DSDC Wales Research Centre

The main aim of the DSDC Wales Research Centre is to improve the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia and their supporters, through conducting and applying relevant research.  The research team at the Centre works closely with people living with dementia and their carers, as well as health and social care professionals, to ensure that the voices of all those affected by dementia are heard.   The Centre’s research helps to drive improvements in health and social care services, and to direct future policy.  The Centre shares its research and expertise throughout the UK and internationally.The Centre also provides services and resources direct to people living with dementia, and to their families and carers.


Senior woman sitting In chair and laughing with nurse

The Centre’s ‘Health, Wellbeing and Resilience’ research programme is helping to determine how people with dementia can best maintain well-being and build resilience when faced with challenging circumstances. The Centre also conducts research into the needs of carers, and into the skills, training and support they need to help them look after someone with dementia.

Improving health and social care is another key area for the Centre’s research, investigating how people identify services, what barriers might prevent people using them, and how to design more effective services.   

The Centre also looks at how use of the arts can help people living with dementia, and also at how the arts can help dementia care staff to enhance their interactions with the people under their care.

The Centre is part of a study into Rare Dementia, to examine the challenges, support needs and care preferences of those suffering from a rare dementia.

If you would like to get directly involved in the research being carried out by DSDC Wales Research Centre, you can see their current opportunities here Get involved

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A group of seniors smiling in a retirement home

The Centre’s ‘Friendly Face Initiative’ is a telephone-based service which provides the opportunity for individual peer support, where anyone affected by dementia can talk to someone who is living with dementia.

Life Story Work’ focuses on the development of a ‘life story book’ by people with dementia and their families, incorporating music, photos and stories to help with memory and conversation.

The Centre’s ‘Cognitive Stimulation’ manual and ‘Dementia and Imagination’ booklet contain activities for people with dementia to enjoy with their families or carers, to support memory, language, communication and relationships.

Read more here about DSDC Wales Research Centre’s services…