Dementia without walls – Creating a dementia friendly York

October 24, 2012

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Follow this link for the full-text of the report: Creating a dementia-friendly York

Date of publication: 4th October 2012

In a nutshell:   What does it take to become a dementia-friendly city?

The York Dementia Without Walls project looked into what’s needed to make York a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia-friendly communities can better support people in the early stages of their illness, maintaining confidence and boosting their ability to manage everyday life. Working with people with dementia, the research team investigated how local resources can be harnessed to this end, provided there is enough awareness.

As part of this project, the team also worked with groups of people with dementia to create a dementia-friendly summary of the research.

The project found that:

  • It’s about the whole community – we can all contribute and we can all gain.
  • We all need to understand better what it means to live with dementia. Training, information should be easy to access and well promoted.
  • It’s not just about new things – York already has so much to offer.
  • People with dementia should be central to planning for the future, and we also need to exploit the potential of technology to improve lives.

Length of publication:  68 pages


The village where people have dementia – and fun – Holland has developed an innovative, humane and apparently affordable way of caring for people with dementia

September 5, 2012

Source: The Guardian

Follow this link for the full story: The village where people have dementia and fun  and   Podcast

Date of publication: 27th August 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell:   How is society to look after the ever-growing number of people with dementia? A curiously uplifting care home near Amsterdam may have the answers. Over the past few months, experts from around the world – Germany, the US, Australia, soon Britain.

Two core principles governed Hogewey’s award-winning design and inform the care that’s given here, says Van Zuthem. First, it aims to relieve the anxiety, confusion and often considerable anger that people with dementia can feel by providing an environment that is safe, familiar and human; an almost-normal home where people are surrounded by things they recognise and by other people with backgrounds, interests and values similar to their own. Second, “maximising the quality of people’s lives. Keeping everyone active. Focusing on everything they can still do, rather than everything they can’t. The cost is comparable to a standard nursing home facility, yet the rewards are priceless.

Dementia in a continually ageing population would mean the number of people is likely to double, to more than 65 million by 230, and treble 20 years later, as predicted by World Health Organisation.

In Britain, an Oxford University study puts the number of people with dementia at more than 800,000, rising to more than 1 million by 2025. We spend £23bn a year on caring for the condition in this country, double the sum we spend on cancer and three times that on heart disease. A quarter of UK hospital beds are now occupied by people with the condition.

In March David Cameron talked of a “national crisis”. As we live longer, and more and more of us develop the degenerative brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, which are the most common cause of the condition, how society cares for people with dementia, he said, has become “one of the greatest challenges of our time”.

Length of publication: website pages