What is D.R.E.A.M?

D.R.E.A.M (Dementia Research Education Advocacy in Motion)

Dementia Research Education Advocacy in Motion (D.R.E.A.M.) is a national non- profit / charitable movement run by people with dementia for people with dementia. It is a forum to support each other and together speak with an independent voice to campaign to improve services in Ireland and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia.

 

What does D.R.E.A.M stand for?

 

D= Dementia

The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. There are many types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.  Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. But in the meantime there is a lot of living to do. Our aim is to help people live well with Dementia and to change the face of Dementia in Ireland

R= Research

Our members are participating in local, national and international research projects. Ensuring that the voice of people living with Dementia is heard. The results of such research and findings will help inform our advocacy and education activities in an effort to raise awareness among key stakeholders:

  1. Policy makers in Government Departments- local and national
  2. State agencies
  3. Public, private and voluntary health services agencies
  4. Media
  5. Members of the public, presentations at national and local health conferences.

E= Education

We raise awareness by educating our members:

  1. Providing each member with information on their illness so that they are comfortable and confident that they understand the condition.
  2. Providing education and information so that members of the public have a better understanding of the disease and with the aim of removing the stigma of dementia in the community.
  3. Providing family carers with an insight into dementia and offer practical solutions to real life challenges family carers may face.

A= Advocacy

To take all the findings from the research, stories and experiences of D.R.E.A.M. members with a view to advocate for the issues. Challenge people in positions of authority to give us access to better services, early diagnosis and support structures. Challenge stigma wherever and whenever it occurs

M= Motion

We believe that it is not enough to have lofty goals or ambitions without taking action! Research, Education and Advocacy encourages constant motion towards changing and improving the lives of people in Ireland living with Dementia. Be a part of the Action and Become a Member