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What are the challenges?

In this article we introduce this week's focus on innovations that can meet the most pressing needs for people living with dementia.
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At the start of this course I spoke about the challenge presented by the growing numbers of people living with dementia around the world. This week we’ll consider some of the bigger questions - how do we plan for current and future demands in our rapidly changing world? Insights from research are leading to new treatments for the symptoms associated with dementia, the knowledge we are gaining gives us a basis for hope. We’ll present examples of research initiatives that improve the lives of people living with dementia. We’ll consider the role of innovation. Can we harness technology to improve connections and help with daily life? How can we develop products and services to meet the most pressing needs?
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How do we involve those living with dementia in these developments? We’ll also look at some positive changes to public and community spaces that can help people living with dementia and their carers to live well. We will share local examples from which we’ll see that small changes can have a big impact. Your insights and opinions matter as we prioritise what is important for us right now, identify where innovation is most needed and be advocates for change.
In the final week, we examine the key challenges we face, and consider ways these can be overcome, now and in the future. It’s important that we plan now to meet the future demands, so that we can improve the lives of people living with dementia.
We’ll look at on-going research, but our focus is on innovations that can meet the most pressing needs. These could be existing or emerging technologies, but can also be changes to how we organise services in our communities, wherever we live. We will share some of our local examples from which we’ll see that small changes can have a big impact.
This week in particular, we’d like to draw on your ideas and insights and help us prioritise what might be important in the future.
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