International Dementia and Culture Collaborative

International Dementia and Culture Collaborative (IDCC)

Globally 46.8 million people are estimated to be living with dementia, this is expected to double in the next 20 years. Recent figures suggest a new diagnosis of dementia occurs every 3 seconds. Dementia is a term used to describe a syndrome which is caused by diseases of the brain, which impact on memory, reasoning, communication and ability to carry out activities of daily living. This occurs alongside the development of behavioural and psychological symptoms.

Culturally specific communication, integration and person-centred care for people with dementia is essential in supporting their human rights and citizenship.  There is a need for a rights-based approach of understanding culturally sensitive dementia care and support to prevent social exclusion and discrimination in socio-cultural policies and practices.

Cultural beliefs have a direct influence on how health, illness and the ill person is interpreted. However, there is currently a lack of understanding of the impact of the culturally diverse health and social care dementia workforce on the provision of culturally sensitive care for people with dementia.

IDCC aims to explore and develop culturally sensitive care and support for people living with dementia to support their human rights and citizenship, and to understand how health and social care professionals’ culturally driven perceptions of the biological, psychological and social aspects of dementia impact on their provision of culturally sensitive care.

IDCC members:

Dr Jo Brooke(Team Leader)

Professor Debra Jackson

Alicia Diaz Gil  (Dementia Research Nurse, OxINMAHR)

Dr Camille Cronin (University of Essex)

Marlon Stiell (University of Greenwich)

Dr Omorogieva Ojo (University of Greenwich)

Dr Brigita Skela Savič, Associate Professor, Dean of Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia

Dr Simona Hvalič Touzery, Assistant Professor, Head of Social Sciences Department, Faculty of Health Care Jesenice, Slovenia