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REACH: The Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health


'The Father' special screening


The IDEAL team organised a special screening of Oscar-winning film about dementia 'The Father' at Exeter Phoenix. After the screening, the audience were treated to an expert panel who each responded to the film before we opened out into audience Q&A. Our first hybrid event, Professor Linda Clare dialled in from Anglesey! We also created a screening pack to stimulate discussion of the film among family and friends. You can download The Father discussion questions.


Professor Linda Clare and Dr Claire Pentecost presented the early findings from the ESRC-funded INCLUDE project to people at the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as representatives from NHS England and Public Health England. INCLUDE is a rapid-response COVID-19 study of how the pandemic has affected people with dementia and their carers. With a new National Dementia Strategy under construction, these key policy-makers wanted to hear what we've learned about the pandemic's impact on people affected by dementia.


The IDEAL programme's COVID-19 related work - the INCLUDE project - saw them shortlisted for an Alzheimer's Society Dementia Hero Award for Research 2021. Sir Tony Robinson presented the award at the Awards ceremony which was livestreamed on YouTube. IDEAL is particularly proud to have been nominated for the award by Jane, a member of the ALWAYs group. Read the full story.
This video introduces the INCLUDE project 


The IDEAL programme did some arts-based work through its linked project 'A Life More Ordinary' in collaboration with Ian Beesley, Ian McMillan, Tony Husbands and Martyn Hall. A key outcome of this was the development of banners advocating for increased understanding of, and rights for, people affected by dementia. 'The Unfurlings: banners for hope and change created by people living with dementia' had been a travelling exhibition before the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted that a new exhibition of 'The Unfurlings' has reopened Bradford Industrial Museum after its necessary closure. The banners were available to view there until the end of January 2022.


REACH lead Professor Linda Clare as part of her role in the Global Council on Brain Health was interviewed by The Guardian where she discusses the lack of evidence made by supplements that are advertised to maintain or improve brain health. Read the article

Read the full report (PDF, 431kb)


REACH PhD student, Catherine Talbot, presented her research to 100s of shoppers as part of the Soapbox Science Exeter event on Saturday 29th June. Here she is discussing how social media enables people with dementia to directly challenge negative stereotypes of dementia.


REACH PhD student, Catherine Talbot, has won the PsyPAG Rising Researcher Award for her research on dementia, identity, and social media. The PsyPAG Rising Researcher Award recognises high-quality early PhD/Doctorate research and champions excellent upcoming researchers. Well done Catherine! Catherine will be speaking about her award-winning research at Soapbox Science Exeter on Saturday 29th June.

Congratulations to Serena Sabatini for receiving the best poster award during the XII national conference of the "Società italiana di psicologia dell'invecchiamento" (Italy). Serena's presented a systematic review and meta-analysis on awareness of age-related change that she conducted in collaboration with members of the REACH team. The review found that experiencing positive age-related changes is associated with maintenance of physical well-being while experiencing negative age-related changes is associated with lower levels of emotional and physical well-being.


The University of Exeter requires psychology undergraduates to complete a research project as part of their final year programme. This year, a group of 10 students joined the REACH team to do a dementia-related research project. The study asked people about their awareness and understanding of dementia. Read the summary findings (DOCX; 68kb)


Congratulations to Dr Isobel Evans on successfully defending her thesis: Social connections, cognitive reserve, and cognitive function in later life. She is the first of the students from the CFAS doctoral training centre (funded by Alzheimer’s Society) to complete.


Dr John Hindle, a Consultant Physician for the Care of the Elderly in North Wales, has been awarded the 2018 Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Geriatrics Society. This award recognises his dedication to those living with movement disorders across North Wales and for setting up the first movement disorder clinic in Wales 28 years ago. 

Read more about John and the award 


The 'A Life More Ordinary’ Exhibition was held at:

  • University of Exeter, Forum 21st May, 2018
  • Exeter Guildhall Shopping Centre 24th May, 2018

People whose lives have been affected by dementia  worked with well-known artists to create insightful images and poems that capture some of their experiences. During Dementia Action Week 2018 we exhibited some of their work.

Alongside the 'A Life More Ordinary' Exhibition you could also learn more about how you can reduce the risk of getting dementia.

ALMO Exhibition Flyer 2018