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Dementia Awareness Week 2017

The Arts, Media and Society

This is a growing area of research activity that covers topics such as the use of arts-based approaches with people with dementia, media representations of dementia and mechanisms for understanding and challenging societal stigma of dementia. There are two PhD students currently working in this area, with a third set to commence in October 2017. Our arts-based research and engagement is supported by our Visiting Professor Geetha Upadhyaya.

PhD students

Plus Icon Emily Shoesmith

A Pilot Study: Investigating the impact of person-centred art therapy on individuals living with dementia.

School: School of Health and Community Studies

Director of Studies: Professor Claire Surr

Supervisors: Dr Divine Charura

Plus Icon Nicky Taylor

Whose narrative? People with dementia and creative co-production in theatre.

School: School of Health and Community Studies

Director of Studies: Professor Claire Surr

Supervisors: Dr Pamela Fisher and Dr Darren Hill

Research Case Studies

Plus Icon Independent Evaluation of ‘Dementia Diaries’

‘Dementia Diaries’ is a national series of audio diaries that document the day-to-day lives of people living with dementia. Using 3D printed mobile phones to send regular audio updates, the network share their honest experiences in the hope of challenging societal stigma around dementia and prompting a richer dialogue and a better understanding of dementia, in all its diversity. We were commissioned by On Our Radar to conduct an evaluation of the impact of the ‘Dementia Diaries’ project.

Project lead: Dr James Woodall

Read the full 'Dementia Diaries' report.

Listen to an audio summary of the evaluation findings.

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