Study into factors impacting living well with dementia - Alzheimer's Society comment

The Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL) programme, which is part-funded by Alzheimer’s Society, has found that psychological health has the biggest impact on the ability for people affected by dementia to “live well".

Responding to a study out today from the Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL) cohort, which is part-funded by Alzheimer’s Society, which has found that psychological health has the biggest impact on people affected by dementia feeling able to “live well” with the condition.

Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'People with dementia have the right to live well - however without clear definition it can be hard to determine what "living well" really means.

'After looking at several factors, the IDEAL programme has found that psychological health has the biggest impact on people affected by dementia living well.'

'Too many people face dementia alone without adequate support, and interventions that improve self-esteem, challenge negative perceptions towards ageing and reduce depression or loneliness could all help improve the psychological health of people affected.

'Research will beat dementia and while we strive to find a cure, we also need to improve life for the 850,000 people with dementia in the UK today.

'Alzheimer’s Society is proud to be supporting this study and looking further into these interventions - as well funding over £12m of other research to improve dementia care.'
 

Aiming for an IDEAL world

IDEAL is a research project based at the University of Exeter, an Alzheimer's Society Centre of Excellence. The centres are our biggest single investments into research to improve dementia care.

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