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University of Worcester announces A national and international centre of excellence in training, education and research in dementia studies.

Fri 6th February, 2015 by EMPAF - SIGNPOSTING

We are very proud to announce that our doctoral training centre is announced today by the Alzheimer’s Society – one of 8 in the country with a total spend of over £5million form the Alzheimer’s Society to really make a difference in building research capacity in dementia cure and care in the UK

Our joint centre will focus on studying The Arts and Dementia and will be known as TAnDEM. It is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham.

Between 2015-2018 TAnDEM will support a number of full-time PhD students to investigate important aspects of the potential for creative arts to help people living with dementia. This willbuild research capacity and create new knowledge about the impact of arts-based activities and interventions for people living with dementia, their families, friends and professionals (artists and health and care).

The lead at Worcester is Professor Dawn Brooker with other members of the supervisory teamincluding Dr Simon Evans, Professor Elizabeth Peel, Professor Eleanor Bradley, Dr Karan Jutlla and Claire Garabedian. Professor Justine Schneider is the lead from Nottingham with Professor Tom Dening, Dr Victoria Tischler, Professor Amanda Griffiths also being part of the team there. We are so pleased to be working with Nottingham on this. There is real synergy between our two centres.

The topic is an important one in dementia. Many families and people working in care know the enjoyment and sense of purpose that singing, music, dancing and creating art work can bring to people at all stages of dementia. As dementia progresses, more cognitive based pastimes can be a challenge but the creative abilities are always open to us.

This research programme will enable us to have a concentrated focus to identify how we can use these creative drives for the most benefit to people living with dementia. We will investigate how we can use creativity to help people feel connected to others. In addition we can explore how to evaluate the therapeutic benefits of creativity. We will also explore whether there are particular activities that are more effective at different stages of dementia and the interplay with past preferences and lifestyle. Knowing the answers to these questions will have a benefit to people with dementia and their families.

Professor Dawn Brooker PhD CPsychol (clin) AFBPsS

Director of the Association for Dementia Studies

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester

WR2 6AJ

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