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Psychological Dimensions of Dementia: Putting the Person at the Centre of Care

12 November 2016

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

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.


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