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Dementia research

Kingston and St George’s is collaborating on a number of new initiatives to support and improve the lives of people living with dementia in positive and meaningful ways

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Kingston and St George’s is leading research in a number of key areas including people living with dementia and their families and carers. There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021 and around 80% of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems*.

To help address this growing problem, we are collaborating on a number of new initiatives to support and improve the lives of people with Dementia in positive and meaningful ways. We are bringing together service users, carers and students to increase understanding of psychological, social and spiritual needs, improve communications skills and to encourage greater confidence when working with people with Dementia.

Key projects currently in development:

  • Communication And Respect for people with Dementia;  Student learning (CARDS)
  • Active Residents in Care Homes Programme (ARCH)
  • Support of the informal caregiver in long term care of elderly people (BREATHE)
  • Darzi Fellowship: development of a tool for care staff in care homes to recognise the early stages of dementia
  • The multi-sensory environment in dementia care : the role of design
  • Mindfulness training for carers of dementia sufferers
  • Creative writing and early stage dementia

Professor Vari Drennan is also part of a pan-university research team led by University College London who were awarded a £2 million Department of Health National/ Institute for Health Research (DH/NIHR) Programme Grant for Applied Research for a suite of studies entitled ”EVIDEM: Changing practice in dementia care in the community: developing and testing evidence-based interventions, from timely diagnosis to end of life (see www.evidem.org.uk) . Professor Drennan led the work on improving continence care for people with dementia living at home.
(*Source: the Alzheimer’s Society)