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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.

CURIOs for care: Designing physical prompts for research (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Fennell, J. (2023, November). CURIOs for care: Designing physical prompts for research. Poster presented at UK Dementia Congress, Aston University, Birmingham UK

As design researchers, we are drawn towards creating tangible artifacts. The CURIOs for Care project embraces this appeal of making physical artefacts as a means of inquiry and as a creative tool to invite stories about individuals' experiences with... Read More about CURIOs for care: Designing physical prompts for research.

The power of a HUG: Implementation of assistive technology across a health board (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Fennell, J., & Lloyd, M. (2023, November). The power of a HUG: Implementation of assistive technology across a health board. Paper presented at UK Dementia Congress, Aston University, Birmingham UK

HUG, a soft comforter specifically designed for individuals with advanced dementia, was developed by the HUG by LAUGH team at Cardiff Metropolitan University. With weighted arms and legs, a soft body, and a simulated beating heart, HUG aims to provid... Read More about The power of a HUG: Implementation of assistive technology across a health board.

Supporting families to adjust following a dementia diagnosis: Adapting the LivDem intervention (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Woodstoke, N., Winter, B., Cheston, R., & Dodd, E. (2023, October). Supporting families to adjust following a dementia diagnosis: Adapting the LivDem intervention. Presented at The 33rd Alzheimer Europe Conference, Helsinki

“Everyone says that thinking about death is unthinkable. But I think dementia is a bit unthinkable too. How can you think about losing your mind?”​ ​ A reflexive thematic analysis of adapting the LivDem model of talking about dementia for couples a... Read More about Supporting families to adjust following a dementia diagnosis: Adapting the LivDem intervention.

Acceptability of memory-aid technological devices for community-dwelling older adults with dementia to maintain quality of life (2023)
Thesis
Muponda, T. Acceptability of memory-aid technological devices for community-dwelling older adults with dementia to maintain quality of life. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10393789

The rising prevalence of dementia cases due to ageing population presents a global challenge. Despite different types of memory aid devices available, evidence reveal that it is not widely accepted (Thordardottir et al., 2019). The current study aime... Read More about Acceptability of memory-aid technological devices for community-dwelling older adults with dementia to maintain quality of life.

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.

Metabolic reprogramming and the role of the BCAT protein - implications for type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease (2023)
Thesis
Usmari Moraes, M. Metabolic reprogramming and the role of the BCAT protein - implications for type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10013675

Introduction: Oxidative stress and impaired homeostasis are key features of type 2 diabetes mellitus, which is comorbid with Alzheimer’s disease. Dysregulation of the branched-chain aminotransferase protein, which is overexpressed in AD, is suggested... Read More about Metabolic reprogramming and the role of the BCAT protein - implications for type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

HUG: A compassionate approach to designing for wellbeing in dementia care (2023)
Journal Article
Treadaway, C., Seckam, A., Fennell, J., & Taylor, A. (2023). HUG: A compassionate approach to designing for wellbeing in dementia care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(5), Article 4410. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20054410

Design can improve the quality of life of people living with dementia but creating successful design solutions is not simple, due to the complexity of the medical condition, and the ethical considerations of including those affected in design researc... Read More about HUG: A compassionate approach to designing for wellbeing in dementia care.

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.

Compassionate design: HUGs on prescription (2022)
Conference Proceeding
Treadaway, C., Fennell, J., Seckam, A., & Taylor, A. (2022). Compassionate design: HUGs on prescription. In M. Houben, R. Brankaert, N. Hendriks, A. Wilkinson, & K. Morrissey (Eds.), Dementia Lab 2022: The Residue of Design - Proceedings of the 6th Dementia Lab Conference, D-Lab 2022, September 20-22, 2022, Leuven, Belgium (1 - 12). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-14466-0_1

There is a growing need for well-designed innovative products and services for people affected by dementia. Governments and charities are offering a range of business support to encourage the development of commercial products to address this need. T... Read More about Compassionate design: HUGs on prescription.

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.

Psychotherapy interventions with people affected by dementia: Adapting the living well with Dementia model of group therapy for use within primary care (2016)
Book Chapter
Cheston, R. (2016). Psychotherapy interventions with people affected by dementia: Adapting the living well with Dementia model of group therapy for use within primary care. In C. Chew-Graham, & M. Ray (Eds.), Mental Health and Older People: A Guide for Primary Care Practitioners. London: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29492-6_20

The behaviours that dementia care home staff in South Africa find challenging: An exploratory study (2016)
Journal Article
van Wyk, A., Manthorpe, J., & Clark, C. (2017). The behaviours that dementia care home staff in South Africa find challenging: An exploratory study. Dementia, 16(7), 865-877. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301215622092

Background: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia are often the reasons for moving to a care home. Care staff, often with limited dementia training, may have to support residents with distressed behaviour on a daily basis. Evidence about... Read More about The behaviours that dementia care home staff in South Africa find challenging: An exploratory study.

The fine art of living in the moment (2010)
Book Chapter
Cheston, R. (2010). The fine art of living in the moment. In J. Gilliard, & M. Marshall (Eds.), Time for Dementia: a collection of writings on the meaning of time and dementia. London: Hawker Publications

“Time is the currency of dementia care; we spend it on what we value most,” say the editors of this renowned and thoughtful collection of writings which offers insight in the context of dementia into: The meaning of time Making time Clocks Time... Read More about The fine art of living in the moment.

Group psychotherapy for people with early dementia (2008)
Book Chapter
Cheston, R. (2008). Group psychotherapy for people with early dementia. In E. Moniz-Cook, & J. Manthorpe (Eds.), Early Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia: Evidence-based Practice. London: Jessica Kinglsey Press

For the increasing number of people diagnosed with dementia each year, treatment in the early stages can make a significant difference to their quality of life. This book provides examples of psychosocial interventions: taking into consideration the... Read More about Group psychotherapy for people with early dementia.