Centre for Applied Research and Education in Dementia
Working together to improve dementia care
The Centre for Applied Research and Education (CARE) in Dementia was set up in 2012 primarily for decision making, information sharing, and establishing an identity and point of contact within the University for dementia work. The Centre also works to oversee and progress the dementia educational offer at the University, in partner organisations, and in providers of dementia care services.
The Centre sits within the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing and its quarterly meetings bring together representatives from across the University and from partner organisations who have a shared interest in dementia.
CARE in Dementia Strategy 2016 (PDF).
University of Wolverhampton's Dementia Commitment
In 2014, the University of Wolverhampton joined the Dementia Action Alliance, which is a group of over 700 organisations who are all pledging do their part to help improve outcomes for people living with dementia. We have updated our Action Plan to reflect our progress and updated strategies for delivering better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers. We are now also members of the Wolverhampton and Telford & Wrekin Local Alliances.
In this video Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University, signs our Dementia Commitment Statement (PDF) (PDF) and talks about some of the ways in which the University is encouraging and providing support for projects that deliver meaningful benefits to the local community. Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, also talks about our Centre for Applied Research and Education (CARE) in Dementia.
News and Events
Wolverhampton granted Dementia Friendly Community status
The City of Wolverhampton was officially granted Dementia Friendly Community status by the Alzheimer's Society in recognition of the efforts being made by members of Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance to improve services for people living with dementia, and their families and carers. You can read more about this on our news page.
Research Project: MinD - Designing for people with dementia
The MinD project, led by Dr Kristina Niedderer (Professor of Design and Craft, Faculty of Arts), aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. People who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias often face cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial difficulties, including impairment and degeneration of memory and of perceptions of identity. In a social context, this can cause difficulties of recognizing, relating to and empathising with other people. These difficulties often pose a challenge for engaging socially, reinforcing their effects and reducing personal well-being.
Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations. Utilising the concept of mindful design, we will investigate innovative design solutions to enable self-empowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia.
This project is funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions Research and Innovations Staff Exchange programme. For further information about this project please visit the project website.
Published research articles
One of the University's PhD students, Aisha Bakre, colleagues within CARE in Dementia and external partners have had their research published in Public Health Nutrition. The research, which combines original data from a large cohort study in China with a systematic review and meta-analysis, reveals a relationship between fish consumption and reduced risk of dementia.
Researchers within CARE in Dementia have published new research demonstrating a high prevalence of undiagnosed dementia worldwide, as well as some of the factors that contribute to the risk of dementia going undetected. Their systematic review and meta-analysis has been published in the journal BMJ Open.
Another paper written by the team reveals the detrimental risks of air pollution to brain function throughout a person’s lifespan. The research is published in the journal 'Environmental Research'. For more information about this research please see our News page.
So far at the University we have delivered Dementia Friends sessions to over 500 staff and students. Following high demand, we will be holding further Dementia Friends sessions over the coming months. These sessions provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about dementia and to turn that understanding into action. You can register your interest in attending a session by emailing us at CARE@wlv.ac.uk but you can now also complete the session online with the Alzheimer's Society.