Dementia Teaching and Research
The School of Health Sciences has an active postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programme as part of the Ageing and Dementia@Bangor/Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).
For more information about our research and activities please click here.
The MSc in Dementia Studies programme equips postgraduates to develop excellence in health and social care practice, driving forward a shift towards active person and family-centred care of people living with dementia. At the core of the programme is the re-orientation towards recognising the citizenship of people living with dementia and emphasising living well with dementia, whilst acknowledging its challenges and the need for support. It identifies the importance of reframing current approaches to care within hospital and other settings, identifying appropriate models and strategies to inform person-centred care, communication and managing complex needs. Alongside the MSc in Dementia Studies programme students are also able to study ‘Dementia Studies’ as part of the BSC Health Studies programme.
The new MSc in Ageing - Research and Practice programme provides an innovative interdisciplinary approach to examining ageing and exploring what constitutes best practice, with an emphasis on understanding ageing based on resilience and relationship-centred approaches. It includes a broad range of modules that tackle contemporary challenges and issues as part of ageing with an emphasis on developing excellence in health and social care practice. The modules provide a wide range and depth of experience to students ranging from a focus on the strengths of ageing, such as Successful Ageing, Resilience and wellbeing to understanding the dynamics of Social networks and communities for Health and Wellbeing. It also equips students to respond positively to problems in ageing such as the Managing transitions and Rehabilitation module.
The new Doctorate in Healthcare in Ageing and Dementia Studies (DHealthCare Ageing and Dementia Studies) presents an opportunity for students in applied health and social care fields to complete a doctoral level qualification with a substantive research component focused on an area relevant to their discipline and organisational context. It represents an accessible framework for doctoral study for students in Wales, the UK, EU and internationally as it is delivered through an e-learning platform.
The School offers a full range of postgraduate research programmes focused on PhD, MPhil and Masters by Research options targeted towards the thematic areas of ‘Ageing and Dementia’. There is a vibrant group of postgraduate research projects examining a wide range of areas linked to ageing and dementia, ranging from developing compassionate dementia care in healthcare practice, to exploring how best to improve discharge from hospital into care homes.
As part of the Ageing and Dementia@Bangor/Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) there are a number of Honorary lecturers drawn from those with clinical-academic and lived experience in ageing and dementia. This includes Chris Roberts, who has also presented the School of Health Sciences with the footage from his panorama documentary “Living with Dementia; Chris’s Story”. The documentary was filmed through CCTV and video diaries made by Chris, his wife Jane and daughter Kate to follow them throughout an 18-month period and record their journey. The material will be established as the ‘Chris Roberts Living with Dementia Archive’ at Bangor University.
Dementia Services Development Centre
We have an international reputation for interdisciplinary ageing and dementia research. Our work is situated within the global trend for longevity and international policy ambitions for healthy ageing, addressing major societal challenges around living as well as possible with chronic and degenerative health conditions.
We work closely with older people, people living with dementia and their carers, together with health and social care professionals to ensure our research will make a difference, improve the quality of care and inform policy and practice development.
We collaborate with colleagues in Europe through our membership of INTERDEM a European research network.
The Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), is a collaboration between Swansea, Bangor and Cardiff Universities. It is a world class research centre funded by the Welsh Government which aims to improve the lives of older people through an integration of research, policy and practice. It integrates multi-disciplinary activity and develops areas of expertise from biological, through psycho-social and environmental, to social policy in ageing and dementia.
- Prof. Gill Windle, CADR Associate Director.
- Dr. Diane Seddon, CADR work stream lead for social care.
- Dr. Catrin Hedd Jones, CADR work stream lead for Dementia Supportive Communities.
- Dr. Kat Algar-Skaife, CADR work-stream co-lead for the arts in health and social care.
North Wales Dementia Network
The North Wales Dementia Network was established with support from the Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account in 2016. The Network aims to share best practice, improve collaboration, and increase the impact of dementia research into practice across North Wales.
All Wales Dementia Conference 2018: Working together to make Wales a Dementia inclusive country
This years All Wales Dementia Conference was supported the six North Wales Local Authorities, The North Wales Dementia Network, Social Care Wales, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol DEEP (The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and the Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research. For more information about this year’s conference including a slideshow and videos click here.
CADR: Centre for Ageing & Dementia Research
Building on existing internationally recognised and transformative research networks the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) is a world class research centre addressing key internationally important questions in ageing and dementia. The Centre is a collaboration between Swansea, Bangor and Cardiff Universities and integrates multi-disciplinary activity and develops areas of expertise from biological, through psycho-social and environmental, to social policy in ageing and dementia.
Join Dementia Research
Join Dementia Research (JDR) is an online platform to match up volunteers interested in taking part in dementia research with researchers looking for potential participants. Anyone, with or without dementia over the age of 18 can register as a volunteer or sign-up for someone else as long as they have given their consent.