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The recognition of and response to dementia in the community: lessons for professional development

Adult learning approaches require professionals to identify their learning needs. Learning about dementia syndromes is a complex task because of the insidious onset and variable course of the disease processes, the inexorability of cognitive and functional loss, and the emotional impact of neurodegenerative disorders on those experiencing them and on their family and professional carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Learning while caring

In this article the author discusses the learning and support needs of older women who, because they cared for elderly relatives, found it difficult to attend classes. She contends that there exists a gap in awareness and equal opportunities provision. In an in-depth investigation of the Government's new Access to Learning Fund (ALF) in relation to part-time students, the author found some considerable discrepancies.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Many carers need an outside interest, and Susan McGrath explains how this is being achieved in a project in East Sussex

Many carers need an outside interest, and Susan McGrath explains how this is being achieved in a project in East Sussex.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

LEAP framework

The LEAP (learning, evaluation and planning) framework is a toolkit designed to support a partnership approach to achieving change and improvement in the quality of community life. It has been used by policy makers, practitioners, and community activists in the fields of health education; adult learning; volunteering; and environmental planning. The framework will be of interest to anyone interested in using a partnership approach to improving outcomes for communities, service users and carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Out of the shadows

The author describes how his Private Member's Bill aims to give the UK's seven million carers the opportunity to learn and to develop a life beyond their caring responsibilities.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Care and the community

Caring for the Carers, is a course run by Brixham Community College's Adult and Community Learning Department in Devon for carers. This article provides an overview of the six week course which aims to give carers 'space for themselves' and covers aspects of healthy living, including relaxation, exercise, positive thinking, assertiveness and finding positive ways of meeting needs.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09