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Navigating Pride Month in dementia care settings

Dementia the Montessori Way: enabling truly person-centred care

New national guidelines on non-pharmacological response to behaviours that challenge

Celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals living with dementia: Navigating Pride Month in dementia care settings

Bond JA, Parish M (2024) Celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals living with dementia: Navigating Pride Month in dementia care settings. Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 18-19. Pride Month (June) is an opportunity and a call to action for dementia care professionals to reflect on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in care settings, and especially to honour their ... Read more

New national guidelines on non-pharmacological response to behaviours that challenge

James EA. Reichelt K (2024) New national guidelines on non-pharmacological response to behaviours that challenge. Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 20-22. New national guidelines on ‘the use of non-pharmacological interventions on the management and treatment of behaviours that challenge’ have been produced by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. Ewan A James and ... Read more

Reaching people with advanced dementia: A therapist in residence

Walker M (2024) Reaching people with advanced dementia: A therapist in residence. Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 23-25 Mary Walker describes her work as a therapist in residence at a care home, where she works with people in the later experiences of dementia, giving focused attention based on a body-to-body connection rather than words. This ... Read more

A pause in The Long Goodbye

On March 22 this year, our inboxes were filled with emails regarding the Alzheimer Society's recent advertising campaign, The Long Goodbye. These emails conveyed a range of emotions, including astonishment, shock, upset, and feelings of betrayal. In response, the directors of Dementia Community addressed these concerns by posting the following statement on our website and ... Read more

Responses to The Long Goodbye

Responses to The Long Goodbye. Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 11-13. The Long Goodbye, the Alzheimer’s Society’s recent video advert, has caused dismay and distress among our Dementia Community. Our Board responded with a statement of concern (above) and invited comments. These can be read in full and unedited on our website; below is a ... Read more

Is this ‘The unvarnished truth’?

Litherland R, Milton S, Murphy D (2024) Is this ‘The unvarnished truth’? Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 11-13. Rachael Litherland Damian Murphy The Long Goodbye has provoked strong reactions (see Comment and collected responses HERE). Here is the response from Innovations in Dementia, by directors Rachael Litherland, Steve Milton and Damian Murphy It has been ... Read more

Helping people with dementia avoid being scammed

Kennedy S (2024) Helping people with dementia avoid being scammed. Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 25-27. Admiral Nurse Stuart Kennedy offers tips for all carers, people living with dementia and professionals, to help and empower anyone at risk or affected by scams to reduce the impact and damage they can cause. Summary This article is ... Read more

What happened to personhood?

Murray J (2024 What happened to personhood? Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 28-29. We need to re-think our language and consider how we support personhood, which then underpins relationship-centred care, says Jane Murray. If we see the world from the point of view of the person with dementia, lying can be positive and kind. Jane ... Read more

Dementia the Montessori way:

Supporting a person living with dementia to feel they belong and have a reason to get up in the morning Phair L et al (2024) Dementia the Montessori way: Supporting a person living with dementia to feel they belong and have a reason to get up in the morning Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 30-33. ... Read more

Dementia Champions: developing a specialist role in homecare

Newton C et al (2024) Dementia Champions: developing a specialist role in homecare Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 34-37. In part two of a three-part series* on developing the role of Dementia Champions in Homecare, Christina Newton and colleagues describe how they gathered evidence of facilitators and barriers to developing this role, and how/if it ... Read more

Community engagement with heritage-based resources online

Bray J et al (2024) Community engagement with heritage-based resources online. Journal of Dementia Care 32(3) 38-41. This article is a companion piece to the work reported by Aaron Smith and colleagues in the January/February 2024 issue of JDC (Smith et al 2024). While the earlier work focused on the use of a new life ... Read more

JDC asks: May/June 2024

Tell us what good work you are doing to improve nutrition and hydration for people living with dementia, or what advice you have from your individual experience Kirsty Swift, Dementia Care Coach, Milford Care At Milford Care we use the Montessori ethos (see HERE). This approach enables us to improve nutrition and hydration for individuals ... Read more

Book review: A New Understanding of “Dementia”: A Guide

by Dr Michael Bender Available at https://agewisebooks.uk/ Michael Bender worked as a clinical psychologist, mostly in the field of dementia. This book brings together his clinical experience and scientific evidence about dementia. Bender cites research evidence that contrasts with the received wisdom about the causes of most dementias, especially Alzheimer’s disease. He questions the decades-long ... Read more

Evidence for practice/Research news

This section aims to keep readers up to date with research in dementia care and the current best evidence to support practice. We aim to provide a channel of two-way communication between researchers and practitioners, so that research findings influence practice and practitioners’ concerns are fed into the research agenda.  We welcome contributions such as: ... Read more