Support and information in a stress-free environment

Deborah McLoughlin and Annie Ng describe the process of implementing a three-day education programme, which they have found to be an effective means of supporting carers.Author/s: Deborah McLoughlin, Annie Ng For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

What do people with dementia most value in life?

Research so far suggests that it is the social, interpersonal and emotional aspects of life and care, along with physical health, that matter most to people with dementia. Chris Dabbs describes a pilot project which found evidence to support these conclusions, and offers a framework to help improve quality of care and well-being.Author/s: Chris Dabbs … Read more

Sharing activities: to bring back the pleasure of caring

Though life story work is now commonplace, staff could do much more to use the personal information gained, especially in encouraging family carers to share enjoyable activities with people with dementia, writes Carole Archibald.Author/s: Carole Archibald For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

Towards better assessment for clients and carers

Multidisciplinary assessment of people with dementia in a day hospital setting offers many advantages as well as challenges. Ann Bisset, Jill Warrington, Alison Strudwick and David Duncan tried out CarenapD and found it a very useful tool on which a full assessment can be based.Author/s: Ann Bisset, Jill Warrington, Alison Strudwick, David Duncan For the … Read more

What day is it today? Using an automatic calendar

People who find it difficult to remember the day and date can benefit from using an electronic calendar which automatically updates and displays this information. Torhild Holthe, Inger Hagen and Sidsel Bjørneby report on their project to evaluate use of the calendar by people with memory problems.Author/s: Torhild Holthe, Inger Hagen, Sidsel Bjørneby For the … Read more

Building up a toolbox of strategies for communication

In this first of a series of articles on communicating with a person with dementia, Clare Morris invites readers to explore how it might feel to have dementia, and how the anxiety we feel when a conversation doesn’t “make sense” can make us respond in ways that hinder communication.Author/s: Clare Morris For the full article … Read more

The arts in dementia care: tapping a rich resource

In this first of three articles, John Killick and Kate Allan review research into use of the arts in dementia care. Here they focus on the art form where most work has been done with people with dementia to date – music.Author/s: John Killick, Kate Allan For the full article please see the PDF download … Read more

Oxford dementia centre launched

Beth Noray reports on the official launch of the Oxford dementia centreAuthor/s: Beth Noray For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Sparkling off dramatic changes

Writing and acting a play proved a powerful way of raising awareness in both actors and audience, writes Heli Virtanen from FinlandAuthor/s: Heli Virtanen For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Spiritual needs – who cares?

The Christian Council on Ageing has launched a second project on spiritual needs in dementia. Laraine Moffitt reports.Author/s: Laraine Moffitt For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.