27 – 28 April 2018
Trinity College Dublin
DNNI, HSE Health and Wellbeing, GBHI, ISSF, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin’s Culture Connects and Creative Ireland
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:
The event invited people to bring their lived and learnt experience to the forum. Conversations focused on:
Through conversations about caring communities, research and cultural solutions, Headspace 2018 informed, engaged, entertained and inspired.
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
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
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.