Towards better care for people with dementia at the end of life

Barbara Pointon reflects on the experience of caring for her husband to the end of his life, discussing difficult ethical issues and the importance of spirituality. She argues that a community-based specialist nurse is needed to bring together end-of-life careAuthor/s: Barbara Pointon For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

International conference at Stirling

Reports by Sue BensonAuthor/s: Sue Benson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

The power of yoga: Margaret’s story

Megan Ward describes the powerful impact of a yoga programme for people with dementiaAuthor/s: Megan Ward For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Conversations that matter: listening to Millie

Julia Pitkin describes how she built up a relationship through conversations with Millie, a woman with dementia in a care home, and discussion with her family. She then worked with staff to make constructive changes in Millie’s care plan, which resulted in improved quality of life for allAuthor/s: Julia Pitkin For the full article please … Read more

Kindling a response

Jim Ellis offers a personal approach to communicationAuthor/s: Jim Ellis For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

‘We don’t have any gay people here’

Sally Knocker introduces an Age Concern resource pack aimed at preventing gay people from becoming ‘invisible’ in care settingsAuthor/s: Sally Knocker For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Gay and lesbian issues: learning on the (research) job

The needs of gay and lesbian people are gradually being recognised within dementia care, but the journey to understanding has been slow. Carole Archibald describes her own learning over time in this areaAuthor/s: Carole Archibald For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if … Read more

Making contact with those close to death

In the second of three articles on the Good Sunset Project, John Killick and Kate Allan describe the Getting Through Initiative, which aimed to reach individuals with advanced dementia and those close to deathAuthor/s: John Killick, Kate Allen For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive … Read more

Relationship-centred work with couples

Damian Murphy describes his exploratory study of work with three couples with acknowledged problems in communication, using a relationship-centred approachAuthor/s: Damian Murphy For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Building on excellence

June Andrews, the new director of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre, outlines her vision for this important centreAuthor/s: June Andrews For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.