Dementia day programmes: how can we tell if they are effective?


Caroline Struthers looks at a study on the effectiveness of a NZ dementia day programme but wonders about the use of outcomes measures in the research.

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Inconsistent messages about healthy eating impact on choices made by people with learning disabilities in day services

Food on the brain

What do we know about what factors influencing food choice by people with learning disabilities in day services?

Here, we look at a qualitative study, which sets out to explore this in a day service in Scotland.

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Costs of CBT for anger management tested against 'as usual' day service

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Last week we posted about the publication of a new manual for therapists engaged in providing cognitive behavioural therapy to people with learning disabilities . In that post, we drew attention to two randomised trials that had been done in the early 2000’s whose findings were m anger – encouraging. This latest study adds a [read the full story…]

1 in 4 adults with a learning disability stuck at home due to cuts to day services says mencap report


A report from the learning disability charity mencap, based on data from a freedom of information request to 152 local authorities, an online survey of 280 people with learning disabilities and their carers and a survey of nearly 200 professionals suggests that nearly a third of local authorities have closed day services in the last [read the full story…]

Norwegian study suggests users of senior centres would welcome inclusion of older people with learning disabilities

our voice

Inclusion sits at the heart of policy relating to the support of people with learning disabilities. This Norwegian study set out to look at some practical implications of this in relation to providing support to older people with learning disabilities, in particular the views and attitudes of people using ‘senior centres’ in Norway to the [read the full story…]