Amos: a self lost and found

The lack of culturally sensitive services for people from ethnic minorities can literally be deadly – it nearly was for Amos Jackson. Margaret Anne Tibbs describes his life, and the lessons it taught her.Author/s: Margaret Anne Tibbs For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is … Read more

How and why to keep taking the tablets

Many people with dementia also have physical conditions needing regular medication, but their ability to take drugs regularly, and as instructed, is impaired. Alison Ewing explains how a pharmacist can help, and describes the variety of compliance aids available.Author/s: Alison Ewing For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The … Read more

Blowing the whistle on bad design

Robbie Pennington was sacked for pointing out critical shortcomings in the design of the new dementia unit he was appointed to manage. An industrial tribunal has now ruled that he was wrongfully dismissed. Here he details the catalogue of appalling design that led him to speak out.Author/s: Robbie Pennington For the full article please see … Read more

From outside, looking in

Some popular novels reveal great insight into the human predicament of dementia and the tensions and stresses family and carers experience. They are also an enjoyable and worthwhile read, writes Jill Manthorpe in this review of dementia in contemporary fiction.Author/s: Jill Manthorpe For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Time to share your skills

Staff caring for people with AIDS-related dementia urgently need us to share some of the insight and skill developed in dementia care in recent years, writes Jane Gilliard.Author/s: Jane Gilliard For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Pass the Patient

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.

The deep roots of folklore and superstition

Esme Moniz-Cook and Alec Gill argue that traditional superstitions – often unknown to young care staff – can sometimes be the root cause of “problem” behaviour in people with dementia.Author/s: Esme Moniz-Cook, Alec Gill For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you … Read more

How to add insult to carers’ injuries

Doctors’ reluctance to add “dementia” or “Alzheimer’s disease” to death certificates skews the statistics on incidence and prevalence of the diseases, and is insulting and hurtful to carers, say Geoffrey Bamforth and Bernard Ineichen.Author/s: Geoffrey Bamforth, Bernard Ineichen For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive … Read more

Responding to the needs of rural carers

When planning day care in rural areas, standard urban solutions are unlikely to lead to the best service; responsiveness to local needs and carers’ personal circumstances are crucial. Faith Gibson, Dorothy Whittington, Deborah James, Andrew Pattenden and Lisa Rahim report on the Rural Action on Dementia project in Northern Ireland.Author/s: Faith Gibson, Dorothy Whittington, Deborah … Read more

Nurturing the seeds of renewed confidence

A garden can be a source of joy and confidence for someone who has dementia. Here, Alison Ryan describes Horticultural Therapy, and sets out some ideas for gardening activities in Spring – the first of four seasonal guides.Author/s: Alison Ryan For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full … Read more