Our commitment is to create and be part of collaborative events where people, by sharing insights and experience, develop new ways of doing and thinking together.
Bea Kelleher, Co-Founder of Creative Ageing

27 – 28 April 2018

Held in:
Trinity College Dublin

DNNI, HSE Health and Wellbeing, GBHI, ISSF, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin’s Culture Connects and Creative Ireland

HeadSpace 2018

Can we live longer, better?

HeadSpace2018 was a two-day celebration of scientific and creative investigation into brain health and dementia held in Trinity College Dublin in Spring 2018.

While we grow old in different ways, the brain is especially sensitive to external influence and aging. Poverty, housing and education have huge effects on health. As does access to healthcare, isolation, social connectedness and personal security. It’s estimated these social determinants account for 50% of disease and mortality. By 2041, 22% of the population with be 65 or older. Healthcare alone can’t solve the issues an aging population presents.

Planning for and improving the lives of older people needs:

  • Creative thinking and collaborative effort
  • Champions across society and government
  • Many voices and communities contributing to new scientific discoveries, innovations and cultural change

The event invited people to bring their lived and learnt experience to the forum.  Conversations focused on:

  1. How do we change?
  2. What can we do, today?
  3. Where is innovation creating tomorrow’s solutions?

Through conversations about caring communities, research and cultural solutions, Headspace 2018 informed, engaged, entertained and inspired.

Highlights from the two days

Talks included:

Michael O’Reilly of Creative Ireland and Kate O’Flaherty of the HSE talked about how we can build on existing activity and how we can get involved – Click here to see video

Dominic Campbell of GBHI and Creative Aging International and Professor Ian Robertson of Trinity College Dublin and GBHI talked about the social determinants of brain health, how we can understand it better – Click here to see video

Professor Martin Rossor, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research and Director NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre Dementia Theme UK and Professor Brian Lawlor, Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, discussed EU and Irish approaches to brain health outline the history and focus of their work – Click here to see video

Alexandra Coulter,  Director of Arts & Health South West and Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell  discussed innovation and institutional change – Click here to see video

Creative programme

Headspace 2018 included contributions from:

Artist Sean Millar and Bluebell Youth and Community Centre show work-in-progress as part of Dublin’s Culture Connect’s The National Neighbourhood, a Dublin City Council initiative – Click here to see video

Tonnta Vocal Ensemble and Hollybrook Lodge premiere a new work by musician Robbie Blake, created with Hollybrook Lodge residents as part of Dublin Culture Connect’s The National Neighbourhood, a Dublin City Council initiative – Click here to see video


Emer Begley
National Dementia Office
Iseult Byrne
Dublin's Culture Connects
Dominic Campbell
Creative Aging International
Tim Carpenter
Alexandra Coulter
Arts & Health South West
Sebastian Crutch
UCL Institute of Neurology
Kate de Medeiros
Elaine Green
St James Hospital
Niamh Hennelly
NUI Galway
Senator Maura Hopkins
Fine Gael
Professor Kate Irving
Brian Lawlor
Trinity College Dublin
Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh
TCD and Consultant Physician, St James's Hospital
Doctor Austin O’Carroll
Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell
Seanad Eireann
Kate O’Flaherty
Health & Wellbeing Programme, HSE
Veronica O’Keane
Trinity College Dublin
Cora O’Neill
University College Cork
Prof Desmond (Des) O’Neill
Tallaght Hospital
Michael O’Reilly
Creative Ireland
Kevin O’ Shanahan
CNS Cork Mental Health Services/MusicAlive
Professor Ian Robertson
Global Brain Health Institute
Dr. Mary Rogan
Professor Martin Rossor
National Hospital
Kathy Ryan
Irish Dementia Working Group
Roisin Ryder
Fatima Groups United FRC
David Slater
Entelechy Arts
Dominic Trépel
Trinity College Dublin
Zuilmah Wallis
Kick Communications
Leonard White
Dementia Friendly Barber
Ivan Yates

Supported and inspired by:

Dominic Campbell co-founder of Creative Aging International is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) supported by GBHI and the Alzheimer’s Association.