Dementia Diaries is a UK-wide project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries. It serves as a public record and a personal archive that documents the views, reflections and day-to-day lives of people living with dementia, with the aim of prompting dialogue and changing attitudes.

Who are we working with?

We are all part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP). The Dementia Diaries initiative was designed by the non-profit communications agency On Our Radar (www.onourradar.org). It was launched by On Our Radar in January 2015 in partnership with Innovations in Dementia, Ownfone and Comic Relief, and was handed over to Innovations in Dementia in August 2016.

Phase 2 of the project is funded jointly by Comic Relief and BIG Lottery Fund.

A team from Leeds Beckett University was asked to evaluate the success of Dementia Diaries. A dementia-friendly summary of their findings is available here (pdf, opens in a new tab) or you can download the full report here (pdf, opens in a new tab).

The website provides the audio recording and a written transcript of each diary, you can volunteer to transcribe the audio diaries here


This weeks Diaries include:

 JACQUI HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED TO DO SOME ART WORK FOR AN EXHIBITION

A WALK WAS PLANNED BUT THE WEATHER HAD OTHER IDEAS

DORY IS MOVED BY A PERFORMANCE OF MEMORIA AND HAS A MESSAGE FROM KAREN

RAE READS A POEM CALLED IN CHURCH

JACQUI HAS AN ADVENTURE WITH A TRAPPED BIRD.

PETER REFLECTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PURPOSE, AND WHY CYCLING IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FOR HIM.

THE HAPPY TANDEMER IS STILL HOPEFUL OF SEEING A KINGFISHER AMIDST A BUSY WEEK.

WAYNE REFLECTS ON A VISIT TO HOSPITAL.

JACQUI HAS MADE SOME GOOD CONTACTS TO HELP HER GET MORE INVOLVED WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS.

“THERE IS MUCH MORE TO LIFE THAN DEMENTIA” SAYS SHELAGH

CAROL IS THINKING ABOUT HOW TO HELP THOSE AROUND HER IN THE YEARS TO COME.

JULIE REFLECTS ON THE PLEASURES AND CHALLENGES OF HOLIDAYING WITH DEMENTIA.

MELVYN FEELS HONOURED TO BE WORKING WITH DEMENTIA ALLIES, AND WANTS TO SAY THANK YOU.

 


Note for Professionals

You can use these Diaries as part of your Dementia Training.

As a courtesy, please email Rachel Niblock at Niblock@myid.org.uk to let her know that you will be using some of the Diaries, it helps when applying for funding in the future.