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Helen Rochford Brennan (Chairperson of the European Working Group of People with Dementia)


Helen Rochford Brennan is from Tubbercurry in County Sligo, Ireland. She spent many years working in the tourism and disability sectors and has also devoted tireless years to community activism, working at board level in several organisations. In July 2012, at the age of 62, Helen was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. A life-long Rights and Social Justice Campaigner, she now advocates for the rights of people with dementia and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the National University of Ireland Galway.

She is a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group (IDWG), which is resourced by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and has used her time with the IDWG to raise awareness of dementia and raise the profile of human rights for people with dementia. She is also on the Monitoring Committee of Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy and is a Global Dementia Ambassador.

Helen joined the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) in October 2014 and served as a Vice-Chairperson for two years (2014-2016). On 30 October 2016, she was elected as Chairperson, thus also joining the Board of Alzheimer Europe.

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Last Updated: Monday 28 January 2019