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Rare Dementia Project Update

The Rare Dementia Project which is funded by DSDT is progressing very well. This project, by the charity Rare Dementia Support (https://www.raredementiasupport.org), supported by DSDT focuses on producing high quality information and interviews about the various rare forms of dementia.   The project has produced 4 interviews with experts about the rare dementias and they are available on the website here:

The Treasure We Seek wraps up with a Report

The project was launched on 27th of July 2021. The two goals this project had were to create two online resources, one for the general public and the other which highlights the importance of finding the good in relationships with people who have advanced dementia.   The first resource is called Valuables and can be accessed here: https://thetreasureweseek.net/resource-1 This

Sri T.S. Santhanam Centre for Elderly Care in Chennai India Opened Recently Supported by DSDT

"The number of elderly persons in India is at present 143 million - 10.3% of the total population - and will increase to 300 million (20% of the total population) in 2050. Number of persons with dementia in India is currently estimated to be around 53 lakhs and will increase to more than 1 crore in 2040. Most persons with dementia in India are cared for by their families in their homes who are affected either directly or indirectly. Most of the primary caregivers of persons with dementia...

3Wheelin’ Progress Report

April 2021 was a busy month for the 3Wheelin' Project, which was funded by DSDT in the latest Disruption Awards. The team were working hard: they contacted the project’s working partners and agreed the programme’s activities and the name of the Trishaw. Plus they ordered a Trishaw, which will be delivered soon, but which was delayed in transit.   In May, 3Wheelin’ produced an online learning and portal self-service portal:

Continuing Success of the Dementia Friendly Outdoor Spaces Project

The project, Paths for All, funded by DSDT and based at Oatridge Agricultural College in West Lothian, Scotland, aims to provide an example and guidance for dementia friendly outdoor spaces. Find out more here. The works have resumed at Oatridge over the past couple of weeks and are almost complete. In the past month, Paths for All held two workshops, one on dementia friendly design...

DSDT’s Position on Heading the Ball in Football

The Dementia Services Development Trust has noted the debate about heading the ball in football training for people under the age of 18. In the light of this, the DSDT supports the move to look into these matters, and whether the mitigating factors such as new ball technology and changes in youth training have made the game very low risk for these injuries. It is not a new idea that head trauma from sports has a direct correlation with dementia and mortality relating to dementia. With the...

Long standing Trustee retires

Dr Cesar Rodriguez became a trustee of the DSDT in 2003 and has been one of our longest serving trustees. We are therefore sad that he has stepped back from this role but happy for him because he is moving to live in his native Spain, as he has retired from working in NHS Scotland. Cesar has played a leading role in developing services for people with dementia throughout Scotland but especially in NHS Tayside where he was a consultant in psychiatry of old age and an...

Child Brain Health and Dementia

In 2021 the DSDT is going to have a focus on child brain health and dementia. There is anecdotal evidence of a causal link between the combination of deprivation in early life or any other adverse childhood experiences such as bereavement, and the development of dementia in later life. There have been recent academic studies in Japan,1 Spain,2 and Finland3 of the links between childhood experiences and dementia, but child brain health and physical welfare...

Disruption Awards 2020 – applications now open – deadline extended to September 4

After funding five successful projects in 2019 the Trustees are now looking for new ideas to support in 2020 with grants of up to £10,000. DSDT stage...

Falling Walls Conference: The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year

This is an annual conference in Berlin that celebrates the bringing down of the Berlin Wall. Professor June Andrews, adviser to the Dementia Trust, presented at the conference in 2016 and has been regularly invited to attend. This year, the organizers have designed a completely new concept which will allow you and your institution to get actively involved. They will set the digital stage for an incredible array of breakthroughs in a broad spectrum of relevant scientific fields. They...

Loud and Clear – a celebration of dementia activism in Scotland

The Trust was delighted to hear this week of the launch of a book and a short film celebrating the activism of people with dementia in Scotland. You can access them here. Those taking part in the project include Professor Mary Marshall, founder director of the Dementia Services Development Centre, whose pioneering work is recognised by the people with dementia in the book...

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, governance, partnership working, who also have energy and enthusiasm to donate to our cause. The Trust meets four times each year and Trustees make some commitments between each meeting, for example taking part in networking and fundraising...

Professor June Andrews and River City’s Alison Peebles discuss dementia awareness

Following on from the success of the film “We Need to Talk about Dementia” the Trust has been advising on the story line in the popular BBC series “River City”. In this short interview, Alison Peebles and Professor June Andrews discuss the depiction of dementia in fiction. Watch We Need to Talk About Dementia on our website alongside video interviews with dementia experts, tackling a range of important...

DSDT WORK WITH DEMCARES IN SCARF IN CHENNAI, INDIA

BACKGROUND  The collaboration between the DSDT and colleagues in DEMCARES in Chennai, India officially started in November 2016 when a proposal was tabled at that month’s Trustees Meeting. DEMCARES (Dementia Care in SCARF) is part of SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation), a leading mental health non-profit organisation based in Chennai (former Madras) which, with a population of over 7 million people, is the capital of the south west state of Tamil...

Dementia Trust Breaks Down Barriers

Dementia Charity Showcases Innovative Dementia Projects that will change the lives of people with dementia. Reframing dementia The Dementia Services Development Trust will hold a showcase event in Edinburgh on February 7th at the Quartermile HQ of Morton Fraser. This event will show results from five exceptional projects undertaken by experts supported by...

Try out this new learning tool!

People living with dementia, nursing students, and Focus Games Ltd. with the research team at Queens University Belfast have together created “the Dementia Game”.  This puzzle, supported by DSDT, aims to disrupt public perception of dementia. The game is available here at  https://www.dementiagame.com It was piloted with over 400 university students.  The game changed attitudes about dementia for the better. Already over 2000 people...

DSDT Disruption Awards
HOW TO APPLY

The Trust is calling for proposals for projects that will generate new thinking about dementia. We have been supporting improvements for people dementia and their carers for over thirty years.  In 2012, the European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) held a workshop entitled 'Reframing Dementia' in Dundalk in Ireland. This focussed on how to develop and promote new perspectives in...

News from the Chair

As a new initiative, a news item will appear on the website after the quarterly meeting of the trustees.  Here is the news from the December meeting from Dr. Ken Logue.

Seasons’ greetings to our supporters and followers!  

The Trustees met early in December.  A major...

Letter from the Chair

This is my first letter since I took up the Chair of the Trust, and I’m glad to say that we are not losing Dr Logue who will continue to serve as a Trustee, still bringing his long experience of the voluntary sector and grant making to the table. The Trust has got off to a good start in 2019 with the announcement of five successful applicants for Dementia Disruption awards (see details in the project section of the website). We are looking forward to seeing their progress, and will...

Angus Mitchell obituary

The Trust was sad to hear of the passing of one of our founder trustees, Dr Angus Mitchell CB, CVO, MC, at the end of February. Angus was a war hero, and a distinguished senior civil servant, and continued to work for others throughout his life. His obituary in the Scotsman describes a long and illustrious career. Angus was very supportive as...

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...

Kiltwalk Dundee

The Trust is very grateful to all the people who have raised funds for our work over the years.  Last year Pauline Cumming did the Kiltwalk Dundee for the Trust. She says “Well the Kiltwalk itself went very well on Sunday and we were blessed with a glorious day. My friend and I completed our 11 miles in a little over 3.5 hours. My fundraising total is currently at £220 pounds … The even better news is that The Hunter Foundation will add 40% to however much I...

Frank Hitchman

It is with great sadness that the Trust notes the passing of Frank Hitchman. Through his efforts, Frank led to transformation in the lives of many thousands of people with dementia and their carers. Frank Hitchman played an important role in his support of the Trust. He led a group of people who raised around £3 million to create the DSDC building (the Iris Murdoch Building) which was the first dementia friendly public building in the world when it was opened in 2003.  The DSDC has...

Honour for Trustee

A Trustee of the DSDT is among those honoured in Her Majesty’s 90th birthday honours list. Bruce Wood, who is the Queen’s solicitor in Scotland is a partner in the Edinburgh office of Morton Fraser and a former chairman of the firm. He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO). His appointment to the Queen is a personal one.