SCIE media releases 2010

Dementia Gateway – new content in Dementia Awareness Week

05 July 2010

Try to understand how hard it is for us…it’s just that you can’t see the missing bits that we are having to cope without.

Christine Bryden, a woman with dementia.

An online resource that supports people with dementia, their carers, and staff working in dementia services has been updated by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week 2010.

The Dementia Gateway, created in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society, helps carers to understand dementia and the challenges they may face when looking after people who have the condition. The website offers practical tips, tools, and activities on key areas in an accessible and user-friendly format.

SCIE says the Gateway contains all you need to know about dementia, and the new content builds on what is already the most comprehensive set of resources that have been developed. Each section has been written by a national dementia expert, so users can be sure the information and guidance is up-to-date and reflects current good practices. The updated sections include:

SCIE's Director of Adult Services David Walden says:

As our knowledge about dementia grows, so do the tools we can produce to support people to understand the condition, and in turn help those with dementia to ‘live well’. For example, not everyone caring for someone with dementia will be trained – many will be family members coping the best they can. Therefore it is extremely important that the most up-to-date information and advice is easily accessible to all. That is what the Dementia Gateway is for.

The new-look Gateway will also provide ‘learning records’ for people to keep track of what they have learnt, and new sections including ‘end of life’ and ‘making decisions’.

Case studies

SCIE also offers access to a series of films developed for its Social Care TV service. These films cover dementia and other relevant topics such as nutrition and personalisation. Case studies featured in these films may be available for interview. Quotes can also be taken directly from the films.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email:

Notes to editors

Quote: Christine Bryden, writing in her book, Dancing with dementia: my story of living positively with dementia.