Understanding the needs and experiences of people affected by dementia in the Peak Park

26th November 2015
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Alzheimer's Society and the Institute of Mental Health 4 year study on living with dementia

The 4 year study will examine the everyday lives of older people with memory difficulties and/or dementia .  It will explore the ways they manage their everyday lives in the Peak Park area of Derbyshire.  The work will include people and carers who have lived all their lives in the Park and those who have recently moved to the area to retire.  There are high numbers of older people and carers in the Peak Park compared to other areas of England.

Dr Fiona Marshall, a Senior Research Fellow with the Alzheimer's Society is leading the work, which is being kindly funded by the Alzheimer's Society and supported by the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.

One strand of the research will help establish the closeness and types of services available within the area and so support future decisions about the range of services and their locations.  

The second part of the research will seek to invite people living with memory difficulties and carers to take part in an in-depth study of how they experience everyday life. The study hopes to work with up to 90 people living with memory difficulties.  Volunteers from all walks of life, still working or retired living in their own home or in residential or nursing care will be invited to take part in a series of discussions about their lives.  These discussions will be in strict confidence.

The concluding part of the research will be to draw together all the information to provide recommendations for building dementia friendly communities which are sustainable and viable.

If you would like more information and/or you are interested in taking part in the research, please contact:

Dr Fiona Marshall - Tel:  0115 8232458 / 07920 813613 Email:  fiona.marshall@nottingham.ac.uk

Leaflet (click to open as a pdf):  Peak_Park_Dementia_Study