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    Over 750,000 people in the UK have 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, consultant clinical psychologist at Humber NHS Foundation Trust and honorary professor of Dementia Research at the University of Hull, 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…”

    In addition to the Challenge Demcare programme of research the team is also involved in a number of other national dementia care studies. Please click the "Other Studies" tab at the top of this page to go to the Challenge Demcare other studies page.