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Dementia - Joy Watson

In the UK alone there are currently over 835,000 cases of dementia, with this number anticipated to grow to one million by 2021.

At the University of Salford we have made the decision to utilise our resources to benefit those in our society whose lives have been impacted by this disease. Whilst a cure is sought, we are focusing on enabling people with dementia to live positive, fulfilled lives and instil in everyone a confidence that they can make a difference to an individual’s experience of dementia.

The Salford Institute for Dementia works directly with those who live with dementia and their carers in our local community, ensuring we are able to pass our knowledge on to our wide network of policy-makers, care home providers, healthcare practitioners and community groups. The Institute takes a person-centred approach, working directly with people affected by dementia and their carers to understand concerns. Institute members conduct research into different aspects that can affect wellbeing, including the built environment, using technological solutions, support networks and the arts.

We are an interdisciplinary team including staff who are architects, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, scientists and social scientists. We have a common mission - to contribute to improve the lives of those impacted by dementia, via our innovative research, education and public education work.

The Salford Institute for Dementia team

Bringing all of these aspects together, we work with partners and colleagues in the UK and internationally to change the way we all live and work to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

If you would like to help to improve the lives of those living with dementia today, please make a donation to support our vital work and improve the care and support provided to people living with dementia, their carers and family. A donation as little as £5 a month will help to provide Dementia Friends training sessions for our students and those in the local community. If you would like more information, please contact Lauren Taylor on or call 0161 2957062.

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