67th IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2019 - Guest Exhibitors

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland advocates, empowers and champions the rights of people living with dementia and their communities to quality support and services. Working across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports, our vision is an Ireland where people on the journey of dementia are valued and supported. A national non-profit organisation we are person centred, rights-based and grassroots led with the voice of the person with dementia and their carer at our core. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland operates the Alzheimer National Helpline offering information and support on 1800 341 341. The ASI also provides a number of others supports and services to people with dementia and their carers across Ireland including Day Care Centres and Respite Care Centre, Home Care, Family Carer Training, Carer Support Groups, Dementia Advisers, Mobile Information Service, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, Alzheimer Cafes and Social Clubs.

ALONE is a national organisation that provides services to older people who need additional support to age at home.  We work with those who have difficulties with loneliness, ill health, poverty, poor housing or homelessness.  We support them through these challenges and link them in with the relevant services they need to live in the community. We have over 600 active volunteers that are trained and supported by professional staff.  All our services are quality approved ensuring we are high value and low cost.  2017 marks 40 years since ALONE was founded.

The Centre for Gerontology & Rehabilitation (established 2010) is part of the School of Medicine in University College Cork. We currently offer two postgraduate programmes which are open to all healthcare disciplines. 

• The Older Person Rehabilitation programme is a flexible, interdisciplinary programme covering key topics in gerontology and rehabilitation. 

• The Dementia programme provides healthcare professionals with the skills to expertly care for a person with dementia from diagnosis to end-of-life. 

Each programme can be studied in different streams: CPD modules, Postgraduate Certificate or Masters.  Each stream is linked so you can begin with a CPD module and use your credits towards the PGCert, or begin with the PGCert and progress to the MSc.  You can also exit at any time with credit for the modules you have taken. For more information, see www.ucc.ie/en/cgr/ 

The Gay Project is an Irish NGO that:
•    Supports gay, bi+, trans and queer men.  
•    Celebrates sexuality and gender diversity.
•    Advocates for LGBTQ+ human rights and policy protections.

From our community centre, based in Cork city, we:
•    Provide information, resources and support - including a helpline, free condom access point and free rapid HIV testing. 
•    Run events and social groups - including GOLD a weekly social group for men over 55, yoga for men and an LGBT book club. 
•    Deliver workshops and talks - these can be tailored for schools, workplaces and public sector bodies.

Contact: 021 4300 430 or padraig@gayproject.ie for more information.

Headway is an Irish registered charity and an internationally accredited brain injury services organisation that supports adults who are affected by brain injury from stroke or head injury. Our mission is to bring positive change in the lives of those affected by an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). As a recognised leader in ABI rehabilitation, Headway provides flexible and person centred services and works to improve awareness of brain injury in Ireland, to shed light on this hidden disability.

Health Promotion & Improvement, Health & Wellbeing Division, HSE South
Health Promotion and Improvement aims to embed preventative health measures and messages in the settings where people are born, live, learn, socialise and work. We seek to address lifestyle behaviours which impact on health such as, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and obesity. Collaboration across the health sector and with key external agencies and organisations to effect improvements in individual, community and population health is a fundamental part of our work.

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland.
Our Aim: To help Ireland die well and grieve well.
Our Mission: To strive for the best care at end of life, for all.
Our Vision for Ireland: No-one will face death or bereavement without the care and support they need.

LINC, an NGO based in Cork aims to improve the quality of life, health and well-being of all women who identify as lesbian or bisexual in Ireland.  The organisation provides a range of support services and is committed to impacting social inclusion policy which enhances the lives of LB women. From its early days the organisation has worked on supporting older members of our community and was involved in 2018,  as a member of the Cork LGBTI  interagency group in organising the first national conference on Being Gay and Grey: Addressing the needs of Older LGBTQ Communities in an ageing Ireland .

The National Dementia Office (NDO) was established in 2015 in accordance with the launch of the National Dementia Strategy (2014). The NDO provides leadership at a system level for the implementation of the strategy. Its role and function is to oversee the implementation, monitoring, and ongoing evaluation of the National Dementia Strategy. The NDO is established under the remit of the National Social Care Division HSE.

The Parkinson's Association of Ireland has been in existence for 30 years and during that time has grown to a position where it supports a range of services through both the national office and a strong network of branches. The over-arching objectives of the association are to:

  • Advocate on behalf of people with Parkinsons (PwP’s)
  • Create awareness about Parkinson’s disease and the impacts on quality of life.

The structure of the association currently is a national office which operates with 4 staff and a branch network made up of 19 branches with each branch led by a committee of volunteers.

The Retirement Planning Council of Ireland clg. was founded in 1974 and is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation.  Based in Dublin, we help individuals transition from the world of work to their next stage of living. We deliver 2 day “Planning for Retirement” courses throughout Ireland, in Dublin, Sligo, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny. The issues of: - Change, Investment, Tax, Legal, Social Welfare, Healthy Living and Time are all addressed. A Programme Leader delivers the course supported by specialist speakers (dietician, solicitor and finance expert). Purpose, mental challenge and social network are necessary to live well in retirement.

Sage Advocacy is a support and advocacy service established in 2014. Sage’s mission statement is to protect, promote and defend the rights and dignity of vulnerable adults, older people & healthcare patients through the development of support and independent advocacy services. Sage Advocacy provides a free service to clients across a variety of settings, independent from families, providers and systems interests. The right to have your voice heard and participate in making decisions which affect you is a fundamental principle in a democratic society.  It is a principle simply stated as ‘Nothing about you / without you’.