FreeDem Films aim to increase public and professional awareness around the important issues of memory loss and brain health while at the same time tackle the stigma and fear that can accompany a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in later life.
Each film addresses a question relating to brain health or dementia that older people identified as important. While designed and scripted to be entertaining and engaging, each film is informed by and grounded in science and clinical evidence.
FreeDem Films were developed by Professor Sabina Brennan in Trinity College, Dublin with financial support from the HSE and GENIO.
Can your memory go completely?
Learn about different types of memory and take comfort in knowing that it is simply not possible to lose your memory completely. Watch the video
How does memory work?
Find out how memories are made and what you can do to help your memory? Watch the video
When should I be concerned about my memory?
Knowing when a memory problem warrants a visit to the doctor can be tricky. This film may help you to decide whether it might be worth chatting to your doctor. Watch the video
I have trouble remembering things - am I getting dementia?
It’s important to know when to see your doctor about memory concerns but it’s equally important to know that forgetting someone's name doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting dementia. Watch the video
Why is attention important?
You may be surprised to learn that some of your memory lapses are really failures of attention. Focusing your attention on what you are doing, when you are doing it, can help to reduce the number of absent-minded moments in your life. Watch the video
I have Alzheimer’s Disease - what can I do to help myself and improve my day-to-day life?
While an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can feel like a bad place to be, there are reasons to be hopeful as well as things that you can do to improve the quality of your life. Watch the video
What can you do to keep your brain healthy?
Find out how keeping active is important for brain health. Watch the video
How can we include people with dementia in our community?
If you have been diagnosed with dementia you need a community that is inclusive, understanding and friendly. Watch the video
What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia?
If you have been confused by these terms in the past, or mistakenly thought that they were the same thing, you might want to watch this film. Watch the video
I’m a doctor - is there a good way to check out a memory complaint?
A five-step brain health check for doctors. Watch the video