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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Perspectives

Time for the promised Moonshot to get off the launchpad   By Mark Ivory, Editor of the Journal of Dementia Care  Two contrasting medicinal tales can be told about 2021, one of success and one of failure.  Covid-19 vaccines have been a great success by any yardstick, but the story of the search for a dementia treatment has been less happy as the latest twist...

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Palliative care: time for a change of focus

Professor Nathan Davies, University College London  As people live longer, more are being diagnosed with dementia, leading to what is referred to by Paola Barbarino in this issue of JDC as a “tsunami of demand”. We know that it is now the leading cause of death in the UK and that palliative care needs are expected to increase 25% by 2040, with the biggest increase expected among those living with dementia.   More often than not, the condition...

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Musical Connections

Editorial Comment Author/s: Steward Wood For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe....

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Celebrating Lives

Editorial Comment Author/s: Pam Schweitzer For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe....

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Extending Empathy

Editorial Comment Author/s: Graham Stokes For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe....

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