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    It is estimated that 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. Looking after them can be a challenge but there is a lot that can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them.

    Challenge Demcare is an exciting programme of research led by Professor Esme Moniz-Cook, Professor of Psychology Ageing & Dementia Care Research, University of Hull and Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Hon), Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and funded by the National Institute of Health Research. The programme has developed an interactive computer system to assist mental health workers to support family carers and to help staff in care homes to provide a better quality of life for people with dementia. It is hoped the interactive system will also reduce stress levels for the mental health workers and care home staff themselves.

    Professor Esme Moniz-Cook said:

    “We want to develop practical, personalised programmes that people with dementia, their families and health and social care staff can use to help maintain autonomy and dignity…”

    “As a clinician it is especially exciting to be given the opportunity to work with people with dementia and their families in finding support that really works to resolve the challenges they face in their everyday lives…”