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About Dementia Day-to-Day

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Dementia Day-to-Day is a new joint initiative led by the Institute of Mental Health and the University of Nottingham School of English. It takes the form of a unique series of blogs – mainly online diaries and reflective pieces ­– that is integrated into the existing IDEA website.

We've assembled a panel of authors – from all walks of life, each with their own lived experience of, and interest in, dementia – to explore the subject of ageing and wellbeing from as many angles as possible.

idea.nottingham.ac.uk image: someone typing on a laptopOne of the most dominant ways of thinking about dementia is from a clinical, scientific medical vantage point, a perspective that focuses on identifying researching causes of and developing treatments for dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease. It is this type of perspective that often inspires and dominates much media coverage of dementia-related issues.  

There are, however, many other vantage points from which to explore dementia and wellbeing, and this is what Dementia Day-to-Day aims to do. Alongside more medical perspectives, you’ll find personal, social and cultural takes on dementia – a variety of commentaries designed to be informative, engaging and (always) accessible.

The blogs are updated regularly and are often topical, responding to events in the news, developments in research, and so on. But they are not exclusively so. Here you’ll also find accounts by people with dementia, their carers, friends and family members – all of whom describe their day-to-day experiences and stories.

Dementia Day-to-Day is an ever-expanding resource. Accordingly we welcome blogs from new authors. If you would like to contribute, please do contact us by emailing kevin.harvey@nottingham.ac.uk

Disclaimer: although we hope that the information and discussion about dementia and related subjects will be informative and insightful, Dementia Day-to-Day is not a medical advice column: its words and other content are not intended and should not be construed as clinical counsel.

The editors reserve the right to amend and review posts that are submitted to Dementia Day-to-Day. Although we aim to be inclusive as possible, we retain the right to reject submissions that do not expressly conform to the objectives and functions of Dementia Day-to-Day.

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In this video, Professor Tom Dening explains what we're trying to achieve. He refers to Fishbowl, which was the title of the project that has developed into Dementia Day-to-Day.