Dementia Centred

A recent project, ‘Knowing what to say and how to say it’, focused on people’s experiences of talking about health issues, in particular deafness and dementia. The aim of the project was to understand how people felt discussing certain health issues; were they comfortable bringing up the subject(s) or were they more apprehensive.

The project was a collaboration between Our Connected Neighbourhoods (OCN) and Ideas for Ears (IFE); OCN strives to improve experiences for people living with dementia and IFE has the same goal but for people with hearing loss. There are many similarities between deafness and dementia, which made this project ideal for collaboration. Two of the notable similarities that people living with dementia and / or hearing loss often report is increased feelings of isolation and loneliness.

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