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By DSDC Team

February 3rd, 2016

Neighbourhoods: our people, our places

The University of Stirling is running exciting new international research into neighbourhoods and the role they play in supporting people with dementia to remain active and independent. The research we do can go on to help impact on policies and change to improve the lives for people with dementia.

Are you living in Central Scotland with dementia or caring for someone with dementia? If you are, a team from the University of Stirling would like to hear from you.

The research is currently being undertaken at universities in Stirling, Manchester and Linköping and is part of a 5-year programme funded by the Government which is aimed at bringing about change by listening to people with dementia and carers.

Who are we looking for?

We are currently seeking to recruit people living in Central Scotland and are keen to hear from couples (where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia), from people with dementia who live alone, and from carers whose spouse or partner is now residing in a care home.

What will be involved?

We will ask you to take part in a series of interviews. The first set of interviews will involve activities like taking us for a walk in your neighbourhood to show us around. We will also ask you to tell us about the people around you who support and help you and we may ask you to give us a quick tour of your home. After 6-12 months we hope to return and repeat these interviews to find out if or how things have changed.

What is the research for?

The research will lead directly to the design of an intervention aimed at improving support to people with dementia and their carers at a local level. By taking part in the research you will help in the creation of dementia-friendly environments and contribute to our understanding of what people with dementia value about the places where they live.

How do you get involved?

If you would like to get involved or would like further information before making your decision please contact a member of the research team at Stirling (below).  We are happy to talk to you over the phone or to pay you a visit at home.

Dr Richard Ward, Lead Investigator.  Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies – School of Applied Social Science and Education,   University of Stirling. STIRLING, FK9 4LA.  Email:

Dr Kirsty Alexander, Researcher. 3S37, Colin Bell Building, School of Applied Social Science and Education, STIRLING, FK9 4LA. Mobile. 07890 548460 ,  Email:

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