Effective communication, co-operation and co-ordination between all those involved in caring for a person with dementia are essential for providing a level of care that assures dignity and quality of life for the person with dementia and their carers.
Our research into care is aimed at ensuring that the best possible care is delivered, improving quality of life.
Focused Intervention Training and Support (FITS)
The programme aimed to train staff to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms safely, without the need for medication. The programme was rolled out in 100 care homes across the UK, with the support of the Department of Health, the University of Worcester and HC-One care homes.
'Caring for Me and You' trial to support carers
Alzheimer's Society is currently funding a large trial to see if online therapy and support can benefit carers of people with dementia.
Carers have told us that they often struggle with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression and finding the time to go and see a doctor or therapist can be difficult. This trial aims to find out whether delivering therapy and support packages online can help carers to manage stress
Alzheimer's Society funds four types of research grant: Project grants, Research fellowships, PhD studentships and Dissemination grants. Below is a list of our current research projects sorted by grant type.
- Improving diagnosis and support services for people with younger onset dementia (University College London)
- Investigating the best ways to put dementia care research into practice (University of Exeter)
- Investigating the effectiveness and acceptability of GPS technology for people with dementia (University of Southampton)
- Developing better ways to talk to people with Alzheimer's disease about their illness (University of the West of England)
- After the Liverpool Care Pathway - What next for people with dementia? (University College London)
- Perceptions and experiences of children and young people with a parent with dementia (University of Sheffield)
- Facilitating early diagnosis of dementia (University College London)
- Diagnosis of dementia by measuring proteins in blood (Newcastle University)
- Dementia in the workplace (University of the West of Scotland)
- What causes visual hallucinations in dementia with Lewy bodies? (Newcastle University)
- Helping people with learning disabilities to access non-drug treatments for dementia symptoms (University of Stirling)
- Helping UK-based care homes to provide better care for people with advanced dementia (University of Worcester)
- Enabling people with dementia to access and understand assistive technology (Newcastle University)
- A non-drug intervention to prevent depression in early-stage dementia (University College London)
- Understanding eating and drinking difficulties for people with dementia in care homes (Clinical Training Fellowship) (University of Bradford)
- Understanding the role of delirium in dementia development (Clinical Training Fellowship) (Newcastle University)
- Understanding the needs and experiences of people affected by dementia in rural areas (University of Nottingham)
- How being obliged, willing and prepared to care affects carers' well-being (University of Bradford)
- Developing a programme to reduce the risk of falls in people with dementia (Clinical Training Fellowship) (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust)
- Exploring the experiences of diagnostic imaging for people with dementia (Clinical Training Fellowship) (University of Bradford)
- Understanding the risks and benefits of using blood pressure medication in dementia (University of Nottingham)
- How has our changing lifestyle affected brain health over time? (University of Newcastle)
- Understanding what makes good dementia-friendly initiatives in health care (University of Hertfordshire)
- Developing a night-time care programme for people with dementia with sleep disturbance in care homes (King's College London)
- Improving diagnosis of a type of frontotemporal dementia using brain scans (University College London)
- Developing objective measures of the 'self' in dementia (University of Bradford)
- How does the 'culture' within a nursing home influence the prescription of certain drugs (Queen's University, Belfast)
- A minimal interference technique to improve memory in people with Alzheimer's (University of Edinburgh)
- Disseminating the START coping intervention for family carers of people with dementia (University College London)