BPS sponsored dementia report launched in House of Commons

The British Psychological Society is pleased to be the major sponsor of the  Making the Case for the Social Sciences report on dementia that was launched this week at a House of Commons seminar.

BPS President Jamie Hacker Hughes, who introduced the launch event, said: “Dementia is one of the Society’s prioritised areas of its strategy on Health and Wellbeing, reflecting the increasing emphasis on dementia as a social, political and economic priority in all four nations of the United Kingdom.”

“Dementia is an umbrella term that encompasses a group of conditions that progressively reduce the brain’s ability to function. Although dementia results ultimately from physical changes in the brain, the effects of dementia are primarily psychological in nature as they involve progressive decline in mental functions such as memory, language, attention, concentration, visual perception, planning and problem solving. Physical difficulties such as reaching, walking and swallowing may also arise – all at a time when people are also experiencing significant changes in health, lifestyle and social contact.”

The report is the eleventh in the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) series showcasing the impact made by social science research. This report highlights how innovative research is transforming understanding of the consequences of these changes in function and the importance of person centred care. It may also help the development of more effective psychosocial interventions (especially in terms of early-onset dementia) and better support for not just individuals living with dementia but their carers and family members.

Making the Case for the Social Sciences

The seminar included a Panel Discussion and QnA with The Right Honourable Norman Lamb, Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Baroness Sally Greengross OBE.

The report is available to download from the AcSS website and you can also view a post-launch report.