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MPierce 14Mar2023

Your are invited to join us at a Seminar - Policy Perspectives on the Future of Dementia Care in Ireland.  The seminar will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the Old Physics Theatre, UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.  Please see flyer attached.  


In 2012, the World Health Organization and Alzheimer Disease International jointly published the report Dementia: A Public Health Priority, which sought to promote dementia as a public health and social care priority and facilitate governments, policymakers, and other stakeholders to address the issue of dementia. A key message was that sustained action and coordination is required across multiple levels with all stakeholders – at international, national, regional, and local levels. In Ireland in the same year, Creating Excellence in Dementia Care: A Research Review for Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy was published. It provided the government with a baseline of research and policy analysis and had a major influence on the development of the Irish National Dementia Strategy, published in 2014. The Strategy led to an improvement in services and supports for people with dementia, as well as progress on understanding dementia and combatting stigma. However, the experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a profound impact on people with dementia, revealed and, in some cases, amplified fundamental weaknesses in dementia care, especially in regard to choice, autonomy, and rights across the continuum of care. Further public investment in dementia care is key to improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people with dementia and their family carers. This seminar will reflect on recent developments in dementia care, bringing together international, national, and local perspectives, with a view to informing future dementia policy in Ireland. 

The Guest speaker isDr Clarissa Giebel, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool, UK.

The seminar is being organised by Dr Maria Pierce, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin, and Professor Eamon O'Shea, Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia (CESRD), University of Galway.

The event is being co-hosted by the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin (https://www.ucd.ie/socialpolicyworkjustice/) and the CESRD, University of Galway ((opens in a new window)https://cesrd.ie/).

All welcome. The seminar is free to attend. Please register in advance at Evenbrite (opens in a new window)here or by emailing (opens in a new window)maria.pierce@ucd.ie.  Places are limited, and booking in advance is advised to secure a place.

Contact the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

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