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Who We Are

Dementia NI was set up by five people living with a diagnosis of dementia.

The organisation was founded on 15 January 2015 to provide a voice for people who are living with a diagnosis of dementia and to reach out to others who have dementia.

Today Dementia NI is a membership organisation led by people with dementia who are developing empowerment groups across Northern Ireland, with support from staff and volunteers.

What we do

Members attend empowerment meetings as well as travel in their local area to give talks at events. Some members are unable to attend regular meetings but will continue our work by contributing at external meetings and groups, giving talks and sharing their experiences.

Anyone with a diagnosis of dementia can become a member of Dementia NI.

Our aims

  • Challenge the stigma of having a diagnosis by raising awareness about dementia
  • Promote the rights of people living with dementia to influence policy, practice and service delivery across Northern Ireland
  • Provide training, education and awareness to organisations and the public on how to live well with dementia
  • Support people living with dementia to lobby and raise awareness of dementia in their own right.

Understanding dementia

Dementia is an overall term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with the deterioration of functions including memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities.

Symptoms differ from person to person but can affect orientation, perception, understanding, memory, decision making, ability to learn, communication and judgement.

There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Dementia can happen to anybody but is more common after the age of 65.