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The LivDem 2023 survey: Facilitator views on benefits and the more active involvement of carers in the Living well with Dementia (LivDem) course (2024)
Journal Article
Cheston, R., Reilly, F., Topalova, N., Woodstoke, N., & Dodd, E. (2024). The LivDem 2023 survey: Facilitator views on benefits and the more active involvement of carers in the Living well with Dementia (LivDem) course. FPOP Bulletin, 166(April), 48-55. https://doi.org/10.53841/bpsfpop.2024.1.166.48

Introduction. The Living Well with Dementia (LivDem) intervention is an eight-week, group based post-diagnostic course for people living with dementia that aims to facilitate adjustment to the diagnosis. We set out to establish the views of course fa... Read More about The LivDem 2023 survey: Facilitator views on benefits and the more active involvement of carers in the Living well with Dementia (LivDem) course.

How do emergency department staff respond to behaviour that challenges displayed by people living with dementia? A mixed-methods study (2023)
Journal Article
Goodwin, L., Liddiard, C., Manning, S., Benger, J. R., Benger, J., Carlton, E., …Voss, S. (2023). How do emergency department staff respond to behaviour that challenges displayed by people living with dementia? A mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 13(8), Article e075022. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-075022

Objectives: To investigate staff experiences of, and approaches to behaviour that challenges displayed by patients with dementia in the emergency department (ED). Behaviour that challenges is defined as ‘actions that detract from the well-being of in... Read More about How do emergency department staff respond to behaviour that challenges displayed by people living with dementia? A mixed-methods study.

We need to talk about dementia (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Cheston, R., Dodd, E., & Woodstoke, N. (2023, June). We need to talk about dementia

Richard Cheston is a Dementia Research Professor at the University of Bristol. As a clinical psychologist with a background in group psychotherapy, he has extensive experience leading groups of people with dementia and is co-founder of the "Living We... Read More about We need to talk about dementia.

Talking openly about dementia – theory and principles (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Cheston, R., Dodd, E., & Woodstoke, N. (2023, June). Talking openly about dementia – theory and principles. Presented at Invited presentation to the psychology department and clinical training course, University of Padua

Using assimilation to track changes in talk during a Living Well with Dementia (LivDem) group (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Cheston, R., Dodd, E., & Woodstoke., N. (2023, June). Using assimilation to track changes in talk during a Living Well with Dementia (LivDem) group. Presented at Society for Psychotherapy Research annual conference, Trinity College, Dublin

Background. Whilst good dementia care is typically thought of as a person-centred process, psychotherapy generally plays little role in this. One reason for this is that there are relatively few psychologists, therapists and counsellors working in de... Read More about Using assimilation to track changes in talk during a Living Well with Dementia (LivDem) group.

The ADAPT Study: Adapting the dementia care pathway for south Asian families in the UK (2023)
Journal Article
Cheston, R., & Dodd, E. (2023). The ADAPT Study: Adapting the dementia care pathway for south Asian families in the UK. Journal of Dementia Care, 30(5), 4-15

The ADAPT study got started because there were so few culturally appropriate dementia resources for South Asian families. Sahdia Parveen and colleagues describe the toolkit created by the study to help families navigate the system.

Dementia and Psychotherapy Revisited (2022)
Book
Cheston, R. (2022). Dementia and Psychotherapy Revisited. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill (Imprint: Open University Press)

People living with dementia have little opportunity to talk about their experiences and what is happening to them. This often makes it harder for them to adjust to, and to accept, the diagnosis. Dementia and Psychotherapy Reconsidered introduces a ne... Read More about Dementia and Psychotherapy Revisited.

Threat, self and dementia: Evidence from social psychology (13th April 2022) V3 (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Cheston, R. (2022, April). Threat, self and dementia: Evidence from social psychology (13th April 2022) V3. Presented at The Society for Psychotherapy Research, UK chapter annual conference, Nottingham University (Online)

All forms of dementia are progressive and incurable, threatening almost all aspects of a person’s self or identity. Dementia, then, represents an existential threat. In this seminar I will outline some of the main findings from a ten-year collaborati... Read More about Threat, self and dementia: Evidence from social psychology (13th April 2022) V3.

Naming the demon of dementia (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Cheston, R. (2022, April). Naming the demon of dementia. Presented at Society for Psychotherapy Research (UK chapter), Leeds Becket University (and online)

Background: Government policy emphasises the importance of people living with dementia and their families planning for their future. This is made more difficult when people struggle to find the words to describe their illness. Aim: This paper illust... Read More about Naming the demon of dementia.

Nostalgic conversations: The co-production of an intervention package for people living with dementia and their spouse (2021)
Journal Article
Dodd, E., Ismail, S., Christopher, G., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Cheston, R. (2022). Nostalgic conversations: The co-production of an intervention package for people living with dementia and their spouse. Dementia, 21(2), 489-502. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211047350

Objectives: Nostalgic memories are more social than other forms of autobiographical recall, often refer to atypical events, express more positive affect and reflect life as meaningful. Recalling a nostalgic (compared to ordinary) memory increases sel... Read More about Nostalgic conversations: The co-production of an intervention package for people living with dementia and their spouse.

The content of nostalgic memories among people living with dementia (2021)
Journal Article
Ismail, S., Dodd, E., Christopher, G., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Cheston, R. (2022). The content of nostalgic memories among people living with dementia. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 94(4), 436-458. https://doi.org/10.1177/00914150211024185

Although dementia may affect the reliability of autobiographical memories, the psychological properties of nostalgic memories may be preserved. We compared the content of nostalgic (n = 36) and ordinary (n = 31) narratives of 67 participants living w... Read More about The content of nostalgic memories among people living with dementia.

The mnemic neglect effect and information about dementia: Age differences in recall (2020)
Journal Article
Cheston, R., Dodd, E., Christopher, G., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2022). The mnemic neglect effect and information about dementia: Age differences in recall. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 29(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/13825585.2020.1842850

Dementia represents a more immediate threat for older than for younger adults. Consequently, different strategies may be used to defend the self against the threat of dementia. We hypothesised that older (compared to younger) adults are more likely t... Read More about The mnemic neglect effect and information about dementia: Age differences in recall.

The development and validation of the Threat of Dementia Scale (2020)
Journal Article
Cheston, R., Dodd, E., Christopher, G., White, P., Wildschut, T., & Sedikides, C. (2022). The development and validation of the Threat of Dementia Scale. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 94(4), 496-514. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415020957388

Dementia represents a substantial threat to the self. However, to date, there is no reliable way to measure how threatened people feel by dementia. This article reports on two online studies. In Study 1, 248 participants rated statements about dement... Read More about The development and validation of the Threat of Dementia Scale.

Dementia-and-walking-COVID-review (2020)
Report
Cheston, R., Huntley, A., Corse, D., & Munafo, J. (2020). Dementia-and-walking-COVID-review. NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West

The British Geriatric Society (BGS) gives clear guidance during the COVID 19 crisis on the approach of care home staff for residents with dementia who ‘walk with purpose or intent’. This guidance focuses on isolation of suspected cases and behavioura... Read More about Dementia-and-walking-COVID-review.

A preliminary evaluation of a client-centred prompting tool for supporting everyday activities in individuals with mild to moderate levels of cognitive impairment due to dementia (2020)
Journal Article
Harris, N., Boyd, H., Evans, N., Cheston, R., Noonan, K., Ingram, T., …Ridgers, J. (2021). A preliminary evaluation of a client-centred prompting tool for supporting everyday activities in individuals with mild to moderate levels of cognitive impairment due to dementia. Dementia, 20(3), 867-883. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301220911322

Objectives: Technology-based prompting has the potential to support people with dementia to complete multistep tasks in the home. However, these devices can be complex to use. This paper reports a feasibility trial of a personalised touchscreen digit... Read More about A preliminary evaluation of a client-centred prompting tool for supporting everyday activities in individuals with mild to moderate levels of cognitive impairment due to dementia.

Psychotherapy in old age: ethical issues (2019)
Book Chapter
Cheston, R., & Hughes, J. (2019). Psychotherapy in old age: ethical issues. In J. Z. Sadler, J. Gaab, N. Biller-Andorno, Ş. Tekin, & M. Trachsel (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics (1 - 16). Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198817338.013.66

Old age brings challenges which affect the process and content of psychotherapy; not that older people should be thought of as being the same, for they are individual. There are particular cohort effects and contexts that might affect the ways in whi... Read More about Psychotherapy in old age: ethical issues.

Evidence briefing: Dementia, accessibility and minority groups (2018)
Other
Cheston, R., & Bradbury, N. (2018). Evidence briefing: Dementia, accessibility and minority groups

Different communities have different dementia related needs and should not be treated as a single homogenous grouping. • The numbers of people from BAME communities who are affected by dementia will increase more rapidly than those of the white com... Read More about Evidence briefing: Dementia, accessibility and minority groups.

Evidence briefing: Psychological therapies with people with dementia (2017)
Report
Cheston, R., & Clare, L. (2017). Evidence briefing: Psychological therapies with people with dementia. Leicester: The British Psychological Society

The aim of this document is to provide an overview of the evidence base for psychological therapies with people with a diagnosis of dementia and their families. This briefing paper aims to summarise research and clinical evidence in this area and to... Read More about Evidence briefing: Psychological therapies with people with dementia.