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Welcome to the subject page for Dementia.

Currently (March 2023) about 944,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, by 2025 there will be over 1 million and by 2051 it is estimated there will be 2 million people living with dementia (Alzheimer’s Society, 2023).

The Prime Ministers challenge on dementia 2020 laid out 50 commitments that together aspire to make England the best country for dementia care and support.  The Implementation plan (2016) sets out how these committments would be met. Since then the Conservative Government has published Dementia: Applying all our health to provide advice and support on Dementia risk reduction.

This page signposts some relevant resources. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

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  • Books & Ebooks

    There are many, many books on dementia in the library.  This OneList (online reading lists) signposts some of them but use OneSearch to search for others.

    Below are three key ones that give a flavour of the dementia experience from various standpoints.

    Bryden, C. (2009) Dancing with dementia: my story of living positively with dementia Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. Since then she has gone on to challenge almost every stereotype of people with dementia by campaigning for self-advocacy, writing articles and speaking at national conferences.

    Brooker, D. (2016) Person centred dementia care 2nd ednExplaining the four key areas of person-centred care for people with dementia, Dawn Brooker provides a fresh definition to the important ideas that underpin the implementation and practice of dealing with this issue.

    Whitman, L. (2009) Telling tales about dementia: experiences of caring 30 carers of different ages, backgrounds and circumstances share their experiences of looking after a parent, partner or friend with dementia. Their stories reveal that the quality of diagnosis, treatment and care in the UK is, in many cases, unsatisfactory
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    Key documents

    Department of Health (2012) The Prime Ministers challenge on dementia

    Department of health (2009) Living well with dementia: A national dementia strategy

  • Journals & Eresources


    Journal of Dementia Care
    Although not peer reviewed this journal is grounded in practice and is the key journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia.  You will be able to search for articles in OneSearch but the journal is only available in print, so you will then need to locate the articles in the print journal held in the journal collections at Lancaster and Fusehill street libraries.

    Alzheimer's and Dementia
    The journal of the American Alzheimer's Association.  A medical focus but it does include some multidisciplinary articles.  Full-text online.

    If you want to search our individual subject specific collections for journal articles there are some suggestions below.



    New suite of Proquest databases purchased for 2016/17 including

    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals.  Bibliographic records for over 1000 journals.

    Sociology and social care collection, mostly full text.

    One of the largest bibliographic indexes for health.  Full text for more than 1,450 journals indexed, covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

    Academic Search Complete
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals.

    Cochrane Library
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventionsYour results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review.

    See the Eresources for Health tutorial for more information about discovering eresources.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    Evidently Cochrane -Dementia
    A blog from the Cochrane library highlighting relevant reviews

    SCIE Dementia Gateway
    A wide range of resources to help you understand dementia and ways to support those living with dementia.

    Elearning for Healthcare - Dementia
    A ten part training programme created for the NHS Workforce.  You need an NHS email to access the full course but some of the sessions are open access.

    Once for NES: Dementia
    NHS Scotland has created various resources and Learning programmes to support their workforce with the Promoting Excellence framework (Scottish Government , 2021). 

    SCIE - elearning resource on The Mental capacity Act.

    Social care TV - Dementia
    SCIE have produce 11 sort videos on the topic of Dementia.

    Alzheimer's society Youtube channel
    Real people and their personal experiences.



    Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia.  Lots of useful resources, particuarly for carers.

    Alzheimer’s Society
    The Alzheimer's society is a membership organisation which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Alzheimer's research UK
    the UK’s leading dementia research charity.  

    Dementia UK.
    A national charity, committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia through the provision of Admiral nurses and a national helpline.

    Dementia Action Alliance
    A group of organisations committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

    See also the Mental Health subject page for more suggestions.

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