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:

THE HAPPY TANDEMER IS FEELING REALLY GOOD AND LOOKING FORWARD TO A BUSY EASTER

NEITHER TRACEY NOR THE FROG WERE EXPECTING THIS TO HAPPEN.

CHRISTINE REPORTS FROM WHAT MIGHT BE THE FIRST MEETING OF A NEW DEEP MEMBER GROUP

DORY CONGRATULATES RACHEL FOR JUMPING OUT OF PLANE FOR YOUNG DEMENTIA UK.

THE HAPPY TANDEMER REPORTS ON AN ART GARFUNKEL SHOW

CHRISTINE INTRODUCES SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW DEEP MEMBER GROUP

PETER CHALLENGES RACHEL TO RIDE HIS PENNY FARTHING CHALLENGE WITH HIM.

RONALD PERFORMS A LOVELY SPOKEN WORD TO MUSIC PIECE.

HOWARD ECHOES CHRIS’ OBSERVATIONS ABOUT DEMENTIA.


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.