NewsTag: Dementia

10 things to know about dementia

Tuesday 26th September 2017 - Dr Christine Fitzgerald - Irish Independent

Every day in Ireland, an average of 11 people are diagnosed with dementia. In fact, right now there are 55,000 people living with dementia in this country - more than would fill the Aviva Stadium. Yet while many of us know someone with dementia, very few really understand it. A survey l... Read more →

Lifestyle changes could ‘prevent a third’ of dementia cases

Friday 21st July 2017 - Clive Cookson - Irish Times

More than a third of the world’s dementia cases could be prevented by tackling lifestyle factors that increase an individual’s risk of suffering cognitive collapse in later life. These factors range from poor education to hearing loss and smoking, according to an expert commission set u... Read more →

Dementia - carers need more support

Thursday 15th June 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study has provided some insight into the massive toll caring for a spouse with dementia can take. According to the findings, almost half of carers spend all of their waking time looking after their spouse and 15% have given up their jobs to care for their loved one. This marks the largest st... Read more →

Major roads linked to dementia risk

Monday 9th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People who live close to major roads may have a small increased risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Precious research has suggested that air pollution and traffic noise may adversely affect the brain, so Canadian scientists set out to determine if there was any link between living cl... Read more →

New dementia mobile service launched

Thursday 8th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new mobile information service will be travelling to towns and villages nationwide in the coming weeks to provide support and information to people affected by dementia. There are currently around 55,000 people living with this condition in Ireland and this number is expected to increase to over ... Read more →

Smoking doubles risk of dementia

Tuesday 22nd September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, however many people are unaware of this link, two leading health organisations have warned. Around 48,000 people in Ireland are affected by various types of dementia, however this figure is expected to jump to 68,000 ... Read more →

15 ways to stave off dementia

Tuesday 4th August 2015 - Irish Independent - Irish Independent

Evidence suggests that if key risk factors for dementia - such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise and unhealthy lifestyles - were addressed, fewer people would have it. We talk to Professor William O'Connor about ways to stave off this condition 1 Wear a helmet Head injury has been linked to ea... Read more →

Many do not understand palliative care

Monday 20th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Many people have a poor understanding of what palliative care is and who it is for, a new survey has found. Palliative care aims to provide the best quality of life to any person - adult or child - with a non-curable or serious illness, including severe heart disease, dementia and motor neurone dis... Read more →

Dementia risk for underweight middle-aged

Friday 10th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Middle-aged people who are underweight may have an increased risk of going on to develop dementia, a new study has found. UK researchers analysed the medical records of almost two million people, which had been collected over a 20-year period. The average age of those involved was 55, while the ave... Read more →

Jump in calls to dementia helpline

Friday 20th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Calls to a dementia helpline jumped by 20% last year, new figures have shown. The national helpline, which is run by the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, is the only dementia helpline in the country. According to the latest figures, 2014 was its busiest year to date, with a 20% jump in calls and a d... Read more →

Dementia care severely lacking

Thursday 29th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost 90% of nursing homes in Ireland have no dedicated dementia care units, despite the increasing number of people living with this condition, a major new survey has found. According to a new report based on the survey findings, dementia is currently ‘one of the biggest challenges facing g... Read more →

National dementia strategy to focus on community care and stigma

Thursday 18th December 2014 - Mark Hilliard -

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has unveiled a €27.5 million national dementia strategy that will focus on shattering the stigma of the diesase and supporting community care.Dementia affects about 50,000 people in Ireland, with Alzheimer’s the most common form. By 2041, the number affected is expect... Read more →

New dementia resource for Cork

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

A new website, which aims to offer support to people diagnosed with dementia in the north Cork area, has been launched.An estimated 42,000 people in Ireland are currently affected by dementia, around 26,000 of whom live in the community. In the north Cork area, it is estimated that almost 1,000 peop... Read more →

Poor sleep in old age linked to dementia

Thursday 11th December 2014 - John von Radowitz -

Study participants who spent the least amount of time in deep "slow wave" sleep were significantly more likely to lose brain cells than those who slept the most deeply.The research also showed that lack of oxygen caused by the snoring condition sleep apnoea increased the risk of tiny areas of damage... Read more →

New app aims to help people caring for relatives with dementia

Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Independent - Independent

A free app has been launched to help the 50,000 family carers looking after people with dementia. The app from Home Instead Senior Care, is a pocket guide to dementia care. It provides access to quick, helpful tips from experts and other caregivers. Features include: 25 topic categories regardin... Read more →

Believe it or not, cynics three times more likely to develop dementia

Thursday 29th May 2014 - Sarah Knapton - Independent

Cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity, a study has shown. Believing that others are motivated by selfishness or that they lie to get what they want appears to radically increase the risk of cognitive decline in later life. Cynicism has previou... Read more →