An interactive story for Margaret

Staffordshire: Jim Ellis describes how he develped a special therapeutic activity through which to communicate with his wife Margaret.Author/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.

Creating a mural for the senses

Salford: Elisha Maran-Barnell describes some hands-on art therapyAuthor/s: rg/admin/jdcarticles-amend.pl For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Complementary therapies: worth talking about

Mairi Wood and Kim Jobst have a passionate interest in the use of complementary therapies in dementia care. Sue Benson met them at the nursing home Mairi runs in Musselburgh to share and discuss their experiences and ideas.Author/s: Mairi Wood, Kim Jobst For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Let’s Right the Scales

Editorial CommentAuthor/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.

People with dementia reveal their views of homecare

As part of a ‘best value’ review, a day centre in West London recently invited people with dementia to contribute their views of the homecare services they use. Sue Heiser reports on how the team conducted the review, and what the service users said.Author/s: Sue Heiser For the full article please see the PDF download … Read more

How to get past the tip of the tongue

Difficulties with remembering things can be a source of frustration to people with dementia and a challenge to their carers. Claire Surr reports on a research project to improve channels of communication and enable people’s voices to be heard.Author/s: Claire Surr For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The … Read more

A systematic assessment of assistive technology

ENABLE is a three-year project running across four countries to assess the role of assistive technology in helping the people with dementia with everyday activities and develop new devices – Inger Hagen, Torhild Holthe, Petrina Duff, Suzanne Cahill, Jane Gilliard, Roger Orpwood, Paivi Topo and Sidsel Bjorneby explain in the second part of our series … Read more

It’s more than just pulling strings

Storytelling with puppets helped three people with dementia on a continuing care ward to find a new voice. Sue Saunders and Claire McLoughlin tell the tale.Author/s: Sue Saunders, Claire McLoughlin For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Back to the real sensory world our ‘care’ has taken away

Colin MacDonald reflects on research into the effects of multisensory stimulation. He argues that care environments and practices have developed in a way that excludes people with dementia from the pleasurable sensory experiences most of us enjoy every day. Rather than create a new environment to compensate for this deprivation, should we not try to … Read more

Just how far have we really come?

Sally Knocker reflects on the status of dementia care and says the time is right to make more of a noise about ageism and injustice to older people.Author/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.