Alzheimer's Society Innovation Hub

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected everyone's lives in ways we never expected. We know that for people affected by dementia it is especially challenging.  This new situation requires new solutions, and it needs them soon.  Use this space to tell us the challenges that people living with dementia and their carers are facing right now. Comment on other people's suggestions and vote on which ones are most important to you. The Alzheimer's Society Innovation team will then find the best ways to address them.

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We want to tackle the biggest challenges facing people with dementia as well as their families and carers. But what barriers do people face? We used suggestions and votes from hundreds of people who joined the innovation hub to decide what challenge our Innovation Team will tackle next. In total, 34 challenges were posted and 8 made it through to the final round of voting. Voting revealed three clear front runners: • Dressing: Clothing that promotes autonomy and self-esteem (and that looks good) • Resource for supporting end of life conversations • Staying dry – continence and dementia The Innovation Team spent time looking into each of the three subject areas, and found that there are currently significant developments and research underway addressing ‘resources for supporting end of life conversations’ and ‘clothing that promotes autonomy for people with dementia.’ Having considered this, along with additional criteria such as how big an impact a new innovation in each area would make for people affected by dementia, the Innovation team have cast their votes and we are excited to be taking forward the challenge of: ‘Staying dry – continence and dementia’ The Innovation team are committed to ensuring the project is firmly rooted in people's experiences. If you would like to share your story, please email innovation@alzheimers.org.uk We will look to pass on the enthusiasm expressed and comments for the other challenges to teams looking at these subject areas, and we will ensure that top ideas not picked this time are in the mix for the next Project Selection Challenge. A huge thank you to everyone for taking the opportunity to get involved in our work, and we look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress.  

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