New year brings change

By Sue Benson Welcome to this first issue of 2024, a year in which we hope the journal and our Dementia Community will grow and thrive. The energy and warmth we felt at last year’s UK Dementia Congress gives us hope that we can work together to improve services and the experience of all involved...

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How lived experience shows us the way

It was our 17th UK Dementia Congress (UKDC) early in November and sadly for me my last. There has always been a special atmosphere at UKDC, quite unlike that of other conferences I’ve attended, and this year I found myself wondering what accounted for it. I’m stepping down from the editorship of this journal after...

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Still waiting for change

By Mark Ivory, Editor, Journal of Dementia Care As we went to press we were still expecting the interim report on the Major Conditions Strategy, originally slated for early summer, that health secretary Steve Barclay heralded to most people’s surprise at the start of the year. It will contain the government’s new strategy for dementia...

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Looking back, and forward

By Dr Richard Hawkins, Editor-in-Chief, JDC 30 years. It is 30 years since the Journal of Dementia Care (JDC) was launched. 30 years can seem a long time – or a short time – depending on one’s perspective. If you had said to us at launch that Sue Benson and I would still be involved so far...

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A Combined Major Conditions Strategy – right and wrong

Jolley D (2023) A combined Major Conditions Strategy – right and wrong. Journal of Dementia Care 31(2) 13 Instead of its promised 10-year plan for dementia alone, the government now intends to publish a Major Conditions Strategy in which dementia is just one of six conditions covered. David Jolley considers this new approach, proposing that...

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The Major Conditions Strategy

To use the media’s favourite term, there was a dementia “U-turn” by The Department for Health and Social Care at the start of the year. Last May we were promised a 10-year plan to tackle dementia in England by the then health secretary Sajid Javid, but in January a new health secretary stood up in...

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JDC Asks March/April 2023

How far should we go as a society to reduce dementia risk?  For example, should we reform contact sports like football and rugby, associated with higher dementia risk for professional sportspeople? Or should we beware the nanny state? Jill Manthorpe, director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health & Social Care Workforce  Over the past...

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Dementia care research reconsidered

A plethora of dementia research has been conducted over the last two decades, but few studies have led to improvements in the lives of people living with a dementia. While Tom Kitwood’s pioneering work on personhood has influenced the dominant person-centred care model in dementia care, the experiences of those living with a dementia in...

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Building on hope

By Mark Ivory, JDC Editor New horizons in dementia: Building on hope was the title of Alzheimer Disease International’s (ADI) Global Conference in London and, in the June sunshine, it was refreshing to see the levels of enthusiasm and engagement from an audience of 1200 delegates from 120 countries.  But in large parts of the...

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Perspectives

A major analysis just completed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) finds that 14.9 million deaths were directly or indirectly caused by Covid-19 up to the end of 2021.  WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commented: “These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all...

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