Time for Dementia

Families affected by dementia in Sussex are invited to take part in an award-winning programme to improve dementia care. Time for Dementia pairs families affected by dementia with undergraduate students studying healthcare, helping the students to gain a better understanding of living with dementia, and develop skills to provide better care for patients and their families. We are currently looking for families in Sussex to have pairs of Medical Students studying at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Designed to create a new generation of healthcare professionals, students visit a family affected by dementia in pairs over a two-year period, which provides a unique opportunity to see people affected by dementia in their own home. The visits are designed to enable students to see how a diagnosis of dementia can affect people and the challenges and changes that they may face over time. The students also receive supporting tutorials and lectures. Families will be visited by Alzheimer’s Society initially to explain the programme in more detail and answer any questions. Families taking part can expect to see the same pair of students up to six times over the course of two years of the students’ studies, with each visit lasting one-to-two hours.

The Time for Dementia programme has been embedded as a core component of the curriculum at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and University of Brighton along with two Universities across Surrey and Devon with a range of undergraduate healthcare students. So far, more than 1,600 families and 4,200 students have taken part in the programme.

Evaluation of the programme has shown huge improvements in students’ knowledge and attitude towards dementia. Additionally, students report that they have gained knowledge of what it might be like to live with dementia; that their confidence and skills in communicating with people with dementia has improved; and that they have more awareness of the role of carers.

The benefits of taking part in the programme are: 

• sharing your own experiences and helping contribute towards a better future for people with dementia 

• helping train healthcare students who will graduate in a few years time and be out working in your community 

• an optional offer to help steer and shape the programme or raise awareness of the programme through talks and media work 

• meeting new people, being part of a network of hundreds of families affected by dementia and hearing about new opportunities 

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting 

change for people affected by dementia. 

Time for Dementia is a fantastic way for the next generation of healthcare professionals to gain first-hand knowledge of what it’s like living with dementia. 

If you would like to know more about the project, or you know someone with dementia and a family carer who would like to take part, please get in touch with us at timefordementia@alzheimers.org.uk or call 07483 137539. More information can also be found at alzheimers.org.uk/timefordementia