About 4,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in Ireland each year and 63 per cent of those affected still live in the community.

There are about 55,000 people in Ireland living with dementia. It has no respect for age and while it’s more normally associated with older people, ea(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett take part in the annual Christmas day swim at the Forty Foot bathing spot in Sandycove Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Thousands of people have taken part in Christmas Day swims with many raising money for charity. Ali Carroll, jumps in for a Christmas swim (...)

Greg O’Shea: “There is a lot of pressure on families to have an extravagant ‘perfect’ Christmas, but that isn’t financially realistic for the majority of people.”

What was your perfect childhood Christmas? Getting woken up really early by my eldest sister, Laura. Then opening Santa presents around the tree. Then(...)

There is growing evidence social activities could protect people from dementia in the long run. Photograph: iStock

Growing old is an inevitable part of life but while some take to their golden years with gusto, others slow down to the point that their social life b(...)

Memories Are Made of This, the dementia awareness show garden at Bloom in the Park

The smell, colour and texture of certain flowers and trees brings back memories for most of us, but they can be particularly evocative for people with(...)

A report, on behalf of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and published this year, highlights how important it is for people with dementia to feel connected to their local community. File photograph: Getty Images

The lack of a national network of services and supports to enable people to live well with dementia in Ireland is well recognised, but there are local(...)

Jacinta Dixon, an advocate for people with dementia, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017 Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Difficulties in accessing home care supports for people living with dementia are a source of “anxiety, frustration and loneliness” for them and they f(...)

The funeral of  Sonny Knowles will take place in Dublin next week. Photograph: Collins

The funeral of the popular entertainer Sonny Knowles, who died this week aged 86, will take place in St Agnes’s Church on Wednesday, November 21st in (...)

Jenny Hughes is the primary carer for her aunt Philomena Hughes, who has stage 4 vascular dementia. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil’s wishes were always clear: she wanted to be cared for in her own home. Back in 2014, when she first started to show signs of dementia, her famil(...)

Rachel McMahon of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Dementia Carers Campaign Network. She first became a carer in 2005, when her father, Tony, a sports broadcaster, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Government has been urged to create a ring-fenced budget in October to tackle the growing gaps in services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and(...)

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