People with dementia have the same civil and legal rights as everyone else.

Dementia is a disability under Irish equality laws and under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

This means that  people with dementia are protected by Irish Equality Law from some kinds of discrimination, in employment and in buying goods and using everyday services.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland have published a booklet called 'I Have Dementia, I Have Rights which explains:

  • what equality laws say;
  • how equality laws can help you;
  • your rights when buying goods or accessing services;
  • your rights in employment;
  • your rights to make decisions;
  • how to make a complaint.

For further information on equal status rights

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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.

Featured Events

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.


We have many items available for sale through our shop. Buy these items will help raise much needed funds for The Society to continue providing vital service all around the country.


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