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).
News and Events
Teepa Snow Visit to the University of Wolverhampton - July 2018
A leading international expert in dementia care is visiting the University of Wolverhampton to share current research and insights into the condition.
Teepa Snow is a leading educator on dementia and the care that accompanies it in the US and Canada. She founded Positive Approach® to Care (PAC), which emphasises making use of the skills retained by the person with dementia, while providing support, and substituting skills, for what is no longer available. The sessions are aimed at people who are providing care for persons living with dementia in a personal or professional context.
Teepa and her team will be visiting the University’s City Campus on Thursday, 5 July, to present a talk alongside guest speakers from 1-2.3pm and a symposium from 3-5pm.
She will be at the University’s Walsall Campus on Friday, 6 July from 8.30am-5pm for a one-day intensive PAC skills course.
To book a place at either event, visit: www.teepasnow.com/events or contact PAC International Events Coordinator- Courtney Chorba: email@example.com.
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
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 the 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.