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Planning for the Future in Dementia Care - Informed by Research

Local people living with a dementia, their families and carers, voluntary organisations and health and social care professionals are committed to partnership working, moving forward together, in the future development of dementia services in Northern Ireland. This was the key message from the Dementia Together NI Celebration Event held on 30 November 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick.

This regional event, organised by the Dementia Together NI partnership, recognised the valuable contribution of people living with a dementia, their families and carers. Through co-production, involving people who provide services in collaboration with people with lived experience, dementia initiatives have been implemented to raise awareness and address the stigma surrounding dementia.

The event was also an opportunity for researchers to present their findings from the Dementia Care Research Call funded by HSC R&D Division and Atlantic Philantropies.

Three out of seven studies funded in this call have now completed and they presented their results and outcomes at the event. This included research on Risk Communication in Dementia Care;    Pain assessment and management for patients with advanced dementia nearing the end of life;    and   Providing Comfort Care to People with Dementia During Their Last Days of Life.

The research reports and information booklets can be downloaded here>

For more information on the event and to access Information booklets, providing practical advice on many different aspects of the dementia journey click here (PHA website)>

* Image: Launching their new dementia information guides, at the Dementia Together NI Celebration Event held on 30 November 2017, are from left to right: Geraldine Teague, Public Health Agency, Sarah Penney, Ulster University and Dr Gillian Carter, Queen’s University Belfast (absent is Professor Brian Taylor who developed the ‘Talking About Risk and Dementia’ Guide).