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Full Programme of Events Nationwide for National Brain Awareness Week 2016

Bloomfield Health Services supports Brain Awareness Week which is an annual initiative to raise awareness of neurological conditions throughout Ireland. 

This year it runs from the 7th to the 11th of March 2016.

You can view the full calendar of events nationwide and see whats happening in your local area at http://www.nai.ie/go/brain_awareness_week/events.Follow the week on Twitter #brainweek


Carers Week - June 2014

Both Bloomfield Hospital and New Lodge Nursing Home supported Carers week which was from the 8th to 15th of June. In addition to a number of talks and workshops with carers the highlight was the Vintage Cafe held on Tuesday 10th of June. Well done to all who participated in the events and made it a memorable week.

Green Ribbon Campaign - May 2014

Bloomfield Hospital was proud to support and run activities during May 2014 in support of the Green Ribbon campaign.

SEE CHANGE - MARCH 2014

We are pleased to announce that we are now partnering with See Change - the national stigma reduction campaign, to reduce stigma associated with Mental Health.

BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK - 10TH TO 16TH OF MARCH 2014

To mark Brain Awareness Week Bloomfield Hospital hosted the talk

Memory in Ageing - What's normal - What's not?

The talk was given by Dr Andrea Higgins - Senior Neuropsychologist - Bloomfield Hospital and took place on Tuesday 11th of March 2014.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION TALKS - MARCH 2014

In March 2014 we commenced our popular Community Information Talks reaching out to our community both local and wider afield. We provide information on all aspects of Mental Health and aim to reduce the associated stigma.

SHORT VIDEOS ON BRAIN HEALTH & DEMENTIA (NEIL) - FEBRUARY 2014

To view animated videos addressing common concerns about memory loss and dementia have been developed by NEIL researchers at TCD in a bid to allay fears about memory loss, promote brain health and tackle the stigma associated with dementia see below.

To view short videos on Dementia produced by NEIL click here

PUBLIC INFORMATION EVENINGS - NOVEMBER 2013

Our second series of Public Information Talks were held during November 2013. The series, Transitioning through Life held a number of talks which included the following topics

Topic: Bereavement Speaker: Dr Andrea Higgins, Senior Neuropsychologist, Bloomfield Hospital

Topic: Social Impact of Dementia on Care givers/Family members Speaker: Aine Ennis, Senior Social Worker, Bloomfield Hospital

Topic: Caring for your Mental Health in the later stages of Life Speaker: Dr John Tobin, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bloomfield Hospital

All talks were FREE and were open to the public

ALZHEIMER CAFÉ FOR SOUTH COUNTY DUBLIN - FIRST ANNIVERSARY - OCTOBER 2013

The Alzheimer Café for South County Dublin recently celebrated its first anniversary with a Tea Dance and was marked by a talk from Pat Kenny presenter of The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk 106 to 108FM.

The café was established in 2012 by a partnership of Bloomfield Hospital, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, HSE, Trinity College Dublin and Age Action with their aim being to support people with dementia in the South Dublin locality through the development of a café based at Bloomfield Hospital Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

The cafe meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Bloomfield Hospital. Alzheimer Cafés are safe and relaxed evenings where people with dementia, their families, friends and health and social care professionals can come together to talk, share information and support one another.

The format of the evening is usually a talk followed by time to discuss any questions individuals may have over a cup of tea. Alzheimer Café evenings are free and anyone affected by dementia is welcome to attend.

CARER WORKSHOPS - LAUNCHED SEPTEMBER 2013

Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience; however it can also be stressful at times. In order to maintain our caring role, it is important that we ourselves are cared for, including caring for ourselves.

Bloomfield Hospital provides quarterly Carer Day’s which are one-day, group workshops aimed at helping carers to better understand their own needs in the caring role and how we can learn to look after ourselves with the changing demands of this role. Check our upcoming events section for further information.

GATHERING MEMORIES EXHIBITION - SEPTEMBER 2013

The Gathering Memories Exhibition was displayed during September 2013 in Nutgrove Shopping Centre. The pieces for this exhibition were created during a fortnight of creative writing and art workshops in August 2013.The exhibition is a collaboration between Bloomfield Hospital and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland Social Club which meets here in Bloomfield weekly. All patients, residents and members who

articipated and consented to their work being displayed were included in the exhibition.The concept of the exhibition is to explore the meaning of home for people. Patients, residents and members shared their experiences and created works based on the sense of home and what it means irrespective of diagnosis, getting older or a change in place of residence.

Click here to view our Gathering Memories Video

Click here to view photos from the Gathering Memories Exhibition

CENTRE FOR RECOVERY & HEALTH - LAUNCHED AUGUST 2013

The Centre for Recovery & Health was launched in August 2013 and have a range of day programmes available for persons who require short term support. All of our programmes are lead by a Consultant Psychiatrist and have a multidisciplinary input which includes Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Neuropsychology and Social Work.The focus of the programmes is to support the individual with the skills and resources for Recovery and to continue an active and fulfilled life at home, within the community and in the workplace. The duration of the programmes ranges from two or three days per week depending on the programme and takes place over six weeks. Referrals are made by a Medical Doctor/G.P.

Click here for further information on the Centre for Recovery & Health (Day Programmes)

MEMORY CLINIC - LAUNCHED APRIL 2013

The Memory Clinic at Bloomfield Hospital was launched in April 2013 and is a specialist service designed to provide assessment, diagnosis, support and follow up treatment for an individual experiencing memory loss. Each assessment is conducted in a multidisciplinary team approach lead by a Consultant Psychiatrist. Additional members of the Team include a Neuropsychologist, Clinical Nurse Manager, Occupational Therapist and Social Worker.Referrals are made by a Medical Doctor/G.P.

Information and support is also available for the individual’s family/ caregiver.

Click here for further information on The Memory Clinic

BLOOMFIELD BOOK - LAUNCHED DECEMBER 2012

To mark 200 years since the commencement of Bloomfield's provision of a mental health service a book was launched by Professor Michael Gill, Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Discipline at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

The book recalls the many events and the significant progress that Bloomfield has made upto the present day.