forget them. A(...)

Mary Robinson at the launch of the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia with Helen Rochford Brennan, chair of the Dementia Group, and John Clifford, chairman of the board of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former president Mary Robinson has said a newly published charter of rights for people with dementia would help society view the condition in a new l(...)

Helen Rochford Brennan, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease three years ago: “We can live well with it. It’s a more simplified world but then at least we are here.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Depending on the moment, Helen Rochford Brennan’s husband calls her the “Helen that was” or the “Helen that is”, she explains, offering a glimpse of (...)