dementia

Alzheimer's disease: Joe and Ethna's story

Soon after retiring in 1990, GP Joe McShane found out that his wife Ethna had developed Alzheimer's disease. Joe cared for Ethna for six years until a fall led to her being admitted to the Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. He tells the story.

Is music the best medicine? Using prescribed music to enhance quality of life for people with dementia and their carer

One of a series of reports which forms part of the PROP Practitioner Research Programme, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and IRISS that was about health and social care for older people.

Perspectives on personal outcomes of early stage support for people with dementia and their carers

One of a series of reports which forms part of the PROP Practitioner Research Programme, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and IRISS that was about health and social care for older people.

Building dementia-friendly communities: a priority for everyone

Report that provides evidence on dementia-friendly communities from the perspective of people affected by dementia and their carers. It explores the barriers that people face in their community, how they would like to be engaged with their local area and the support they need to do so.

It also collates existing evidence and describes projects that are already making a difference for people with dementia. This information is used both to provide a definition of a dementia-friendly community, and to lay out 10 areas of focus for communities working to become dementia friendly.

Dementia: finding housing solutions

Report that highlights how good housing and related services can impact positively on the lives of people with dementia, from delaying more intensive forms of care to preventing admission and readmission to hospital. Case studies from housing associations and home improvement agencies show how appropriate housing can:

• reduce or delay demand for health and  social care services for people with dementia
• improve the rate of diagnosis of dementia
• deliver improved health and social care outcomes at a lower cost

Low expectations: attitudes on choice, care and community for people with dementia in care homes

Report that provides new evidence on the key issues affecting people with dementia living in care homes. The report summarises evidence from surveys of family members, care home staff and people with dementia about their views on care in care homes.

Telecare and dementia: using telecare effectively in the support of people with dementia

Book that explores how telecare can contribute to the support, protection, and quality of life of people with dementia. It also considers the importance of telecare in providing support and reassurance to carers.

It is written for assessors, care and support staff and their managers, telecare service managers and development staff.

Co-production: working with the third sector to reshape dementia services in East Dunbartonshire

Documents East Dunbartonshire's Dementia Clinic Advisory Service, which is built on a model of co-production and choice for people with dementia.

It is a service co-designed and delivered by a network of third sector providers. The service delivery model is already helping  to reshape services and reduce pressure on frontline council services and budgets.