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Journal of Dementia Care Newsletter

Issue 1 November 2021

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You will receive a monthly newsletter with the latest news in the dementia world as well as access to one article on the JDC website. Just log into the website, select the current issue tab at the top and choose the article you would like to read from the selection there. You can read another article a month later.

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But first a word about what’s changed. JDC is now owned by a new Community Benefit Society, Dementia Publishing. Its directors are Sue Benson and Dr Richard Hawkins, editor and publisher of JDC from its launch in 1993, and Barbara Stephens, Dementia Pathfinders.

As the new owners we are committed to providing you with all that is so loved and valued at JDC, plus a lot more: the journal itself of course, now in an electronic format (still ably edited by Mark Ivory), a much more extensive website,, and dementia-focused newsletters and events including the UK’s largest annual event in our dementia care world, UK Dementia Congress.

What is a charitable Community Benefit Society?

A charitable Community Benefit Society is a relatively new model, whose purpose is to support a ‘community of interest’, funded by social investment (and in the case of a publication, subscriptions too). This makes it highly appropriate for JDC and the UK Dementia Congress: we are a community, built up over many years, bringing together practitioners, researchers, family carers and people with dementia themselves – everyone who cares passionately about dementia care and the vital importance of supporting all who work in the field. This support is needed now more than ever, in the current climate of intense pressure on services and staff.

To find out more about social investment (which includes a subscription) see here, or you can make a donation. You can subscribe here.

Dementia Publishing’s advisory board

We are delighted that all members of JDC’s advisory board are keen to continue and guide us in the years ahead, and we warmly welcome new members who have given us invaluable help through the process of forming a Community Benefit Society: Hilary Woodhead (NAPA), Jude Sweeting (Dementia Pathfinders/Ladder to the Moon/Resonate Arts) and Karen Harrison-Dening (Dementia UK). See the full list of advisers in the About section of our website.

The November/December 2021 issue of the Journal of Dementia Care is available for full subscribers to read on our website and as a pdf. Articles include ‘A delicate balancing act – safety and quality of life’ by Sally Knocker, with a chat function for discussion. See the full contents here

New grants for end of life care research

End of life care charity Marie Curie has launched a new grant scheme offering £750,000 for new research projects. Projects will be expected to address one of a range of themes, including quality care and support for people affected by dying, death and bereavement.  The charity expects pressure on primary health and social care to grow this winter, with half a million people predicted to need palliative care. “Recent research has predicted that demand for community palliative and end of life care services will continue to increase in the coming years,” said head of research Dr Sabine Best.

Keith Oliver, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and founder member of the Young Dementia Network and 3 Nations Dementia Working Group, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Canterbury Christ Church University in recognition of his work connected with dementia which primarily has focused upon young onset. He received the award in a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral last weekend 

Survey on support in Extra Care Housing

Shedding light on how best to support people with dementia in Extra Care Housing is a new survey by the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS).  In a research project funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research, two surveys will canvass the opinions of family carers and of people with dementia themselves about the value of Extra Care as a model of housing that enables independent living in self-contained accommodation.  The deadline for completing the two surveys is 12 November. Family carers survey and for people with dementia complete this survey

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