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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 for 14 years, 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. Karen is also Consultant Editor of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

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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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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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