Dementia is characterised by a decline of the brain and its abilities, causing effects such as memory loss and personality changes. It cannot be prevented and treatments merely delay the inevitable decline.
One in four people over the age of 80 is likely to develop dementia. By 2040, the number of people with dementia in the UK will double to 1.4m. Britain’s ageing population intensifies the need to provide easily accessible, trustworthy training materials to support the carers and families of those with dementia.
Our clinical and academic experts have worked with families and carers to produce an internet-based training centre aimed at improving the care and quality of life for people with dementia. The Improving Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA) site provides a range of quality resources and training materials, and offers online discussion groups to allow users to exchange information and support each other.
Funding from Impact: The Nottingham Campaign has enabled the development of a range of resources to support those caring for people with dementia. Projects include:
IDEA – launched in summer 2013, the IDEA site allows users to exchange information, gain support and develop their skills, enabling them to make a real difference to the care and quality of life for people with dementia.
Inside Out of Mind – a play which explores the experiences of healthcare assistants working in a dementia ward and raises awareness about caring for people with dementia and the issues and difficulties this can bring.
What will your Impact be?
Your support for Improving Dementia Education and Awareness will have a genuine impact on promoting effective training, which will improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers worldwide. To help make a difference, visit our donation page .
You can also make an impact by visiting the IDEA site and promoting wider awareness of how to improve the care of people with dementia.
There are many obstacles to creating and sustaining an adequately skilled dementia workforce...E-learning can help to solve many of these problems. Its advantages include low cost, convenience, and the ability to supply consistent, high-quality learning content tailored to individual needs.
Professor Justine Schneider, Professor of Mental Health and Social Care, The University of Nottingham
[Inside Out of Mind] was a very powerful and emotional presentation beautifully portrayed in such a compelling and sensitive way. It touched me deeply and I have given much thought to it since...I believe [it] would be an excellent tool to enlighten a wide cross-section of society.
Linda Francis, family carer