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  • Bus stops in care homes: all aboard?

    Bus stops in care homes: all aboard?

    Fake bus stops in care homes may be reassuring to some residents but are they ethical? Toby Williamson used to be a critic, but explains why he had a change of heart.

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  • Support for eating and drinking at end of life

    Support for eating and drinking at end of life

    A new booklet tells family carers what they need to know to help a person living with dementia who has eating and drinking difficulties towards the end of life. Yolanda Barrado-Martín and colleagues say why it is needed

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  • The role of doulas in dementia care

    The role of doulas in dementia care

    End of life doulas work with people who have had a terminal diagnosis, including those with dementia in their final months.
    Aly Dickinson and three end of life doulas talk about the role and present a selection of dementia-related case studies

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  • ‘He’s lovely... I know he’s not real – but he could be’

    ‘He’s lovely... I know he’s not real – but he could be’

    Can robotic animals provide the same boost to wellbeing as contact with real animals for care home residents? Sarah Small and Catherine Quinn set out the results and the practical implications of a service evaluation which aimed to find out

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  • Art in response to music – involving children too

    Art in response to music – involving children too

    As musician in residence at a North Wales care home, Nia Davies Williams is ideally placed to observe how music influences the response of residents through painting. She explains how the two art forms can be fruitfully combined

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  • Early support: adapting to life with young onset dementia

    Early support: adapting to life with young onset dementia

    A young onset dementia diagnosis inevitably comes as a shock and there may be little help to adjust to it. Mandy Blair and Liz Rose explain the “Adapt” programme, which supports people to understand their diagnosis and come to terms with itBiog:

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  • The music died, but we’ll meet again with energy and passion

    The music died, but we’ll meet again with energy and passion

    When coronavirus arrived, it felt like “the day the music died” to singing groups across Scotland. Diana Kerr set out to record and capture their energy and passion so that they can restart with equal vigour once the virus has been beaten

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  • Playfulness and mischief – an intergenerational journey

    Playfulness and mischief – an intergenerational journey

    An intergenerational Christmas party held on an acute hospital ward sparked off plans for a whole new project. But would it be possible to overcome staff resistance? Jo James, Nicola Abraham and Elizabeth McGeorge describe what happened next

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  • How ‘gay bashing’ in the past can affect people now

    How ‘gay bashing’ in the past can affect people now

    In the modern world most of us accept sexuality as integral to personhood, but an LGBT+ person with dementia may struggle with memories of an intolerant past. Lynne Phair and Roy Wells reflect on the impact this can have on care and support

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  • Season's Greetings

    Season's Greetings

    23.12.20 It is so hard to sum up the year we've just had. We can never forget how badly people with dementia have fared with Covid-19, but nor can we forget the courage and determination so many have shown in these difficult times. We will be back in January with more news and views from our sector, and in the meantime the Journal of Dementia Care and UK Dementia Congress wish all our readers the best possible Christmas and New Year.

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