Dementia friendly communities: supported learning and outreach with the deaf community

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, December 2015

There is strong evidence of a link between hearing loss and dementia. People with mild hearing loss have nearly twice the chance of going on to develop dementia as people without any hearing loss. From January 2014 until July 2015, bespoke resources for the Deaf community were developed and delivered collaboratively by Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland and British Deaf Association (BDA).

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Dementia: through the eyes of women

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation project aimed to inspire people to think differently about women and dementia by using stories and reflections from individual women to inform the debate in a unique, inspiring and insightful way.

Click here to learn more about the project and to download the report.

Dementia without Walls – reflections from people with dementia

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

Two reports bring together the reflections of ten people with dementia who were involved in different aspects of the JRF Dementia Without Walls project. One report reflects on the programme itself, while the other reflects on how people with dementia have been involved.

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How can ‘positive risk-taking’ help build dementia-friendly communities?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 11 November 2014

Managing risk can dominate everyday practice in dementia care. However, based on learning from approaches developed in statutory mental health services, the benefits of ‘positive risk-taking’ can outweigh the negative effect of avoiding risk altogether. This Viewpoint report explores the ways in which:

  • The focus of positive risk-taking is on making good decisions; it is the taking of calculated and reasoned risks, not leaving things to chance.
  • It is all too easy to see the negatives around someone living with dementia and to remain oblivious to their capabilities and potential.
  • A dementia-friendly neighbourhood or community is good for everyone, from individuals to businesses; it is not just about accommodating people living with dementia

Click here to download the report.