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Experts meet to discuss decision-making by people living with dementia

14 June 12

The University of Bradford┬┐s Centre for Applied Social Research will today host a conference to discuss the findings from a major research study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The research, undertaken in Bradford, explored how couples living with dementia make decisions on a daily basis.

Over 80 delegates will attend, including health and social care staff, researchers and postgraduates from across the region and throughout the UK. Discussions will focus on how to provide support to people living with dementia and their families, which can better enable them to make decisions.

The research formally substantiates what many working with, and caring for, people living with dementia were aware of; that properly supported and informed judgements about decision-making capability can allow this growing section of the population to live full, well-rounded lives, informed by their own choices and understanding, and challenging stigma around those with dementia being powerless or incapable.

The conference will also feature the launch of 'Decide for yourself!' - a short film (DVD) aimed at raising awareness among the public about living with dementia. The film demonstrates how supporting those living with dementia can make it easier for them to make decisions and manage everyday tasks - in turn, promoting their quality of life. The film is also aimed at people with dementia and their families.

The DVD will be accompanied by the companion 'Decide for yourself!' guide, which aims to give practical advice to people living with dementia and their families about managing everyday decisions – from what shopping to buy or what to cook, to managing bills. As people with dementia may have difficulty reading text, the guide contains pictures aimed at promoting visual understanding.

Dr Geraldine Boyle, Deputy Director of the Centre of Applied Social Research and leader of the conference, said: "This event is a great opportunity for the university to bring its research work to a wider audience, and in particular, realise the benefits by sharing knowledge with practitioners in the field of health and social care. It is also really exciting that we will be launching the ‘Decide for yourself!’ resources as a vital step in bring the benefits of this work to the public, and to the people who live with dementia on a daily basis."

14 June 12

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