A view from Australia

Dr John Tooth describes the difference training for all staff – from the gardener to the nurse in charge – has made to residential facilities in Tasmania.Author/s: John Tooth For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

A vote for better care?

As we approach another general election campaign, how do the main political parties shape up to the priorities set by campaigning organisations in dementia care? Simon Denegri examines their policies and prospects.Author/s: Simon Denegri For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you … Read more

The puzzling, provocative question of play

The idea that the concept and practice of play may be valuable in dementia care is a controversial one – understandable so when practitioners have fought so hard to demolish “nursery care”. But, Tessa Perrin argues, it would be very sad if this fear blocked out creative new ideas.Author/s: Tessa Perrin For the full article … Read more

Don’t dismiss the grief and pain of a pet’s death

Those who have not experienced a close bond with a companion animal can find it hard to understand the depth of grief felt at its death. But it is vital that staff are sensitive in their response, writes Simon O’Donovan.Author/s: Simon O’Donovan For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

How pets can be good for your health

There is now plenty of evidence that companion animals can promote health and well-being for older people, including those with dementia, and their carers, writes Dorothy Walster.Author/s: Dorothy Walster For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Excluded from a role in the personhood club

For Fred, the problem was not the wandering that concerned his son but its underlying cause – a lack of meaningful occupation leading to feelings of worthlessness and consequent social withdrawal. Jackie Pool describes the successful solution.Author/s: Jackie Pool For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC … Read more

Swallowing problems – how to help

Food and eating are central to life, so swallowing problems have a major impact on the person affected and their carers. Clare Morris and Mitch Murray offer guidance.Author/s: Clare Morris, Mitch Murray For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

The profound lessons dementia can teach us

In a new book Tom Kitwood has drawn together all the threads of his work in the field of dementia to date. Here he describes the process of its creation.Author/s: Tom Kitwood For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Secondary dementias 6: nutritional disorders

Concluding our series on causes of cognitive impairment where there is some reversibility, Judith Allardyce examines the role of the most common nutritional disorders.Author/s: Judith Allardyce For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Playing with Fire?

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.