Behavioural Changes in MND: What Families Need to Know

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Research Group at Beaumont Hospital and Trinity College is developing an educational programme for families of people with MND.  The purpose is to help those affected by MND to recognize the thinking, behaviour and personality changes that can occur as part of the condition, to identify how best to understand these, to help those affected by these changes to manage problems that might arise, and to take care of their own health and wellbeing.

It is now recognized that up to 30% of people with MND experience changes in thinking and behaviour and some people may also experience a dementia-like syndrome.Research has shown that these changes can increase the burden of care for families. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that this burden may be under-reported by families and under-recognized by healthcare professionals.

Over the coming months, the Trinity /Beaumont research team will host a series of “town meetings” for families of those with MND around the cognitive, behavioural and personality changes that can occur in MND, how to recognize and better manage them. They hope to help families recognize the increased burden associated with thinking and personality changes.

During the meeting the Research Team will give some examples drawn from real life of the types of thinking and behavioural changes that can happen with MND, and will provide information on how to better manage them. The team will provide an opportunity for families to share information about their own experiences and any other comments they may have regarding cognitive and behaviour changes.

The information provided during these sessions will form the basis of a question and answer booklet that will be available online through the Research Motor Neurone and IMNDA websites.

Meeting 1 Dublin

Date: Saturday 16th April

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport

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Meeting 2 Athlone

Date: Saturday 30th April

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Hodson Bay Hotel

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Meeting 3 Cork

Date: Saturday 18th June

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Clayton Hotel Silver Springs

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For further information or to register by phone, call 089 470 8675


Research Motor Neurone (RMN) was founded in 2007,  for the purpose of promoting and facilitating research into the causes and treatments of motor neurone disease (MND), also known as ALS. RMN also strives to increase awareness of this incurable disease at both a national and international level.

Ongoing research is needed to discover the cause, treatment and methods of improving quality of life for MND sufferers and their families.

The generous support from our donors helps us make progress in finding ways to help those who suffer from this debilitating condition. It is through the fundraising endeavours of all our sponsors that essential funds are raised to support RMN and our ongoing vital research. Thank you all for your kindness and continued support.