About Memory loss

Everyone can be forgetful, struggle to put a name to a face or remember where the car is parked. Mild changes in memory naturally occur due to age.

However, there are some changes that are not minor and are not an ordinary part of aging. There are a number of possible reasons for changes in memory and there may be a straightforward explanation for what you are experiencing.

Possible reasons for forgetfulness and confusion include:

  • Anxiety and stress, particularly following a bereavement
  • Depression
  • An infection such as a chest or bladder infection
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Side effects of some medications
  • Long term overuse of alcohol
  • Conditions such as mild cognitive impairment or a stroke
  • Dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease.


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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.

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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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