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:

AGNES REFLECTS ON HER PURPOSE IN LIFE.

JOHN DESCRIBES SOME OF THE ‘COGNITIVE RAMPS’ HE USES WHEN TRAVELLING

GLENDA REPORTS ON A BUSY DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK.

PAUL IS TIRED BUT HAPPY AFTER MEETING MANY OF HIS ‘DEEP FAMILY’

AGNES UPDATES ON HER WORK WITH DEMENTIA ENQUIRERS.

WORK IS GOING WELL WITH THE NEW EASTBOURNE DEEP GROUP – CHRIS REPORTS LIVE.

STEPHEN HAS BEEN POWERED UP.

JACQUI IS GETTING ON WELL WITH HER NEW PA

AGNES REPORTS ON THE EDINBURGH DEEP GATHERING

CAROL REPORTS LIVE FORM THE CANTERBURY DEEP GATHERING.

DORY’S HAD A GOOD WEEK AND NOW FLOWERS!

RAE IS FEELING LOW TODAY

AGNES FEELS THAT THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE CARE AVAILABLE AT HOME.

AGNES TALKS ABOUT THE NEED TO BE IN CONTROL OF HER OWN CARE PLAN.

Come by next week to hear more


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.