This programme aims to promote independence by:
• Identifying how social and lifestyle changes may help reduce the risk of developing dementia, and to better understand the social consequences of dementia.
• Developing and evaluating an effective social intervention to enhance independence and quality of life for people with early stage dementia and their carers.
1. Determine social and lifestyle risk factors for dementia in the context of social changes by using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) cohort (www.elsa-project.ac.uk) and related international datasets.
2. Investigate social attitudes to lifestyle change, cognitive decline, dementia and seeking help for memory problems; and explore the social consequences of memory problems and the diagnosis of dementia in both the ELSA sample and a cohort of people referred to memory services.
3. Develop and optimise a social intervention to increase independence and quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.
4. Conduct a randomised controlled trial of the social intervention to evaluate clinical and cost effectiveness and determine what is needed for widespread implementation.
5. Fast track capacity development for future research in dementia care by a programme of training and development opportunities for all levels of researcher.