Spotlight on dementia and equalities

Published on 8 Jun 2018

In early 2018, Iriss was approached by Alzheimer Scotland to support it share the learning from their Spotlight series

The aim of the series was to discuss five subjects identified as topics for further investigation through NHS Health Scotland’s Dementia and equality - meeting the challenge in Scotland report (2016).

Spotlight brings people together to shine a light on a diverse range of topics to help raise awareness and develop practice with the aim of up-skilling staff and volunteers and empowering people with dementia and their families (Alzheimer Scotland, 2018).

The five subjects include: 

  • Age, younger onset dementia (under the age of 65 years)
  • LGBT 
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Disability - sensory impairment 

To capture the learning from these sessions, Iriss commissioned The Lines Between, a social research team based in Edinburgh. Working closely with Alzheimer Scotland, the team attended each of the sessions, gathering critical information and data for dissemination. The Lines Between used a range of qualitative research tools – which complimented the ‘co-production' approach to the sessions – to collect first-hand responses to the subjects. 

The final output took the form of a report titled, Spotlight on dementia and equalities, which contributes to the growing body of work highlighting dementia and equalities and the need to integrate knowledge into practice. 

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