A ground-breaking research project to understand the needs and experiences of people affected by dementia in rural areas is to be carried out in Derbyshire’s Peak District.Over the next four years, Dr Fiona Marshall, Alzheimer’s Society Senior Research Fellow at The University of Nottingham, will follow a group of people with dementia and their carers to find out how and to what extent they use the services provided by the NHS and social and voluntary sectors. Dr Marshall is teaming up with experts in the Nottingham Geospatial Instituteto map the human and geospatial geography of people affected by dementia in the area over two years to see how seasonal weather and the dramatic landscape affects the way people seek help. The results will be used to develop rural care models and a toolkit which will help collaborative decisions about dementia care needs in the Peak Park amongst users and service providers.
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