dementia

Windows of opportunity: prevention and early intervention in dementia - a tool for commissioners and providers

Early intervention is often seen as anticipatory information and support delivered at the earliest stage of dementia, following diagnosis.

Prevention encompasses the range of interventions that prevent an increase in need that may tip an individual into a higher or more intensive level of service.

This SCIE resource explains this further and offers a greater understanding of the journey through dementia.

Scottish Dementia Working Group

The Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) is an independent group that was set up by people with dementia. We are a friendly group run by, and for, people with dementia or a related condition. We meet to support each other and find ways to improve services and attitudes.
(Photo 1) The Working Group campaigns to improve services for people with dementia and to improve attitudes towards people with dementia.
We do lots of things to improve services. We participate in forums, committees and conferences to change policy. We campaign to make dementia a high priority.

Support.Stay.Save: care and support of people with dementia in their own homes

This report from the Alzheimer’s Society reveals that many people with dementia and carers receive insufficient support and care at home. It also found that the home care workers who responded regularly worked with people with dementia and understood that they could have a good quality of life. First published in January 2011.

Supporting those with dementia: reminiscence therapy and life story work (IRISS Insights, no.4)

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

This Insight looks at reminiscence therapy and life story work for those with dementia.

Scottish Dementia Working Group: video interviews with members

Includes clips from Sixth Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, celebrating the achievements of its members, all of whom are diagnosed with dementia, as well as interviews with, and presentations by, members.

Dementia gateway

Resource for those working with dementia in nursing, residential or domiciliary settings. It contains lots of practical tips, tools and activities in each of the sections that will help with daily work. Each section has been written by a national dementia expert so the information and guidance is up to date and reflects what is known about best practices in dementia care.

The emotional impact of dementia

Resource that will further the understanding of the emotional dimension of dementia; the importance of effective strategies to help people experiencing difficult emotions; and explore a range of situations where we can have a major impact on a person with dementia through our actions.

Common difficulties and how to help

Resource that furthers understanding of how dementia affects each individual differently; four common areas of difficulty faced by people with dementia; practical strategies to assist with difficulties; and difficulties faced by people with dementia not caused by damage to the brain, but by other factors.

What dementia is and what it isn’t

Multimedia resource that will further understanding of views of dementia in the media; facts and common misconceptions about dementia; and common symptoms, clinical terminology and causes of symptoms.