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).

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.
Research:

Dementia Services Development Centre

The Dementia Services Development Centre, also known as DSDC, was founded in 1999.  In collaboration with Cardiff & Vale UHB, DSDC Wales is one of a network of centres in the DSDC Network throughout the British Isles which conduct research and promote service development and training in the field of dementia care. The primary aim of the DSDC is to improve the quality of life and well-being of older people and people with dementia and their supporters, through carrying out and applying relevant research. In achieving this impact, the DSDC works closely with a variety of organisations and agencies, both statutory and independent.

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.

Research Projects:

Living as well as possible with Dementia:

Creative interventions for older age and Dementia care:

  • Can arts increase quality of life and well-being in care home residents with dementia? An exploratory study
  • Dementia and Imagination
  • 'Creative Conversations': An exploratory study of an arts in health approach to embedding person-centred care and improving communication between care staff and people living with dementia. Health and Care Research Wales Social Care Research Award £203,286.00 (Dr Kat Algar, Lead investigator, Dr Gill Windle co-investigator)
  • ‘Created out of Mind’: Shaping perceptions of dementia through art and science. The Wellcome Trust Residency Hub, £1,087,059.00. October 2016 for 22 months. (Dr Gill Windle co-investigator and Dr Kat Algar a collaborator)
  • Independent Evaluation of cARTrefu – arts in care settings. Age Cymru, £24,874, January 2015 – May 2017. (Dr Kat Algar lead investigator)

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.