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21 October - 17 November
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What’s not said in dementia care?

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

Drop in to this event supported by the Manchester Carers Forum, for carers and representatives from third sector and community organisations, to consider examples of carers’ use of lies and the role they play.  

These examples have been gathered from our research and will be displayed across a series of posterboards alongside accompanying artwork. Attendees will be invited to place a vote in opinion boxes on the question “Would you lie?” for each example displayed, and to add their own examples to a separate posterboard using postcards.  

We will be on hand, along with representatives from the Manchester Carers Forum, to answer any questions, discuss the role of lies in dementia care practice, and talk about the resource booklet we have produced with people who are providing care for a family member living with dementia. Copies of the booklet will be made available to all attendees.  

What’s it about?

Caring for a family member living with dementia can present many challenges for both those with dementia and their carers. One common issue is the role of honesty and lies in dementia care. Our research highlights how it can be hard for carers to make peace with the lies they feel they sometimes must tell to protect their emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing and that of the person for whom they care.  

Often carers use lies to simply restore order to their everyday lives yet can be concerned about the moral implications of lying to a loved one. There is a lack of opportunity for carers to discuss this potentially troubling aspect of their care practice.  

The key focus for this booklet is the role of lies in dementia care, and the impact they might have on a sense of wellbeing for both carers and people living with dementia. The primary aim is to think about the use of lies in care practice in less stigmatising ways. 

Who’s leading the event?

Dr David Dobson 

Dr Andrew Balmer 

Dr James Hodgson 

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Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to people living with dementia, those proving care for a family member with dementia, and representatives from relevant third sector organisations. 

Event Booking details

Drop in on the day, no need to book in advance.