Who we are

Dream Research Education Advocacy in Motion (D.R.E.A.M.) is a national movement by people with dementia for people with dementia, providing support and empowerment for each other and speaking with an independent voice.  The members of D.R.E.A.M educate and improve services for people with dementia as well as improve attitudes towards people with dementia.

 

Background: Why the need for the D.R.E.A.M.? 

People with dementia do not have an outlet to meet together resulting in segregation and isolation.  This can result in their views and preferences not being taken on board or listened to.  In Ireland it is very unusual to have both professionals and people with dementia at the same conference, conventions etc.  Support and services have traditionally been managed by professionals and dementia type agencies, with the focus towards families and carers which leads to the exclusion of the person with dementia.

Groups similar to D.R.E.A.M. have been established internationally and research has shown that members in these groups have benefited from finding out more about their illness and diagnosis, sharing experiences and emotional support and learn how they can still live well with Dementia. We aim to provide the same support to people with dementia in Ireland.

 

Our Main Aim: 

The main aim of Dementia Research Education Advocacy in Motion is to give people with dementia a forum in which to support each other and together speak with an independent voice to campaign to improve services, in Ireland, for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia. We aim to progress the work of D.R.E.A.M. through research, education and advocacy while have some fun along the way.

We hope to inspire other People with dementia, Health professionals and members of the public on how we live well with dementia.

We facilitate twice monthly group meetings of people with dementia.  This enables those who attend to share their experiences, support each other and discuss their views in improving the services for people, with dementia. “We also arrange activity meetings in the local community. The group meetings,which are held twice monthly are facilitated by members of DREAM and are supported by relevant health professionals”

 

Priorities of the DREAM are to: 

  1. Facilitate Peer to Peer support, provide opportunities to Empower,Encourage and Engage one another to live to the best of our abilities with dementia.
  2. To assist researchers by lending our voice, the voice of a person with dementia to important national and international dementia research projects 
  3. To promote dementia friendly communities
  4. To educate our local communities and medical health professionals on how to empower us to live to the best of our abilities
  5. To advocate for early diagnosis, better access to services and a well trained workforce
  6. To challenge the stigma of dementia in all it’s formats

Groups of people with dementia have been established for some time in U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Scotland and Great Britain. These groups have had a major impact on the lives of the people with dementia themselves, health care providers and policy makers. 

It is timely therefore that people with dementia in Ireland should have a similar opportunity to organize themselves with a view to improving the quality of their lives, improve services, raise awareness of and remove the stigma of dementia in the community.