May 12, 2015

Journal of Dementia Care – May/June 2015

Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing 

News Highlights p. 6-8
  • Dementia Discovery Fund announced
  • World pays tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Consultation on deprivation of liberty
  • Sporting memories groups in Scotland
  • Dementia highlighted in election manifestos
  • Study proves low levels of funding for dementia research
  • Culturally relevant toolkit launched
  • Resident with dementia holds art exhibition
  • Campaign for carers to stay in hospital
  • Arts and crafts may delay dementia
JDC asks…. Tim Beanland, Alzheimer’s Society; Karim Saad, West Midlands Clinical Network for Dementia & Neurology; Andrea Capstick, University of Bradford; Chris Russell, University of Worcester; David Sheard, Dementia Care Matters.The most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) refrains from talking about ‘dementia’, preferring to refer instead to ‘major neurocognitive disorder’.  Has the word dementia had its day? p. 9 

‘A brilliant thing…just doing my own little bit’
Evaluation of a regular exercise programme showed that it brought many benefits for individuals with dementia and their carers
p. 10-11

The Reminiscence Tea House
This article describes the development of the Reminiscence Tea House project, challenging stigma and providing peer support and information for the UK Chinese community
p. 12-14 

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) : good intentions ‘now a poisoned chalice’
The legal system should reflect on its actions and think again
p. 14 

Working ‘beyond the walls’ of dementia care homes
The work of Admiral Nurses in Bupa care homes embraces families and the local community
p. 16-18 

Tips to change negative attitudes
Norrms McNamara, a person with Younger Onset Dementia, and Mary Keating describe how they worked together to produce a leaflet based on Norrms’ ‘Top Tips’ for dementia friendliness
p. 18-20 

Out of the closet, into a difficult place in later life
Eve’s story demonstrates the particular difficulties and ethical predicament faced by the LGBT community and professionals caring for transgender people with dementia.
p. 22-24 

Evaluating the SPECAL approach to care
This article looks at the rationale for the SPECAL person-centred approach to the care of people with dementia, and outline plans for an evaluation.
p. 24-27 

Hogewey: a ‘’home from home’ in the Netherlands
Hogewey is an award-winning development with an innovative approach to residential and nursing care for people with advanced dementia.
p. 28-31 

How yoga can promote therapeutic relationships
Yoga can help in forming therapeutic partnerships, helping anxious and disoriented people make sense of the world around them
p. 32-34 

Research in progress – current projects supported by the Alzheimer’s Society
·         Memory and ‘mnemic neglect in people with Alzheimer’s disease
·         After the Liverpool Care Pathway
·         Experiences of children and young people with a parent with early onset dementia
·         Dementia friendly initiatives in health care
·         Prevalence of sleep disturbance in people with dementia living in care homes
·         Deaf people with dementia
·         Dementia in the workplace
·         Reducing the risk of falls

Book reviews
How we think about dementia: personhood, rights, ethics, the arts and what they mean for care
By Julian C Hughes
This lucid, erudite and thoughtful book is an inspiring read….This book is a set of essays, many given as conference papers and then developed through discussion and reflection. They cover five main areas: ageing, personhood, capacity and incapacity, palliative and supportive care and arts.
Review by Mary Marshall, professor emerita, University of Stirling 

Excellence in dementia care: research into practice
Ed. Murna Downs and Barbara Bowers
For practitioners, especially those undertaking further studies, this book would be a very helpful resource.  It is up to date and relevant to care providing and managing… I would recommend this book an authoritative, engaging and optimistic.
Reviewed by Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London.
p. 37

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