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Developing supportive local communities: perspectives from people with dementia and caregivers participating in the IDEAL programme

Quinn, Catherine, Hart, Nicola, Henderson, Catherine, Litherland, Rachael, Pickett, James A. and Clare, Linda (2021) Developing supportive local communities: perspectives from people with dementia and caregivers participating in the IDEAL programme. Journal of Aging and Social Policy. ISSN 0895-9420 (In Press)

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Abstract

Communities play an important role in supporting people living with dementia. The aim of this study was to explore what could be changed in the local community to enable those with dementia to live well. People with dementia and carers taking part in the IDEAL programme responded to open-ended questions. Responses from 1,172 people with dementia and 702 caregivers were analysed using thematic analysis. Four themes were identified: raising awareness, improving access to support services, providing social events and activities, and supporting people to engage in the community. These highlight the role of individuals, resources and the environment in supporting those with dementia. Longer-term investment in services is needed to underpin dementia-inclusive communities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 10:39
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2021 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108961

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