Taking part in young onset dementia research can provide an opportunity for people whose lives are affected by young onset dementia to contribute to the future of dementia care and treatment and to make a positive difference.
Listed below are some dementia research opportunities that may be of interest
In search of a good death: What would a good death in dementia look like?
The University of Kent and Dementia UK are undertaking a small study to explore what people with dementia see as constitutes a good death in light of a diagnosis of dementia. Understanding the perceptions of the person with a diagnosis can better inform healthcare policy and so practice.
To date, a good death in dementia is largely defined from a clinical perspective and often focuses on symptoms. We believe it is very important to bring the voice of people living with dementia to these discussions of death and dying, and drive user-led policy development.
The DEFIN-YD research project – for people living with young onset dementia in England
The DEFIN-YD project is looking for younger people with dementia (people diagnosed before the age of 65) to join a project about research. They are looking for people who live in England, who have a diagnosis of young onset dementia, and who are interested in shaping current and future research.
The group will enable you to meet other people living with the condition and influence research based on your own experiences. You will be paid a small contribution, using gift cards, for your time and commitment to the project. You will need to come to four two-hour Zoom meetings between May 2021 and November 2021. At the Zoom meetings, you will discuss young onset dementia research and there will be regular breaks throughout. There will be someone to guide the meetings, and we welcome family supporters to join too if you wish.
Contact Research Assistant Anna Crawford if you would like to get involved. For general enquiries about the project, please get in touch with the Project Lead Dr Mary O’Malley or click here for more information.
Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on communication in people affected by rare dementias In this survey, UCL and Rare Dementia Support would like members who have a diagnosis of dementia, and members who support somebody who does, to answer some questions about mask usage, videoconferencing, and the impact that these have had on communication. The survey and further information can be found here.
Experiences of carers of people with dementia who have been attending a carer support group that has moved on-line during the Covid-19 pandemic
Bethany McLoughlin is a PhD Student at Warwick University. She is conducting a study investigating groups for family carers of people with dementia. The study involves caregivers who were members of a face-to-face group that has since moved online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic completing a 10-minute questionnaire about their experiences. You can find out more information here.
Exploring smartphone and tablet use by people with memory problems Samantha Wilson is a PhD researcher at the University of Liverpool. She is conducting research to explore how adults with memory problems use their smartphones and tablets to support their everyday activities. Find out more hereor email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help improve accessibility at festivals and events for younger people living with dementia
Cameron Hughes’s undergraduate dissertation research at Edinburgh Napier University aims to develop recommendations for festival and event managers on improving accessibility for people living with young onset dementia. He would love to hear your thoughts on best practice and areas for improvement. You can connect with Cameron via Twitter or email email@example.com
Surrey-based participatory creative research and activity for people living with young onset Moving Kinship is a participatory and creative support activity open to people living with young onset dementia, their family carers and wider kinship groups. Participants are invited to join online or telephone interview-conversations to talk about their stories and experiences of living with, and being affected by young onset dementia. Themes from the interviews will be used to create a personalised performance inspired by these stories. The interviews will be conducted by Beatrice Allegranti, a dance movement psychotherapist. Interviews will take place online between February-May 2021. One of the aims of the project is to bring together people across Surrey who are affected by young onset dementia with a view to creating a supportive and sustainable network that will continue beyond the life of the project. Click here to find out more.