dementia

A  lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she’s ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book – staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old...

As Covid-19 isolation and lockdown measures were introduced, the uncertainty of not knowing what was to come led to increased feelings of anxiety and a yearning for social connection. We were instructed to distance ourselves, to stay away from other people as much as we...

I completed my training in 2011 and worked in a range of special educational needs settings, in adult mental health, then most recently in a child development service for an NHS Trust. But back in 2006 I was researching what music therapy is, and I had perhaps my first...

Since starting my Assistant Psychologist post in a memory assessment service in April, I have learnt a lot about the older generations and I feel extremely lucky to acquire some of their wisdom and life lessons at this early stage in my career. In a memory assessment service...

Dementia is a set of cognitive symptoms affecting memory, attention, planning, language, visuospatial skills and orientation, mainly in those over 65. Dementia is caused by neural diseases, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Psychology has an important role to...

It was February 2017. I had just started working for a local charity, providing support to vulnerable adults in the community. I was still getting my head around the role when I received a referral for someone whom I shall here refer to as Bill. The referral stated that Bill...

A pop-up café which brings together arts, research and information on dementia is set to tour the UK starting this month. The Imagination Café, founded by University of West London Professor of Arts and Health and Head of Dementia Care, Victoria Tischler, will visit Llandudno...

At some unspecified time in the future Marjorie (Lois Smith) is an 80-year-old widow living with dementia. Her daughter Tess (Gena Davis) and John, her son-in-law (Tim Robbins), arrange for a holographic representation of her husband, Walter, to be present in their house. The...

When a child is born we expect them to be welcomed into the world by celebration. But what if this was replaced by sympathy? For the parents, for the child and their assumed lack of future prospects? This is the reality for the children brought into the world with three...

As a dementia researcher without a television I first heard about the documentary Grandad, Dementia and Me via Twitter. There are many people with dementia active on Twitter and most of those that I follow had an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the documentary....