Association for Dementia Studies

A national and international centre of excellence in training, education and research in dementia studies.

Association for Dementia Studies

About the Association for Dementia Studies

The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) was established in 2009 at the University of Worcester under the leadership of Professor Dawn Brooker. Our aim is to make a substantial contribution to building evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their families that enables them to live well. We do this primarily through research, education and scholarship.

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Over the Rainbow LGBT dementia support and advocacy project – First meeting 29 May 2014, Birmingham

We are delighted to announce that the first meeting of the Over the Rainbow LGBT dementia support and advocacy project will be held at Birmingham LGBT Centre on Thursday 29 May from 1pm – 4pm. Refreshments and support to travel to the meeting will be provided.

The Over the Rainbow project is in partnership with the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies, Birmingham LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and PACE Health London. We know that LGBT people with dementia are especially marginalised communities and that the issues impacting LGBT people with dementia are under represented in general dementia groups and charities (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013). What haven’t been heard, to date, are the voices of LGBT people with dementia themselves.

The Over the Rainbow project offers:

1) An opportunity for LGBT people with dementia and carers to come together in safe spaces; 

2) The facilitation of intergenerational dialogue, support and advocacy;

3) The voices of LGBT people with dementia to be heard (through ongoing ‘dementia rainbow friends’ buddying, and online representation).

The project is funded by DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project), which is led by Innovations in Dementia in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. DEEP is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief. The project has received ethical approval from the University of Worcester Research Ethics Committee.

If you would like to come to the meeting, or you would like further information, please contact Liz Peel on Twitter: @ProfPeel or phone Michelle King on 01905 855362.

See also


Moving to Longevity” A Practical & Theoretical Development Day in Movement Dance & Dementia

Facilitated by Richard Coaten PhD BA(Hons) Dip ITD RDMP
Date & Time: May 19th 2014 09.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: The Studio, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB

Now fully booked - if you wish to be placed on a reserve list please email your details to



• April 9th Worcestershire Early Intervention in Dementia Service (EIDS) - Launch event’ for developing the pathway and services for younger people with dementia and families
• May 14th ADS 5th Birthday event at the Worcester Arena

Further information on these will be posted on the website in due course.

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