In April 2021, Dementia Research Network ireland (DRNI) hosted a Policy & Practice Forum regarding the referral of people with dementia to Speech and Language Therapy services.
This position statement has been developed by the IASLT (Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists) Working Group in Dementia, which is made up of Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs
Brain diseases (‘neurodegenerative’ diseases) such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease pose an enormous socioeconomic and individual burden, and this will continue to grow.
In November 2020, a forum was hosted by DRNI and the National Dementia Office to explore the current post-diagnostic landscape and discuss best practice in this area.
In July 2021, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland launched TeamUp for Dementia Research in collaboration with DRNI.