Title: (Don’t) Mention Dementia
Funder: Bournemouth University Public Engagement Fund
Research team: BUDI and Derek Eland (Artist)
Dates: January 2013 – July 2013
This project seeks to explore and collect perceptions of the general public about dementia and also the views and experiences of those with dementia/living with memory loss in order to challenge public perception.
Title: Tales of the Sea
Funder: Bournemouth University
Research team: Paola Palma, Clare Cutler
Dates: February 2013 – October 2013
Bournemouth University Dementia Institute and Applied Sciences have joined forces to create the Tales of the Sea project. This project fuses maritime archaeology and dementia research, to create a series of interactive marine archaeological sessions specifically for people with dementia. Five venues in the Bournemouth area will be selected to host sessions where BU staff and students will deliver a maritime archaeological experience to an audience who may not normally engage in such activities. These sessions are designed to be educational, stimulating and inclusive.
Participants will be encouraged to take part in the interactive activities which will include a mini marine archaeological excavation and the handling of maritime objects and archaeological replica’s. The activities are specifically designed to encourage interaction and sensory participation for those with dementia. We hope that the participants will have their own Tales of the Sea to share!
Title: Decreasing spatial disorientation: towards dementia friendly environments
Funder: FIF, Co-Creation and Co-Production strand (CCCP), BU
Research Team: Jan Wiener, Mariela Gaete-Reyes
Date: February 2013 – December 2013
Spatial disorientation is among the earliest indicators of dementia, an increasingly common condition in our ageing society that currently costs the UK £23 billion annually. We aim to develop an inter-disciplinary eye-tracking research programme to investigate factors that affect spatial disorientation in people with dementia. Data gathered will be used to formulate design principles for dementia-friendly care homes, reducing care costs, and leading to new knowledge with significance and reach. Students from DEC, HSC and the Media School will collaborate as researchers, increasing their skills through immersive experience on a well-designed, cutting-edge research programme using advanced technology.
Title: Guildcare Service Evaluation
Research team: Anthea Innes, Mariela Gaete-Reyes, Ben Hicks
Dates: January 2013 – January 2014
Guild Care have commissioned a new build dementia care home and their aim is to develop a new care ethos to implement within this dementia friendly environment and to extend this philosophy across the organisation. As part of the process Guild Care have commissioned an independent consultancy evaluation project to be carried out by Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI). The project examines the existing model and ethos of dementia care at one of the existing Guild Care’s facilities to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current model of provision. The purpose is to provide independent evidence and advice to enable Guild Care to develop and then implement this model in the new facility, incorporating the best practice currently established within the organisation with the latest developments in dementia care research, policy and practice.
Title: Dementia Friendly Communities
Funder: NHS South England Dementia Challenge Fund
Research team: Anthea Innes and Clare Cutler (evaluation team)
Dates: April 2013 – March 2014
This project is working alongside 10 agency partners from across the region to develop dementia friendly communities.
Title: End of Life project
Funder: NHS South England Dementia Challenge Fund
Research team: Anthea Innes, Clare Cutler, Mariela Gaete Reyes and Poole Hospital NHS Trust
Dates: April 2013 – March 2014
Information to follow
Title: KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership)
Funder: Brendoncare and Bournemouth University
Research Team: Christopher Poyner, Anthea Innes, Francesca Dekker
Date: January 2013 – June 2013
The Brendoncare Foundation and the Technology Strategy Board have commissioned the academic expertise at BUDI to lead a consultation with the aim of informing their new model of care, ‘Shared Care’.
Shared Care will be the first Brendoncare model of provision which has the principle aim of improving the quality of life for those living with dementia. The study, which has taken the form of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, will provide independent consultation with people with dementia, their informal carers, formal care staff and the general population local to the development. Further to this, the KTP associate will aid various departments at Brendoncare, to fulfil any objectives which require completion in order to make Shared Care a reality.
The outcome of this collaboration will be the production of a well informed and rigorously developed model of care for those living with dementia, which is innovative in its approach, and guided by the experiences of those living with the condition.
Title: Internationalising Dementia Education and Research
Funder: Santander Staff Mobility and Networking strand of the Fusion Investment Fund
Research Team: Mariela Gaete-Reyes, Anthea Innes, Michele Board (Education) and Ben Hicks (Colombian University).
Date: July 2013 to August 2013
The aim of this project is to develop networks and collaborative work with colleagues working in dementia related areas in Overseas Santander Partner Universities in Colombia and Chile. Dementia is becoming a problem of public health in Latin America. Research shows that the prevalence of this condition in Latin American countries is similar to developed countries. However, there is a higher incidence of dementia in fairly young individuals aged from 65-69 years old, which can be a consequence of the link between low educational level and lower cognitive reserve (Nitrini, et.al., 2009). Diagnosis rates in developing countries are lower than in developed countries making access to treatment, care and support more difficult for people with dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease International). In spite of this, social research in dementia and education in dementia care are still scarce in Latin America. This proposal seeks to contribute in filling this gap through achieving two objectives. The first is to test the ‘Living well with dementia’ course, created and delivered by BUDI in Universidad del Rosario in Colombia with the view of exporting it to other parts of Latin America in the future. The second objective is to develop a collaborative research grant proposal that takes the shape of a comparative study about social/cultural constructions of dementia in the UK and Chile and how such constructions influence public policy and practice relating to dementia and services for people living with dementia and their families. BU and specifically BUDI’s work in dementia will be disseminated internationally bringing possibilities for sustainable academic collaboration with top universities of Colombia and Chile.
Title: Maltese Hospital Project‘Environmental, psychosocial and pharmacotherapeutic assessment of dementia care in Maltese hospital wards’
Funder: University of Malta (Euros 42,000)
Research team: Professor Anthea Innes (BU), Dr. Charles Scerri (University of Malta), Dr. Stephen Abela (Department of the Elderly, Malta), Dr. Fiona Kelly (University of Stirling)
Dates: February 2011 – December 2013
The main objective of this research is to gain an understanding of the psychosocial and pharmacotherapeutic management of individuals with dementia in two hospital wards in Malta. The project aims to explore the special needs and the impact of dementia on the lives of these individuals in the hope of enhancing current and future dementia care locally. Data will be collected on the physical environment of the ward, the psychosocial care, staff perceptions of care and pharmacotherpeutic management of dementia at two time periods to allow for an exploration of improvement and change following the detailed recommendations provided after year 1 data collection.
Title: Match Funded PhD
Funder: BU & AgeUK Dorchester
Research team: Ben Hicks, Professor Anthea Innes, Dr. Sam Nyman, Dr. Marilyn Cash
Date: October 2012 - October 2015
This is a BU Matched funding PhD proposal on the subject of: “Older men with dementia in rural areas: an exploration of the potential for computer game technology to promote physical, social and mental well-being”.