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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The lived neighbourhood: understanding how people with dementia engage with their local environment
Author(s): Ward, Richard
Clark, Andrew
Campbell, Sarah
Graham, Barbara
Kullberg, Agneta
Manji, Kainde
Rummery, Kirstein
Keady, John
Keywords: Dementia
Social Networks
Dementia Friendly Communities
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Citation: Ward R, Clark A, Campbell S, Graham B, Kullberg A, Manji K, Rummery K & Keady J (2018) The lived neighbourhood: understanding how people with dementia engage with their local environment. International Psychogeriatrics, 30 (6), pp. 867-880.
Abstract: Background: In this paper we report progress on ‘Neighbourhoods: our people, our places’ an international study about how people living with dementia interact with their neighbourhoods. The ideas of social health and citizenship are drawn upon to contextualise the data and make a case for recognising and understanding the strengths and agency of people with dementia. In particular, we address the lived experience of the environment as a route to better understanding the capabilities, capacities and competencies of people living with dementia. In doing this our aim is to demonstrate the contribution of social engagement and environmental support to social health.  Methods: The study aims to ‘map’ local spaces and networks across three field sites (Manchester, Central Scotland and Linkoping, Sweden). It employs a mix of qualitative and participatory approaches that include mobile and visual methods intended to create knowledge that will inform the design and piloting of a neighbourhood-based intervention.  Results: Our research shows that the neighbourhood plays an active role in the lives of people with dementia, setting limits and constraints but also offering significant opportunities, encompassing forms of help and support as yet rarely discussed in the field of dementia studies. The paper presents new and distinctive insights into the relationship between neighbourhoods and everyday life for people with dementia that have important implications for the debate on social health and policy concerning dementia friendly communities.  Conclusion: We end by reflecting on the messages for policy and practice that are beginning to emerge from this on-going study.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S1041610217000631
Rights: © International Psychogeriatric Association 2017 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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