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Dementia detectives is a workshop for young people aged 14-16 years. The aim is to raise awareness of dementia among young people. Dementia Detectives has been developed by Dr Sahdia Parveen at School Of Dementia Studies, University of Bradford.

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on 5 May 2016

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The Team
Detective Chief Superintendent:
Sahdia Parveen
Team Sherlock

Team Quincy

Team Marple

Team Morse

Team Columbo
Your Brief
Bust the myths surrounding dementia
Discover how to support a person with dementia

Operation POD
(Perceptions of Dementia)
What is dementia?

You have 5 minutes to write down everything you know…

Operation POD: Feedback
Team Sherlock
Team Quincy
Team Marple
Team Morse
What is dementia?
Dementia is not the same as ageing
Dementia is a disease of the brain
Dementia is progressive which means the symptoms gradually become worse
But it is possible to live well with dementia

Signs and Symptoms
Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way
Symptoms include...
As dementia progresses...
Difficulties become more widespread and severe
BUT remember each person is different!
Types of Dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term
Alzheimer's disease
Vascular dementia
Fronto temporal
Dementia with Lewy bodies
Alzheimer's Disease
Vascular Dementia
Some stats...
Dementia Diagnosis
A diagnosis will usually be made by a specialist doctor or health professional:
An old age psychiatrist (mental health specialist)
An old age physician (physical health specialist)
A neurologist (nervous system specialist)
Dementia Diagnosis
No single test
Things that help...
No cure at the moment!
Risk Factors
Difficult to say for sure.
Things that may increase the risk:
Heavy drinking
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Lack of learning
Risk Factors
Things that might reduce the risk:
To Summarise...
Operation Identity
Dementia Friends
With a little understanding and support from people like you a person with dementia can still have a fun life and live independently for longer.

Operation VIPS
In your teams
Write down what you can do to support a person with dementia in the community
Lessons Learned
Dementia is not normal ageing.
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
It is not just about losing your memory.
It's possible to live well with it.
There is more to the person than the dementia.
Interesting websites.
Thank you!
Don't forget to complete your feedback sheet!!!
and tweet using
Team Columbo
Follow @demdetectives

Operation Tea
Write down all the steps involved in making a cup of tea.

You have 5 minutes...GO!
Did you remember all the steps?

What would happen if you missed a step?

How would you feel?
Alzheimers society http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

NHS http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia-guide/pages/about-dementia.aspx

Dementia Friends https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
The teams today are...
You have been given 5 profiles. Based on this information your team must identify who has dementia.
You have 5 minutes!
Living with dementia
Some ideas...
Hidden in this maze is an additional activity designed to help you think about what it feels like to live with dementia.

Use your detective skills to find it and complete it.

Don't forget to tweet your thoughts on this activity using #dementiadetectives
You can watch more videos at
42, 325 under 65 years
57, 753 65-69 years
77, 376 70-74 years
125, 673 75-79 years
172, 227 80-84 years
170, 750 85-89 years
124-753 90-94 years
Over 2 million people predicted to be diagnosed with dementia by 2051
But remember...
with dementia
person with
People with dementia are VIPS!
alue the person with dementia regardless of their age or ability
People with dementia are
ndividuals and unique.
Just like you!
Try to understand the person with dementia's
erspective. Empathy is important!
People with dementia, like you, enjoy and benefit from
Share a cuppa
Make a memory box
Create a favourite playlist together
Be patient
Spend some time together
Meet Carole Floyd...
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