14:Live will be returning for its second run on the 24th February 14:00-14:45 at the same location, Poole House Refectory, next to papa johns. This is open to all staff and students and I am pleased to welcome Dr Samuel Nyman, senior lecturer in Psychology.
Title of talk: Enhancing care services for people with dementia
The Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) was established in May 2012 with a mission to make a positive influence on the lives of people with dementia. BUDI is made up of a multidisciplinary team that provides education, consultancy and evaluation, and research on a range of topics. One theme of BUDI is concerned with enhancing services that provide health and social care for people with dementia and their carers. This talk will present the findings of two studies under this theme.
The first study explored the social care needs of people with dementia who also have a visual impairment. Interviews with people in their own homes illuminated areas where services could be improved. The second study evaluated a service that supports people with dementia and their carers who are living at home. Interviews with staff and service users from the urban and rural areas identified important differences in how these two social care services operated, and the implications on care provision.
The talk will end by briefly mentioning current work under this theme and this year’s new Masterclasses and Master’s degree in dementia.
It would be great to see you all there to listen to what’s going to be a very interesting talk about some of the BUDI institutes study, and just to give you that little bit more incentive to come along, there will be 30 x tokens for the first 30 audience members to be exchanged for a FREE individual Papa Johns Pizza at the end of the talk, plus lots of free tea & coffee, water & juices, dont miss out!
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Today BUDI held our third annual Carers Forum where a local solicitor talked to our members about why and how to set up of power of attorney (attracting huge interest and a barrage of questions from our carers illustrating the importance of this issue, for all of us, not just those who have dementia) and from a local GP, who has been the lynch pin in creating the UKs first Dementia Friendly GP surgery right here in Dorset. Running in parallel with the carers forum was our partners programme where people with dementia had the opportunity to use some of the technologies we have innovatively used in some of our other projects where we have been running technology groups for people with dementia in rural Dorset and in the Bournemouth Borough. To end the day we showed for the first time our recently compiled video of the BUDI Orchestra which brings together some of the views of those who participated in this project, BU students, BSO musicians and most importantly, people with dementia and their carers. The perceptions of Jane Stitchbury, the current High Sheriff of Dorset who opened the performance in June 2014, and who shares her views on the BUDI orchestra, reflect the feedback we gathered from the general public who viewed the performance. We would be interested in hearing what you think about the orchestra.
Last week we were on a study visit to Italy and were lucky enough to visit and meet Italian colleagues from four regions who are doing some pretty innovative work in their respective work places. Of particular interest to us was a museum project in Rome (given our visit to MOMA last year and the workshops they delivered last month for staff and students and also museum and heritage workers from across the UK), and two music projects, one a music therapy project in the North of Italy run, and another violin group in Rome (as we have our ongoing BSO/BUDI orchestra project) but what I ended up being surprised and really excited about was the work of a colleague, Dr Andrea Fabbo, a geriatrician who is responsible for dementia services for the Local Health Trust in Modena, an area devastated by an earthquake a few years ago but with the silver lining of many new dementia projects being funded as a result. The images included in this post are great examples to ‘myth bust’ the risk aversion that is often shown to those living with dementia. Those who attend the services in Modena are encouraged to cook, to garden and to swim, normal activities that are too often denied to those living with dementia who may lose some of their abilities to undertake such tasks and rather than assist them to retain their skills with the changes in their cognitive abilities too often these tasks are performed by others in well meaning attempts to provide the support people with dementia need. We were lucky to meet innovative academics and practitioners on our trip, but our Italian colleagues were clear that these type of project are highly unusual in Italy where a traditional clinical approach is taken based on a biomedical understanding of dementia, but as you can see from the images here Andrea and his team have created a fantastic example of psycho-social support for those living with dementia that promote social inclusion and fun for those with dementia.
This week is the designated UK Dementia awareness week. We kick started our contributions early with our 3rd annual public meeting on the 14 May focusing on Dementia Friendly Environments where we also gave a preview of our new video which we are launching this week as part of BUs commitment to raising awarenss about dementia – click here to view what local people with dementia and carers have said what it is like to live with dementia in Dorset:
We had a stand at the weekend at the London Annual Care Show aimed at the general public to raise awareness of dementia. We are also doing a cake sale today in the atrium all proceeds to the Alzheimer Society music groups which is in keeping with our current BSO project focusing on the power of music on the well-being of those with dementia – the BU Baking Club and BUDI team have made some scrummy looking cakes – I am sure they will go fast!
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