Keeping Active

People with dementia can continue to do lots of things and even take up new hobbies and interests.

While a diagnosis is extremely difficult to come to terms with, it is important to try to focus on the positive. Get out and about and continue to do the things you and your loved one enjoy doing. 

Go out of the house as often as possible...for walks, to church, concerts. Go on the bus, Luas and Dart for spins. Joe, Dublin.

With supports, a person with dementia can continue to do most things in the early stages. As the condition progresses, some activities may no longer be possible, but there are many things you both can do together and separately. 

Dad loves the garden, he can't mow the grass any more but we often water the plants or pot up new ones, he is still teaching me how to look after them! Anonymous

There are strategies you can use to cope with memory loss.  Consider technology to help maintain independence. Read Practical Tips for Daily Living to find out more ( link to I have dementia/practical tips). You may have questions about driving and dementia and safety in the home.

You can find out more by:

  • Contacting the Alzheimer Helpline at 1800 341 341
  • Talking to other carers, join a support group or go online
  • Read our factsheets and resources.

Booklet: Practical Tips for Coping with Memory Loss
Factsheet: Coping with memory loss
Factsheet: Maintaining Skills
Factsheet: Driving and dementia
Factsheet: Safety in the Home

If you would like printed copies of this booklet or factsheets, contact our national Helpline at 1800 341 341 or email We post copies free of charge to family members and friends of people with dementia.

More information

About Alzheimer Ireland

The Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of people who were caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia. Find out what we docontact us and more

About our services

We offer a range of services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, their families and carers. All our services operate using the philosophy of person centred care.

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Fundraising is an extremely important source of revenue for our services and takes place locally across Ireland as well as through national events and campaigns. We aim is to raise €5 million a year.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has, since it was founded, campaigned on behalf of people with dementia and their carers to improve the lives of all those affected by dementia.


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