Working with older people
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The end … and beyond
What I loved about the dementia writing project was the multiple and shifting aspects of working with such a wide range of people who were all focused on one topical subject – dementia. Firstly, the older people themselves. They proved … Continue reading
What About Me?: Discussion between scientists and writers
This is a video of the event, What About Me?, that was held at Live Theatre on 25 April 2012. It showcases some of the ongoing discussions between writers and scientists which the project made possible; we hope they will … Continue reading
To the Ladies of the Scotswood Road
This six month project has been mind-opening. The time went by too fast. It was a privilege to be given such generous access to the thoughts and conversation of the scientists and clinicians. The booklist their suggestions have left me … Continue reading
What About Me?
Rebecca Jenkins’ final work. We’d be very interested in your comments and feedback on it! With thanks to Roots and Wings for their technical assistance!
Geordie Sinatra, Jonathon Miles and Dementia are all in the News
Couldn’t wait to meet Geordie Sinatra, so I went to the opening performance at Live Theatre. The central character, suffering from dementia with Lewy Bodies, was really engaging and had a great voice. I was delighted that there were plenty of … Continue reading
Designs for Dementia
Imagine getting a packet of pasta from your kitchen cupboard, placing it on the worktop and a recipe lights up the wall behind! As well as step by step instructions of how to cook, information about the nutrients and a … Continue reading
Write How? Right Now!
The sessions with older people with dementia are nearly complete, the meetings with the scientists are done, the carer conversations are over. Now it is time to write! But how to use my own approach to creative writing to bring … Continue reading
Tangles and Tangoes
Who cares for people with dementia? The media headlines suggest it is all done in care homes at great cost to the national purse. In fact, only about ten percent of older people end their days in nursing homes. Most … Continue reading
Meeting the Scientists
This week we have been meeting some of the scientists working in dementia research. As Newcastle University leads the country in this field, we were very lucky that they gave so generously of their time to meet with us – … Continue reading
Dancing with the “D” Word
I left school when I was 14 to be taught from home – my mother was into educational experiments. The experience was a rich one for me and I came to think of the social convention of grouping children together … Continue reading