National Dementia Action Alliance Newsletter April 2019


Updates from the National Dementia Action Alliance for April
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Our April newsletter includes a member achievement from Age UK, an interview with Helping Hands and reports from our recent event on dementia and prisons and webinar on sexual intimacy and older people
Welcome to the April edition of the National Dementia Action Alliance newsletter which includes an update from Age UK on their best achievements from 2018The latest instalment of our 5 minutes with feature is with Jayne Vale who is Dementia Specialist at Helping Hands. There’s also reports from our webinar on Sexual Intimacy and Older People and from the event we co-hosted on dementia and prisons. Plus there are updates from NDAA members Toby Williamson ConsultancyNHS England, Royal College of Nursing, Alzheimer’s Society, the Lewy Body Society, and Music for Dementia 2020
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NDAA co-hosts Addressing the Challenges of Dementia in Prisons event

On 28th March 2019 National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) and Alzheimer’s Society ran an event to look at supporting people affected by dementia in, and being released from, prison. The half-day event saw a range of delegates from both the prison and health and social care sector come together to learn about and discuss issues affecting the prison population.

For the full report and the presentations from the day click below.

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Report now available for NDAA webinar on sexual intimacy and older people

On Thursday 28 March 2019, the NDAA were joined by Dr Dawne Garrett, Professional Lead – Older People and Dementia Care at Royal College of Nursing, who led an engaging and informative webinar on sexual intimacy and older people. A recording from the webinar will be available to NDAA members in the coming months, if you would like to be alerted when that is available or have any questions please contact

Click below for the full report and papers.

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5 Minutes with Jayne Vale from Helping Hands

We caught up with Jayne Vale who is Dementia Specialist at Helping Hands. Jane works closely with healthcare professionals around the UK to provide advice and support, and also trains new carers in dementia awareness and how to be a great dementia carer. In the interview she told us more about Helping Hands and the work they do, how home care provided to people living with dementia can enable them to live independently at home and their future plans.


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The Dementia Manifesto: A revolution in how dementia is understood?

In this blog from NDAA member Toby Williamson Consultancy, Toby explains how his new book ‘The Dementia Manifesto’ aims to introduce a radical change of thinking where ‘dementia as life’ can be understood in more positive terms and an essential way to view the condition.

Click below to read the full blog from Toby.

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NDAA member achievements – Age UK

For our annual report 2018/19 we asked our members to submit an achievement relating to supporting people living with dementia and carers they were most proud of from 2018. Each month we’ll be sharing one of these and celebrating the fantastic work our members do. This month we hear from Age UK on updates they made to their Living Well with Dementia guidance and a Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy pilot programme.

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Royal College of Nursing introduce Aspects of Age: Exhibition

NDAA member Royal College of Nursing have launched a new exhibition this month entitled ‘Aspects of Age’ which is free to attend and runs until 30 September 2019 at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre in London. It focusses on the way the nursing for older people has changed and improved as the population ages. The theme considers care and support that is available including for people living with dementia and their carers.

See further details on the exhibition by clicking below.

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Thank you to everyone who filled out our member survey

We want to thank everyone who completed our member survey which was sent by NDAA Engagement Officer, Sarah More recently. The survey looked to establish key topics our members want the NDAA to explore more during our 2019/20 event and webinar series. We also want to hear views on what projects we should be focusing on and how we should be taking our current work activity forward.

If your organisation is a member but you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey yet there is still time and you’ll just need to refer to Sarah’s email for the link. If for any reason you haven’t received the survey and would like to complete it you can contact us at

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Other NDAA news – click for details


Alzheimer’s Society announce a new £20 million research centre focusing on innovation in care research

NHS England launch new digital tool to help reduce avoidable lengthy stays in hospital

Government release Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill report with House of Lords amends including recommendations care home managers shouldn’t carry out DoLS assessments

Programme Director Grace Meadows from Music For Dementia explains how music can be a lifeline for people living with dementia

The Lewy Body Society are seeking applications for their next round of grants. The deadline is 31st May 2019 

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