About us

    Who we are

    Sonas apc is a registered charity which tackles dementia head-on, delivering Ireland’s biggest annual international dementia conference and educating staff in more than 400 nursing homes and hospitals nationwide.

    We are centrally involved in new community-based initiatives, including Alzheimer Cafés in Ireland,the Living Well with Dementia Project Stillorgan-Blackrock, and a Dementia-friendly Garden Project.

    Organisations with which we collaborate include the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University,the HSE, HIQA,the Dementia Services and Information Development Centre DSIDC) and other key Irish and international stakeholders.

    Our mission

    To provide people with dementia and their care partners with evidence-informed supports to enable them to live full and meaningful lives.

    Our vision

    People with dementia and their support partners are valued members of society and are supported effectively through their individual dementia journeys.

    Mary Threadgold
    Sr Mary Threadgold, Founder of Sonas apc

    She had seen the value of music and touch when working with young people with intellectual disabilities and wanted to design a therapeutic activity for older people who had communication impairment that built on that knowledge. The resultant Sonas programme incorporated multi-sensory stimulation within a structured session that involves cognitive, social and emotional stimulation.