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Karen Harrison Dening

Karen Harrison Dening

Head of Research and Evaluation at Dementia UK

Karen has over 40 years’ experience in dementia care in a variety of settings and contexts. For the past twelve years she has worked with Dementia UK and Admiral Nursing, and is now the Head of Research and Publications. She gained a PhD at University College London focusing on advance care planning and end-of-life care in dementia. She holds honorary academic positions at the Universities of Nottingham, Liverpool and De Montfort, Leicester.

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Today I helped facilitate the first ECHO meeting for the Dementia and End of Life Community of Practice (DCoP)! I am sure this initiates a lot of questions for the reader of this blog so here goes!

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The OPAL programme (Identifying And Addressing Shared Challenges In Conducting Health And Social Care Research For Older People) was supported by The Newton Fund Researcher Links and funded by the British Council and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

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As I go about my ‘ordinary, everyday life’ - when not wearing my Dementia UK hat – I still seem to try and view the world through eyes that seek the most ‘dementia friendly’ of aspects.  I cannot help it.  Whether it is when I need to visit a public toilet – would a person with dementia feel able

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Unpaid carers are still the mainstay of support for people with dementia in the UK.

Karen Harrison Dening

There is much debate on when is the best time to offer advance care planning to people with dementia. I would say as soon as possible after the diagnosis of dementia is made.  Many professionals feel that getting people with dementia to start thinking about their end of life care wishes is both t