Dementia care

As the number of people with dementia continues to grow, medical and scientific communities worldwide are seeking ways to help those affected, as well as their families and communities, in order to best manage the effects.

Hitting the headlines this week, there were a number of articles about dementia care and support for caregivers. One article outlined 12 principles for supporting a loved one with dementia, which were adapted from the Montessori Method of teaching, while another explored a new approach to dementia care in the Netherlands. The so-called 'Dementia Village' is an elder-care facility with a supermarket, hairdressing salon, pub and even a theatre. But what does the evidence say on the topic of dementia?

High quality, evidence-based information can certainly help us better understand how to support those with dementia as well as their caregivers. Read our top resources below.


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