Recently, I was fortunate enough to represent BUDI at a one day expert group in Paris for the Fondation Mederic Alzheimer. The foundation was set up in 1999 to promote research into dementia care. The title of this seminar was ‘Technology and Alzheimer’s Disease’ with a focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a means to support the independent living and well-being of people with dementia and their care partners. A group of experts from a broad range of academic disciplines including psychology, sociology, engineering and robotics were assembled to discuss the topic and outline ways to advance the area..
As expected, when bringing together a group of experts from different academic fields, the discussions were lively and thought provoking. As a PhD student undertaking research on commercial technology and dementia from a sociologist perspective, it was incredibly valuable to hear the train of thought of other academics in differing disciplines. Being part of the event and having the chance to contribute to research along with other esteemed academics (many of whom I have referenced extensively throughout my PhD thesis) was a great privilege and the links made at the event will certainly be beneficial as I finish my PhD and begin my journey as an early career researcher (The food was also incredible- The French can certainly ‘do’ food!). The seminar was recorded and the information provided will be written up for publication in a journal. For those who are interested in reading about the informative and lively discussions, I will post a link on the blog to the paper once it has been published.
Last Friday (12/12/14), the BUDI Orchestra celebrated this festive season with a Christmas Carol Concert in the Atrium, Talbot Campus. They performed classics such as, ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘White Christmas’ and a very moving rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’. The event was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by both performers and spectators alike.
BUDI would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone that attended the concert, with extra thanks to all of the staff who gave their support so the morning could run so smoothly.
We will be starting a new orchestral group in the New Year. If you know someone living with dementia that might enjoy getting involved with the group, please contact me for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us as we celebrate this festive season with classics such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Jingle Bells’ performed by members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and local people with dementia and their carers.
When? Friday, 12th December 2014, 11am – 12noon.
Where? The Atrium (by Starbucks), Poole House, Talbot Campus.
We’d love to see you there!
For more information about this event, please contact: email@example.com.
The BUDI Orchestra during their final rehearsal.
On 15th October, I presented at a three-day conference at Linkoping University in Sweden on Life with Dementia 2014: Relations. There were two strands to the conference: communication and citizenship and I predominantly attended the citizenship parallel sessions as this is where I am currently focused. The conference was attended by delegates from universities in Sweden, the UK, Norway, Japan, Canada and USA, all with an interest in working and campaigning to promote the rights and inclusion of people with dementia as equal citizens or partners in interaction. In the citizenship strand, there were presentations and key notes with questions and ideas on what citizenship and rights means in the context of people with dementia, with a particular challenge of what it means for people with more severe cognitive impairment. Throughout the conference, we heard, or spoke, about interdependence, human capabilities, opportunities rather than support, inclusive research methods, co-researching, parity of participation and transformative strategies to reduce social injustice. At the end of the conference, there was a separate meeting to work on capturing the enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring people with dementia remain equal citizens, so we formed the ‘citizenship and dementia international research network’, with a view to collaborating on writing, presenting at conferences, campaigning and working on research ideas. Anyone interested in hearing more, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org