Dementia Awareness Week

It's Dementia Awareness Week and Abbeyfield are supporting the campaign by posting a series of items from dementia thought-leaders who are changing the way we think about dementia. 

In a first for Abbeyfield, we are hosting a series of moving, insightful and inspiring presentations that will be posted here each day of Dementia Awareness Week. 

Some of the nation’s leading dementia care professionals and people living with the condition are participating in the series. They will speak candidly about the effects the brain disease can have upon an individual and their family and friends, and champion the need for better public understanding and engagement.

There's a new presentation each day, and here's today's: 

Housing and Dementia Care 

Sue Garwood, Dementia Lead for the Housing LIN, talks about the role of housing within dementia care. She chats candidly about her work, her passion for changing attitudes to the role the housing sector can play in enabling people with a severe loss of mental ability to live well in their own homes, and her dreams for an inclusive, dementia friendly society.

Click here to download the questions form this interview. 

Importance of Person Centered Care 

Professor Dawn Brooker is internationally recognised for her work on developing person centred dementia care. In this presentation specially recorded for Abbeyfield, Dawn explains why valuing the person and people, supporting individual lives, understanding personal views, and providing socially supportive environments, is crucial to improving dementia care and helping alleviate the fears surrounding it.

The Role of Carers and Why They Matter

Ruth is a founding director and vice-chair of the Life Story Network and chair of the Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance. In her broadcast, that has been specially recorded for Abbeyfield, Ruth talks about the role of carers, why they matter, and the importance of focusing on the person rather than the condition so we can all connect and value the humanity we share. 






Refusing to be Defined by Dementia 

Keith Oliver was 55 and working as a head teacher in a Kent primary school when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on New Year’s Eve 2010. Now, he is an author, a speaker, and an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society.  

Here he talks candidly about his refusal to be defined by his dementia, the realities day-to-day life, and sharing his brain with an "unwanted and unwelcome guest."

Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 here:

Research into Dementia Housing

Dr Julie Barrett from HDRC, and working in conjunction with Worcester University, talks about developments in housing research and the impact it has on people with dementia.


The Housing and Dementia Research Consortium are a UK-wide network of around 100 housing and care providers, commissioners and other interested parties, including academics, architects, advisers, researchers, policymakers. They are committed to research and knowledge exchange across the sector. 



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