Grief and Dementia

A 6-minute video on the losses and grief associated with dementia, both for the person with dementia and for his/her families/carers.


FreeDem Films

FreeDem Films, an initiative of the NEIL Programme at the Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College, Dublin with support from GENIO, have developed a series of 10 creative films which aims to tackle the stigma and fear associated with the diagnosis of dementia in Ireland. The ten films are short animations covering different aspects of memory, understanding and living with dementia:


  • Can your memory go completely?

Learn about different types of memory and take comfort in knowing that it is simply not possible to lose your memory completely.

  • How does memory work?

Find out how memories are made and what you can do to help your memory.

  • When should I be concerned about my memory?

Knowing when a memory problem warrants a visit to the doctor can be tricky. This film may help you to decide whether it might be worth chatting to your doctor.

  • I have trouble remembering things – am I getting dementia?

It’s important to know when to see your doctor about memory concerns but it’s equally important to know that forgetting someone’s name doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting dementia.

  • Why is attention important?

You may be surprised to learn that some of your memory lapses are really failures of attention. Focusing your attention on what you are doing, when you are doing it, can help to reduce the number of absent-minded moments in your life.

  • I have Alzheimer’s Disease – what can I do to help myself and improve my day-to-day life?

While an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can feel like a bad place to be, there are reasons to be hopeful as well as things that you can do to improve the quality of your life.

  • What can you do to keep your brain healthy?

Find out how keeping active is important for brain health.

  • How can we include people with dementia in our community?

If you have been diagnosed with dementia you need a community that is inclusive, understanding and friendly.

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

If you have been confused by these terms in the past, or mistakenly thought that they were the same thing, you might want to watch this film.

  • I’m a doctor – is there a good way to check out a memory complaint?

A five-step brain health check for doctors.

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