Congruence and Cues

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.

Pass the hot potato – is this person-centred teamwork?

In this third part of her series on obstacles to person-centred care, Tracy Packer examines the way staff teams in all care settings disclaim responsibility for the person with dementia who challenges them.Author/s: Tracy Packer For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if … Read more

A SPECAL way of maintaining well-being in dementia

Margaret Godel explains how the SPECAL approach uses detailed information about a person’s way of life before dementia to develop a mosaic of strategies and interventions to maintain their self-esteem and well-being in the present, all through every day.Author/s: Margaret Godel For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The … Read more

Meeting a special need for confidence and independence

The Clive Project helps the younger person with dementia maintain confidence, self-esteem and independence through a flexible and individual home-based support service, as Tessa Gutteridge explains. The project won a Department of Health Social Care Award 2000 for promoting independence.Author/s: Tessa Gutteridge For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. … Read more

GPs – we need you

Shirley Nurock’s husband, himself a GP, developed Alzheimer’s disease in his fifties. Looking back, she can see how better and more sensitive primary care services might have eased the trauma of those years for the whole family.Author/s: Shirley Nurock For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC … Read more

Building a bridge from philosophy to practice

Jackie Pool argues that a social-psychological model of dementia care is not enough; an understanding of neurological impairments must be integrated with it to form a new model for practice that removes the barriers causing disability.Author/s: Jackie Pool For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive … Read more

Dementia as a disability: can we learn from disability studies and theory?

Can disability studies improve our understanding of dementia? Ruth Bartlett reviews literature in the field of disability studies, outlining how certain ideas and approaches to conceots such as empowerment and independence can contribute to our understanding of the range of social barriers faced by people with dementia.Author/s: Ruth Bartlett For the full article please see … Read more

Going out two by two

Edinburgh: Charlie Murphy and Isabel Sharp describe the success story of the Corstorphine Companions Club, bringing people with dementia and their same-generation carers closer together.Author/s: Charlie Murphy, Isabel Sharp For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Computers for memory training

Valladolid, Spain: a team led by Dr Franco Martin in Spain has developed a computer program which can generate individualised exercises for cognitive retraining. It is a promising new tool for early intervention in dementia (both treatment and assessment), they say.Author/s: Dr Franco Martin For the full article please see the PDF download linked to … Read more

The vicious circle of the system

Who is responsible for abuse of people with dementia? Alastair Macdonald suggests that care staff are victims of an inherently abusive system.Author/s: Alastair Macdonald For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.