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Dementia is a progressive disorder that affects how the brain works and in particular the ability to remember, think and reason. Dementia is predominantly a condition that affects older people, although it can affect younger people too.

Key topics

  • About Dementia

    In Northern Ireland approximately 19,000 people are living with dementia, a number projected to rise to almost 60,000 by 2051.
  • Early-stage dementia

    If you’ve had some problems remembering things that happened recently, or have found yourself getting confused in familiar places, you may be worried these are signs of dementia.
  • How dementia changed John Suchet's life

    For millions, John Suchet was the face of ITV News for more than 30 years, but his own personal story is one of devotion, despair, fury and frustration.
  • Could you be at risk?

    Research to date suggests a combination of factors affect your overall risk of developing it.

Age NI dementia services

  • My Life My Way

    'My life My Way' is a new project providing support to older people with dementia and their carers in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.
  • Responding to music

    Age NI offers a music programme to older people living with dementia who attend day centres or live in residential homes.
  • Meadowbank Residential Home

    Meadowbank Residential Home, owned and managed by Age NI, provides excellent care for older people with Dementia.
  • Domiciliary care

    Age NI's specialist dementia service located in Twin Spires, Belfast which provides care to older people who wish to remain in their own home.
  • Day Centre Care

    Age NI runs a number of day centres for older people with dementia.


  • Information & Support Volunteers

    We need more volunteers who will provide support to older people with dementia and their carers.
  • Volunteer Robert Ferguson

    'My wife, Olive lived with vascular dementia and I cared for her for many years until she passed away in 2013.'
  • Volunteer Des Donnelly

    'When you volunteer, you don't just give back, you get back too in so many ways. It's a truly fulfilling experience.'
  • Volunteer John Nelson

    John was inspired to be a My Life My Way volunteer, having supported his dad for many years to deal with dementia.

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