Helping Service Users to Understand Dementia
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Helping Service Users to Understand Dementia

Mary Waight Clinical specialist occupational therapist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Warren Oldreive Specialist speech and language therapist for learning disabilities services, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mary Waight and Warren Oldreive discuss the development of a computer program that helps people with learning disabilities find out about their friends’ diagnoses

As people with learning disabilities live longer, they become more likely to experience or encounter dementia. Many will live with fellow service users who have been diagnosed with the condition. This article explains why such people should be given information about dementia, tailored to meet their individual needs. It also includes a case study describing how the authors devised a computer-aided diagnostic information program for three people with learning disabilities whose housemate had been diagnosed with dementia.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 7,16-20. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 02 April 2013

Accepted: 06 June 2013