Keeping creative during COVID

The Community Makers network are now meeting online monthly to hear experiences from fellow Community Makers, and discuss the evolving challenges of running dementia support groups through the COVID pandemic. This month, the community had a presentation from Rebecca Packwood from Age Exchange describing how they had successfully moved their in-person creative art groups to […]

Hardware review for video communications

We have recently created a guide to the various device options for supporting people affected by dementia through video calling. The review explores the variety of issues to consider in choosing a device for people with dementia, from ease of use and flexibility, to ergonomics and cost. The review also in describes three different types […]

Community Makers: a toolkit for getting your groups online

By the Association for Dementia Studies First up was Matt Harrison, Senior Designer at UK Dementia Research Institute Care Research and Technology Centre, Imperial College. To provide some background to their online work, Matt told us about a project they’re working on which is using a range of sensors in the house to look at how […]

#2 Getting virtual — defining the needs of an online community centre.

View, comment on, and share this piece on In our first post we looked at the need to help people affected by dementia reconnect online to help mitigate the impact of isolation during COVID-19 lockdown. Technology is both an enabler and a barrier to inclusion. So we must draw on its strengths and opportunities and consider […]


#1 Understanding Isolation.

View, comment on, and share this piece on Matt Harrison, Alice Blencowe, Lauren Dowling, Natasha Howard, Alinda Fernandes, Dr Shirley Evans Under the current circumstances of COVID-19 related lockdown, we are seeing how people living with dementia are particularly vulnerable to the challenges of social distancing and isolation. They are commonly frail with complex […]