Projects

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 artists work with people with dementia and their families.  Nurses and care assistants working care home settings and hospital settings are often excited to be involved with art projects, but they may not have the experience or knowledge to make sure that the process is safe and well managed. The...

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 needs to happen. The policies that have sustained dementia that have brought us to this place show that dementia was high on the old agenda for at least a...

Disruption Awards, 2018

The Dementia Services Development Trust (DSDT) is calling for proposals for short projects that will generate new thinking about dementia. There is a public perception of dementia as an aggressive and merciless illness. It has been described as “the never-ending funeral”. Very often media coverage reinforces this extremely unhelpful perception by publishing messages of hope about “cures” that are highly speculative or even fake news.  This leads to...

Raising awareness internationally

An international conference addressed by Baroness Joan Bakewell exploring global dimensions of dementia took place in Birmingham in October 2015 as part of the Dementia Festical of Ideas. The conference ran at The Vox, Birmingham on November 3rd and 4th 2015 with participation across the board from those involved in supporting people with dementia and their carers, both in the UK and internationally.  It ran concurrently with the Care Show 2015, the largest health and social care...

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 Project”. Dementia mainly affects old people towards the end of life. Caring for this generation is increasingly difficult because of the rising cost of private or state care and the ageing population.  More and more old people are now and will be dependent on families and communities to support...

Atlantic Philanthropies

Twelve established artists in Northern Ireland funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies through the Dementia Services Development Trust have been working to break boundaries and cross borders in dementia thinking.  The term “Reframing” is taken from research that was undertaken at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuvin, Belgium.   The research showed that there is a public perception of dementia which is reinforced by the media, giving rise to unhelpful responses where people feel insecure...