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Brain Health

What's the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia?

This video explains it all.

(Youtube/ NEIL Programme at Trinity College Dublin)

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia is much the same as the difference between shortness of breath and asthma.

That’s the message from the above video, one of ten produced by researchers at Trinity College Dublin, who are attempting to allay fears about memory loss, promote brain health and tackle the stigma associated with dementia.

Trinity’s Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives Programme at Trinity’s Institute of Neuroscience says that there are 41,740 Irish people living with dementia in Ireland and estimated that there will be over 140,000 by 2041.

They say that there is a stigma attached to the disease leads people to believe that nothing can be done to treat either condition.

Speaking about the project, Dr Sabina Brennan, Assistant Director of the programme said that the stigmas which surround brain disease can have harmful effects.

“People with dementia are stigmatised and this stigma leads to discrimination, depression, social isolation, delayed health-seeking behaviour and other
negative outcomes.

“We hope that this series of short films will encourage people to be proactive and take responsibility for their brain health, make important lifestyle changes that reduce risk factors.”

The researchers advise people to keep their brains active learning, challenging themselves and becoming involved in new hobbies.

To see more of the videos, click here.

Read: Dementia sufferers ‘inadequately assessed’ in Irish hospitals

Column: ‘The plans we made together are gone now, Alzheimer’s is a most horrifying illness’

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