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Karen Harrison Dening

Karen Harrison Dening

Head of Research and Evaluation at Dementia UK

Head of Research and Evaluation at Dementia UK, Dementia UK & Professor of Dementia Nursing at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Karen has over 40 years’ experience in dementia care in a variety of settings and contexts. For the past fifteen years she has worked with Admiral Nursing and Dementia UK and is now the Head of Research and Publications Part-time) and also seconded to De Montfort University, Leicester, in the position of Professor of Dementia Nursing (part-time).  She also holds honorary academic positions at the Universities of Nottingham and Liverpool Universities. She gained a PhD at University College London focusing on advance care planning and end-of-life care in dementia. Karen is Consultant Editor of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and on the editorial board of OBM Geriatrics.

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We should not be surprised that the experience of dementia is starting to be portrayed in many of the visual arts; film, TV, novels and theatre.  This is perhaps inevitable given that statistically dementia has a high prevalence and incidence globally with the World Health Organisation stating th

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I first became conscious of the concept of planning ahead for the end-of-life in the early 1990’s when I became a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) supporting families affected by dementia.  Over my 6 years as a CPN I was involved with several people with dementia

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A significant aspect of the work of the charity is in Increasing the general public’s understanding of the experience of what it is like to live with dementia; whether this is from the perspective of the person with the diagnosis, their family carer or health and social care professionals.  Achie

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Dementia is now the commonest cause of death in the UK, with an expected 220,000 annual deaths expected by 2040 either with or from dementia.

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The term ‘underserved populations’ is used frequently at the moment in relation to certain groups of people affected by dementia. But what do we actually mean when we talk of an underserved population?

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Care pathways have become a ubiquitous term in health and social care. A care pathway is defined as a complex intervention for the mutual decision-making and organisation of care processes for a well-defined group of patients during a well-defined period.

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I have worked in the field of dementia care for some forty years and consider myself to have a passion for improving the quality of care families affected by dementia receive.  In more recent years my career took a slightly different route.  Not away from the field

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There will be large numbers of people with dementia as the population continues to age.  Dementia is a progressive, irreversible neurodegenerative condition that greatly reduces life with one in three of the population expected to die with or from dementia.

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Dementia specialist Admiral Nurses are being asked more and more to support production teams of theatre, film and TV programmes on how best to portray dementia.

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I recently attended an international research workshop that aimed to elicit the views of attending ‘experts’ in the field of dementia research and care.  The focus of the workshop was to explore methodology that examined the receptivity of ‘early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease’ across various s

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