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Understanding dementia through drama

A drama project has brought research on dementia to life for healthcare professionals as well as directly benefiting people with the condition. Cathy Bailey explains how.

My colleagues and I at Northumbria University and the University of Edinburgh have been working on a research project that explores everyday tensions between the notions of risk and resilience for some people living with dementia in the north east of England. Often, it is everyday activities such as going to the hairdresser or the post office that can present considerable challenges for people living with the condition. Such challenges may be as much to do with how others communicate and engage with someone with dementia, as it is about the person themselves.

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