Leadership in dementia care: what does it take?

Buz Loveday has developed professional development courses for leaders in dementia care. Here she shares some of the learning from these courses, and argues that leadership skills are crucial for nurturing a staff team  and capitalising on staff training. Author/s: Buz Loveday For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Managing vulnerability: caring, dependency and systems of care.

In this edited extract from his new book, Tim Dartington reflects on the experience of caring for his wife Anna with early onset dementia. Author/s: Tim Dartington For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

The brain and person-centred care 6. The dynamics of dementia care work.

In this sixth and last article in her series on the brain and dementia care, Elizabeth Milwain describes the physical demands working in a person-centred way makes on the brain, and what this means for care staff and carers.Author/s: Elizabeth Milwain For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The … Read more

A deeper look at emotion in dementia

In the fifth of this series on the brain and dementia care, Elizabeth Milwain looks at the way the brain processes emotional responses and assesses the impact of dementia. Author/s: Elizabeth Milwain For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Life-enhancing dance for elders with dementia

Sarah Whyte describes setting up a seated dance group for older women with dementia, and wrestles with the challenge of trying to evaluate its benefits.Author/s: Sarah Whyte For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Positive psychology: using strengths and experiencing flow

In the second of two articles on the way ‘positive psychology’ can support and illuminate our work with people with dementia, Kate Allan looks at human virtues and strengths, and the experience of flowAuthor/s: Kate Allan For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

Positive emotion, being in the moment

In the first of two articles, Kate Allan introduces the ideas of ‘positive psychology’ and explains how it can help in our work with people with dementiaAuthor/s: Kate Allan For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

See it, hear it, feel it

It’s time for less dissociation, more facing up to the truth, says David Sheard, describing Dementia Care Matters’ approach, Enabling Author/s: David Sheard For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Signs of the times

Jayne Pickard reports on a range of signage developed for people with dementiaAuthor/s: Jayne Pickard For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Talk but no walk: barriers to person-centred care

Why is it so hard to ’walk the walk’ of truly person-centred care even in what seems a very good care environment? Heather Hill concludes that changes are needed beyond the unit itself – in the whole organisation and the wider community too.Author/s: Heather Hill For the full article please see the PDF download linked … Read more