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Psychological Dimensions of Dementia

18 April 2018

The following documents, put together by the British Psychological Society Dementia Advisory Group, present a psychological perspective on the nature and experience of dementia, outline the extensive contributions that psychologists have made in this field, and issue a number of recommendations on how to improve understanding and care for those experiencing dementia and their families.

Putting the Person at the Centre of Care

This document has been designed to reflect universally applicable principles of good psychological practice, while also recognising that there are key differences between the four UK nations in terms of policy, strategy emphasis, and service delivery.

In addition to outlining the roles and contributions of psychologists in the field of dementia care (particularly in supporting a move towards addressing dementia not only in terms of the underlying disease but also in considering the practical dimensions of social and cognitive disability associated with it), this report presents recommendations for action in the following areas:

  • Prevention
  • Assessment
  • Planning of care
  • Treatment and support
  • Dealing effectively and appropriately with families and carers
  • Training and research

These recommendations were produced in consultation with people experiencing dementia, their families, and their carers, in order to present a truly person-centred approach to dementia treatment and management in the UK.


Evidence Briefing: Dementia, accessibility, and minority groups

The aim of this document is to provide an overview of the needs of people who are affected by dementia, their families and carers from black, asian and minority ethnic groups.

The briefing paper summarise research and clinical evidence in this area so as to aid commissioners and other stakeholders to shape the service landscape.

It is not intended to be read as a set of recommendations for practitioners.


Evidence Briefing: Mild Cognitive Impairment

The aim of this document is to provide an overview of the current evidence relating to states, such as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), which may lead onto a dementia, and the support that may be needed by those where problems are detected before a dementia may be diagnosed.

It is not intended to be read as a set of recommendations for practitioners.


Evidence Briefing: 'Behaviour that challenges' in dementia

This briefing outlines the importance of having a psychological understanding of the complex causes of ‘behaviour that challenges’ (BtC) and related interventions to meet the needs of the person living with dementia. It summarises research and clinical evidence in this arena, to aid commissioners and other stakeholders to shape the service landscape.

It is not intended to be read as a set of recommendations for practitioners.

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