Report: Exploring early-stage dementia through photography and storytelling

A report by researcher Alison Ward on her research in Denmark exploring the experiences of people with early stage dementia, through the means of photography and storytelling.

Photography and storytelling: Exploring the Experiences of People with Early Stage Dementia is a report published in 2015 by Alison Ward, who undertook a four-week Churchill Fellowship leading an exploratory photography and storytelling study to understand how people with dementia experience being a student at VUK (Voksenskolen for Undervisning og Kommunikation) school and to find out about creative activities and services which are being delivered in Denmark to support people with dementia.

Read the full report here.

Alison has been a Researcher for over 10 years and is currently undertaking her PhD in dementia and drama and storytelling. Alison’s particular interests include:

  • Dementia
  • Creative engagement and wellbeing
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Patient and public involvement
  • Service evaluation

Alison is currently employed at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Northampton. She is a member of the Dementia Communities of Practice at the University of Northampton and is a member of the team to set up a new social club for people with young onset dementia and their carers in Northamptonshire.

Alison is also the Public and Patient Involvement Lead for the Aging Research Centre at the University of Northampton. Alison volunteers at the Forest Centre, St Mary’s Hospital in Kettering, running TimeSlips storytelling sessions with people with advanced dementia. Alison is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Public Health and member of their Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group.

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