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'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 here.

INCLUDE findings presented to the Department of Health and Social Care


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.

INCLUDE shortlisted for Dementia Hero Award


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. You can read the full story here. The video below introduces the INCLUDE project 

Banners exhibition reopens Bradford Museum


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. You can see the banners there until the end of January 2022.

Bradford Unfurlings

Global Council on Brain Health report recommendations


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. You can read the article here, the full report can be found here (PDF, 431kb)

REACH PhD Student presents her research at Soapbox Science


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.

Cat Soapbox Science

REACH PhD Student recognised as a rising researcher


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.

REACH PhD Student awarded best poster at Italian conference


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.

Dementia: Do we know more than we think?


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, to read the summary findings please click here. (DOCX; 68kb)

Dr Isobel Evans passed her viva voce


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.

IDEAL co-investigator awarded 


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. 

You can read more about John and the award here.

Exeter exhibition for Dementia Action Week 2018 - May 21-24


Please come to see the 'A Life More Ordinary’ Exhibition

  • University of Exeter, Forum 21st May (9am) to 23rd May (5pm)
  • Exeter Guildhall Shopping Centre 24th May (9am-5pm)

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

ALMO Exhibition Flyer 2018

DAW'18 Exhibition Flyer


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

Members of REACH team as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Cognitive Health have prepared an infographic as well as a crossword with some key facts about dementia prevention. Please stop by and say hi and get a leaflet and crossword! 

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