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Dementia Project (MEETINGDEM - JPND)

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The Association for Dementia Studies was awarded a European Union research grant in order to carry out potentially vital work in helping people and families living with dementia. The aim of the project, known as MEETINGDEM, supported through the EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), was to implement and evaluate the Meeting Centres Support Programme which has achieved great success in the Netherlands. The Meeting Centres Support Programme (MSCP) provides an innovative way of supporting people with mild to moderate dementia and their families through an evidence-based, person-centred approach.

The research grant trialled the approach in three countries – the UK, Italy and Poland. Professor Dawn Brooker led the project in the UK in collaboration with Professor Martin Orrell from University of Nottingham (formerly at University College London) and ADS led the work on the evaluation methodology for the whole programme. The ADS team included Dr. Simon Evans, Dr Shirley Evans, Teresa Atkinson, Nicola Jacobson-Wright, Nicky Bradbury and Mike Watts.

The UK research team was funded by the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council)  Grant reference: ES/L00920X/1

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