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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    How has dementia care changed since Tom Kitwood's ground-breaking book Dementia Reconsidered was first published in 1997?

    At our UK Dementia Congress in Brighton, on 7 November, this year’s Tom Kitwood Memorial Address was entitled “Dementia Reconsidered, Revisited: The Person Still Comes First”. This is also the title of Professor Dawn Brooker’s important new book to be published early next year, which reprints Kitwood’s Dementia Reconsidered: The person comes first and adds expert commentaries for a contemporary and critical perspective. Dawn was joined by some of the distinguished commentators at our event.

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  • People with young onset dementia co-design

    People with young onset dementia co-design

    14.12.18 Research findings from the University of Hertfordshire argue that the best way to improve services for people with young onset dementia (YOD) is to enable them to work closely with service providers on co-designing and co-ordinating support that is locally sustainable. People with YOD and their carers told researchers that charities and service centres could act as a catalyst for them to set up peer support groups as well as a safety net for those struggling to make connections. Michael Walker, who co-authored the paper, said attempts to recast services for older people as suitable for younger people had failed. “One challenge is the relatively small number of young people with dementia in a given locality, another is how to keep up a group of younger people with dementia when the original members may no longer be so young,” Walker said. “We need to look at how services can work together to ensure a consistency of service for those diagnosed with young onset dementia."

  • David Cameron at World Dementia Council

    David Cameron at World Dementia Council

    13.12.18 Alzheimer’s Research UK president and ex-PM David Cameron called on world leaders to “keep up the pressure” in the fight against dementia at a World Dementia Council (WDC) meeting in London last week. Marking the fifth anniversary of the G8 summit on dementia, which Cameron hosted as prime minister, this week’s conference saw the launch of a WDC report challenging the international community to accelerate progress towards the goals on dementia agreed five years ago. Among those goals was to develop a disease-modifying therapy, improve care and increase dementia awareness by 2025. “Technology is key,” Cameron told the conference. “It has the potential to transform everything, from how we manage risk to how we deliver care. Big data can rapidly accelerate dementia research – not just biomedical research but care research as well.” Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock, who also spoke, said the conference had brought together experts from across the world to “share succes


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