Finding out you have dementia is one thing, but then finding services are tailored for people who are much older than you can be an added blow. As researchers, we have found people with young onset dementia (before the age of 65) want to know things that they cannot readily find from existing services. For example, dementia is not just about memory loss and participants in our interviews said they wanted to know the ‘early warning signs’ of dementia so they knew what to look out for and seek help earlier. Others wanted greater psychological support at the point of diagnosis, ideally with someone to be there throughout their dementia journey such as a counsellor.
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The Salford Institute for Dementia welcomes you to a workshop exploring environments and how they are viewed by people living with dementia. We will use photographs of hospital, care home and outdoor spaces to share views on how environments are perceived differently by different people and how they could be made more dementia-friendly. Come find out what works for dementia in terms of flooring, colour schemes, seating, therapeutic gardens, artwork, doorways, household products orientation boards, signage, pavements etc.
Professor Anthea Innes joined the University of Salford on 13th June as the Coles-Medlock Director at the Salford Institute for Dementia.
Professor Innes previously worked at the Bradford Dementia Group at the University of Bradford, both as a researcher and later as a lecturer. She also completed her PhD at Bradford which, “explored the process of changing the culture of dementia care in three settings”. Later, Professor Innes returned to the University of Stirling, where she had also studied as an undergraduate, and worked as a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer for a decade before moving to become Professor at Bournemouth University in 2011.
Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities are teaming up in a new initiative to combat dementia in the region and beyond.
To mark Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21), leading researchers from the three institutions met at the Whitworth Gallery to open a series of collaborations around a range of dementia issues – from biology to social care.
Natalie Yates-Bolton, Director of the Dementia Institute at the University of Salford, said she believed that Manchester would be a model for the rest of the UK in dementia care.
The new ‘Greater Manchester Dementia Consortium’ comes as the region begins to synchronise its health and social care provision under the so-called DevoManc agenda, enabling the NHS, local authorities and research institutions to work together on more co-ordinated approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of local people.
At Salford, research includes projects on artificial intelligence that supports people in their own homes, the most effective forms of support for BME communities and a project aimed at better meeting the day-to-day needs of people living with young onset dementia.
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Two academics from the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Science used the Conservative Party Conference as an opportunity to discuss dementia and mental health, hopefully bringing the issues to the forefront. Senior Lecturer Natalie Yates-Bolton’s presentation, titled, “Dementia: Global leadership, local solutions” was delivered at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester on Monday 5th October. She explored how policymakers can take forward the dementia agenda on an international stage. It also covered the future role of local government in dementia care and how City-level devolution can be harnessed towards co-ordinated, person-centred dementia care.