Learning to be rather than do

Why do we have to give the name “therapy” to companionship and activities that are, or should be, a part of normal relationships? It says more about our own needs than those of the people we care for, writes Ilse Boas.Author/s: Ilse Boas For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the … Read more

Tom Kitwood 1937 – 1998

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 headache of mobile phones

Studies relating to the dangers of mobile phone use are discussed by Joanne Daniels.Author/s: Joanne Daniels For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

The benefits of specific sensory stimulation

Inspired by the use of multisensory environments to benefit people with dementia, Christine McNamara and Larissa Kempenaar report on their research into specific sensory stimulation.Author/s: Christine McNamara, Larissa Kempenaar For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

“There’s always a difference: they’re higher up”

Power differences between people with dementia and the staff working with them inevitably affect our capacity to really listen to users’ views about services. Gillian Proctor discusses the issues.Author/s: Gillian Proctor For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Rising to the challenge of radical change

In the second of three articles, Rani Svanberg reports on how tenants, carers and support workers responded to an independent supported living house run by the Dementia Care Initiative, Newcastle.Author/s: Rani Svanberg For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Opportunities – some more equal than others

People with dementia should have equal rights and equal access to health and social services – but do they? Recent government surveys point to gaps and inadequacies, Derek Brown reports.Author/s: Derek Brown For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Bridging the divide of culture and language

Good communication is essential in working with people with dementia and their carers. Catharine Jenkins discusses how to enhance our skills in communicating with people from different cultures.Author/s: Catharine Jenkins For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

All play and no work? Take a fresh look at activities

The idea of residents in a care home being encouraged to get on with the daily activities of life – such as meal preparation – is backed by Alison Johnson, who can’t bear the thought of bingo and carpet bowls.Author/s: Alison Johnson For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

Vascular dementia: blocked arteries, blocked thoughts

In the fourth article of the series, Sandra Beech describes the difficulties of a woman affected by vascular dementia, and the challenges posed for her husband, her carer.Author/s: Sandra Beech For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.