JDC Asks Challenge: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Tell us what you are doing to make dementia care more inclusive In the September/October 2023 Journal of Dementia Care, a special issue on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in dementia care, we invited readers to send us examples of excellent initiatives which are helping to make dementia services more inclusive. The invitation is still open!...

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Perspectives

Homeshare and dementia: the invaluable matches The homeshare movement has changed the way that people live for the better.  As a circle of support, homeshare matches younger people (the average age of a sharer is 39) who need an affordable place to live, with older people (the average age of a householder is 84) who...

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JDC Asks Nov/Dec 2023

“Asking for information about life story as a person living with dementia moves into a care home is common practice, but how can we use it to foster relationships and resilience?” Tanya Clover, head of dementia and personalisation at Porthaven Care Homes: Human beings have been coming together to share stories around the campfire since...

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Shining a spotlight on arts in care provision.

Perspectives by Alison Teader The National Day of Arts in Care Homes takes place on 24 September and is managed by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA). The aim of this annual event is to highlight good work and promote discussion. It provides an opportunity for care and arts partners to promote the beneficial outcomes...

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JDC Asks – July 2023

Outdoor activities can have enormous benefits for physical and mental wellbeing among people living with dementia.  What outdoor activities do you recommend for this summer, now Covid restrictions have been lifted?”  Many people saw Covid as a negative experience and I did too to begin with; my routine of travelling around the country coming to an abrupt...

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JDC Asks May/June 2023

In a surprise New Year announcement, the government said its strategy on dementia care would be wrapped up in a single policy for six major conditions.  Is the proposed Major Conditions Strategy, covering illnesses like cancer and heart disease as well as dementia, the right answer or should dementia have a strategy of its own?...

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Perspectives May/June 2023

May 15th-21st is Dementia Action Week and as I write with a fortnight to go the omens are good for a post-pandemic revival of much needed enthusiasm at the grassroots.  Diagnosis rates fell markedly during the pandemic and this year the focus of the week is quite rightly on getting them back up again.  Among...

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Blogs I’m Watching

Vulnerability is “such a powerful tool” says Caregiver Warrior, an American blog in which Susanne shares “wisdom from the inside” of caring.  When Susanne turned grey with exhaustion one day, her mother, who has dementia, noticed and responded with a level of empathy and kindness that she hadn’t shown for some time.  “I was completely...

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Perspectives March/April 2023

Feelings: listen and validate by Shirley Pearce It is over 30 years since Tom Kitwood and Kathleen Bredin first described four “global sentient states”, or feelings, that are required for a sense of well-being: self-esteem, agency, social confidence and hope. These elements of wellbeing are interdependent: like pillars supporting a heavy platform, damaging one puts...

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Perspectives: Challenge ahead

Now that the US medicines regulator has granted accelerated approval for the Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab, the way is clear for similar approvals in the UK and Europe.  We have been here before, of course, when the American Food and Drug Administration gave qualified approval two years ago to another monoclonal antibody drug called aducanumab, which...

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