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How to support people living with dementia at a sensory level

By Jackie Pool, QCS, Dementia Care Champion This article, the second in a series of four, looks at how carers and activity providers can achieve and maintain a sense of wellbeing for individuals living with moderate to severe dementia. The focus is centred on how to support a person at the Sensory level as defined ... Read more

“I didn’t even know you had this job!” The outcomes and facilitators of the Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model (CHARM)

  What is the potential for more research in care homes and the experience of residents living with dementia?  In the second of a series of articles on the CHARM care home research model, Isabelle Latham and colleagues evaluate its impact.      We have already described CHARM - the Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model ... Read more

You matter!  Training to support family carers of people living with dementia

Courses for family carers can help them prepare for the future, build their resilience and equip them for their caring role. Jennifer Bray, Teresa Atkinson and Tracey Williamson evaluated a a unique 3-day residential course focusing on family carers of people living with dementia.  Caring for people living with dementia can be demanding and the ... Read more

DementiAbility: Enabling abilities – and success – through an understanding of the brain, life story, environment and behaviour

Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks once said that “it is our brain that gives us our experience of the world,” so it follows that, if something is changing our brain, it will change how we see and experience the world. Therefore, it is important to understand how the brain functions and how it impacts behavioural expressions of ... Read more

Video research explores dementia care worker skills

Skills that dementia care staff bring to their roles are often poorly understood even though they can have an enormous impact on people’s wellbeing. Katherine Ludwin and colleagues describe a study in which they are capturing everyday interactions on video with a view to identifying specific skills for training purposes.  It is well established that ... Read more

Online therapeutic activity programmes for people living with dementia during COVID-19

When the pandemic broke out, people with dementia were frequently isolated and left without services on which they had depended.  Care Visions Healthy Ageing and Alzheimer Scotland came up with a solution in the form of online therapeutic activities, as Zara Quail and colleagues explain.    When the pandemic struck, many people were required to ... Read more

Prevalence of all cause young onset dementia and time lived with dementia: analysis of primary care health records

Numbers of people with young onset dementia have been severely underestimated and prevalence is likely to be much higher than previously thought.  Janet Carter and colleagues report on the findings of their study, which has significant implications for service provision.  There are no routinely published statistics of the current number of people with a diagnosis ... Read more

The mother of invention

Living through two years of Covid has been grim for us all; for people with dementia, and for those who love and care for them, the pandemic has been brutal, terrifying and bewildering. Stepping back from the frontline, however, we can see how the challenges thrown up by the lockdowns sparked certain innovations – often ... Read more

Alzheimer’s Show Report

Sandie Woods gives a snapshot of the Alzheimer’s Show, which took place on 25-26 March in London, focusing on learning, sharing and experiencing what it means to live with dementia.  People living with dementia and professionals came together at the Alzheimer’s Show to discuss new developments in dementia research, best practice and practical approaches to ... Read more

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 ... Read more

JDC Asks May/June 2022

"Has life in the community returned to normal for you now that the Covid restrictions have been lifted or do things still feel unsafe?"  I am living with vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia and I was shielding during lockdown. It’s been a while now since all the restrictions were lifted.  I know ... Read more

Dementia Diaries

We are very close to launching the new Dementia Diaries website.  When we are ready to go we will be relaunching Dementia Diaries with the new, much more accessible website.   We’ll be looking to expand the range and number of diarists too, so we’ll be asking for your support in reaching out.  So, while we ... Read more

Blogs I’m Watching, Resources

Fans of the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks will have seen the story of Luke and his son Ollie unfolding.  It is not just any soap opera storyline about dementia, but an unusual one both in terms of its portrayal and the apparently meticulous research that the actors and programme makers have done.  Luke has been ... Read more