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Dementia Action Research & Education (DARE) Network Event

15:00 - 16:30
10 September 2013
Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Dr Ruth Bartlett on 012380 595912 or email or @RuthLBartlett .

Event details

The DARE Network is a new forum set up by Dr Ruth Bartlett (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences) to facilitate conversations and priority setting in relation to dementia action, research, and education.

Open to academic staff, postgraduate students and local stakeholders, the DARE Network aims to:

  • Keep members abreast of what's happening within the Faculty of Health Sciences in relation to dementia research and/or education
  • Influence the Faculty's agenda and priorities in relation to dementia research and education
  • Provide a forum for people with similar interests to meet, and share ideas and resources

The first DARE meeting will be on Tuesday 10 September from 3 - 4.30 pm on Highfield Campus and will involve a talk on 'Creating a Possibilities Discourse' by Prof. Sherry Dupuis, (University of Waterloo, Canada).

To register your interest in DARE and/or to reserve a place at the 1st meeting please contact Ruth, @RuthLBartlett, or telephone 012380 595912


Speaker information

Dr Ruth Bartlett,Dr Bartlett is a visual sociologist with a background in mental health nursing. She researches, teaches, and engages the public in dementia studies.

Professor Sherry Dupuis ,Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada,The troubling and predominate discourse surrounding dementia continues to be framed and understood within biomedical and psychological models of illness and disease where dementia is reduced to a culmination of “canned” symptoms and behaviours and associated only with dysfunction and decline. This tragedy discourse, present in health care literature, public discourse, and policy documents, produces and reproduces stigma, fear, and misunderstanding about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, is causing much harm and suffering to persons living with it and their families who often experience a form of inter-relational violence. Alternative images grounded in research and the lived experiences of persons and families living with the label of dementia offer a different view of life with dementia – one that is life-affirming and based in relationality and possibility. In this presentation, Dr. Dupuis will revisit this troubling discourse and the links between the language we use and our assumptions, actions and practices, and the way we relate to one another in dementia care. She asks what it might mean for persons with dementia and their family members if we had new discourses based in hope, possibility and ethical relating.

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