Making Change Happen

The Dementia Services Development Trust celebrates over a quarter of a century of making things better for people with dementia and their carers. Starting with research and teaching, the Trust changed the way people think about building design, health and social care policy and improvement in health and social care services. Looking forward, we will support fundamental change in the way people think about this condition

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Making Change Happen

The Dementia Services Development Trust celebrates over a quarter of a century of making things better for people with dementia and their carers. Starting with research and teaching, the Trust changed the way people think about building design, health and social care policy and improvement in health and social care services. Looking forward, we will support fundamental change in the way people think about this condition

Current projects

 

Dementia – the Radical Agenda

The DSDT has been working in Northern Ireland for ten years, and in this film Professor June Andrews and Mark Butler spend time in Belfast talking about what has happened so far, and what still...

 

Supporting people with dementia through the arts

People living with dementia can gain a lot from art.  The Trust has produced a clear and simple guide that provides the practical information which will help make sure things run smoothly when...

 

Faith and dementia

People of all Faiths have come together to establish how we can work together to make life easier for people with dementia and their carers as part of the “Reframing Dementia...

Latest thinking

Stimulating Thinking – Iris

Iris is a series of thinkpieces launched in 2012 to address the issues that are shaping the future of dementia policy, care and practice.  Originally published on the website of the Dementia Services Development Centre they are now going to be available on this website. Stimulating thinking The Trust is grateful to its sponsors and partners for supporting the...

Dementia and Politics

Throughout 2015 and 2016 the Dementia Festival of Ideas funded by the Trust brought together leading politicians, clinicians, academics, policy specialists and communicators to reflect on the current state and future prospects of dementia and politics.  The wide-ranging discussion threw up some interesting and challenging differences in thinking.   A long extract from this discussion is...

Dementia Festival of Ideas

This was a year long exploration of the most stimulating thinking, writing and discussion on what dementia means in the 21st Century.  This exciting programme had something for everyone, including expert Master Classes, controversial blogs, participative events and on line discussion.  The Trust supported a major conference, a big survey and the development of radical thinking...

News

DSDT looking for new Trustees

The Dementia Services Development Trust (DSDT) is looking for new Trustees. The DSDT has been supporting improvements for people with dementia and their carers for almost 30 years.  We want Trustees with skills in consensus building,...

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A guide on church design

There have been great advances in the evidence base of design for people with dementia. This allows excellent guidance to be drafted out for people commissioning new buildings. Older buildings can be a great challenge, particularly if there are awkward design features that users of the building are very attached to. A good example of this is church architecture. Many older people attend churches which are old and beautiful, but may be difficult to navigate if you have sensory challenges. On the other hand, if the familiar building is changed to make it easier to navigate, it might confuse a person with cognitive impairment as in dementia. In response to this, after many years of...

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