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.
Dementia Diaries Website
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 IS UNHAPPY WITH A LOCAL TRANSPORT SCHEME
THE WEATHER HAS WREAKED HAVOC WITH GLENDA’S NEWLY PLANTED FLOWERS.
LARRY READS A NEW POEM ‘UNTIL IT’S NOT’
CAROL REPORTS ON HER LONG JOURNEY FROM KENT TO EXETER
STEPHEN REPORTS ON A BUSY WEEK AND BUSY PERIOD AHEAD.
RON MUSES ON THE POTENTIAL OF NEUROGENESIS
MELVYN IS AWESTRUCK BY THE BBC PROGRAMME OUR DEMENTIA CHOIR.
ELAINE REPORTS ON A VERY LONG AND UNCOMFORTABLE WALK.
JOY IS BUILDING SUPPORT FOR HER WORK TO RAISE AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS.
AGNES TALKS ABOUT HER NEW BOOK.
RAYMOND FEELS AIRPORTS SHOULD BE MORE AWARE OF DEMENTIA.
STEPHEN LOOKS FORWARD TO COPD REHAB
STEPHEN IS HAPPY IF A BIT SORE AFTER HIS FIRST SESSION OF COPD REHAB.
TOMMY TALKS ABOUT BEING AT THE NORTHERN IRELAND DEEP GATHERING
TOMMY AND PAUL USE SONG TO INVESTIGATE A HOLE
CAROL CONGRATULATES RAE ON HER APPEARANCE ON TV
GEORGE REFLECTS ON THE 5 STEPS TO WELLBEING APPROACH.
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.