Empowering carers to make choices

Northern Ireland’s Dementia Helpline is a lifeline for carers in the province, reducing stress and isolation, writes Colette McGrory.Author/s: Colette McGrory For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Coming to your senses

Creating a sensory garden at a nursing home has proved a worthwhile project, Karen East reports.Author/s: Karen East For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Are these the guardians of care?

Robert Egerton encountered a bureaucratic maze in the Care Programme Approach when he could no longer care for his wife at home.Author/s: Robert Egerton For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Space and Sensitivity

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.

Commissioning dementia care – an emerging strategy?

The latest changes in the NHS – Primary Care Groups – bring opportunities for improving dementia services in primary care, as Steve Iliffe reports. Penny Weaver adds a voluntary sector view.Author/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.

Art therapy: a channel to express sadness and loss

Diane Waller describes a multidisciplinary pilot project to evaluate the effects of art therapy on a group of elderly patients with dementia.Author/s: Diane Waller For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Great expectations? How carers view Aricept

When new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease were launched last year, professionals feared that all the publicity could create false hopes among carers and relatives. However, this study by Frances Vaughan, Robert Jones and Louise Cunliffe showed that most carers’ expectations were consistent with the clinical information they had been given.Author/s: Frances Vaughan, Robert Jones, … Read more

Circles of the mind

Circle dancing has much to offer people with dementia, writes Dorothy Jerrome. It is a way of communicating through touch and rhythm that can provide emotional security, encourage expression of feelings – and also improve balance, motor and social skills.Author/s: Dorothy Jerrome For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

The Getting There group

For people in the early stages of dementia, Dance Movement Therapy can liberate the strong emotions aroused by awareness of their symptoms, and stimulate discussion in a supported environment. Jeannie Donald and Sue Hall describe their ten-week programme.Author/s: Jeannie Donald, Sue Hall For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Remembering yesterday: having fun, making friends

The Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today project aimed to introduce people with dementia and family carers to reminiscence and assess its potential for improving communication. In this second of two articles, Errollyn Bruce and Faith Gibson conclude their summary of the project evaluation.Author/s: Errollyn Bruce, Faith Gibson For the full article please see the PDF download … Read more