On this page, you will find useful resources relating to learning, research and policy in the field of Dementia.

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Last updated: May 2024

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Research and evidence

Please see our pages on evidence-based practice for support on where to find evidence, including our RCSLT journals collection, SpeechBITE™ and Evidence Maps from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

You need to use your own critical appraisal skills when considering the quality of any piece of research, whether found on these pages or elsewhere. This will include consideration of how relevant it is to your practice and continued professional development (CPD) and the specific the specific people you are working with.


Dementia Research Networks

Further reading

Person-centred approach

  • Brooker, D. (2007) Person-centred dementia care: making services better. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Calia, C., Johnson, H., Cristea, M. (2019) ‘Cross-cultural representations of dementia: an exploratory study’ Journal of Global Health. 9 (1), 1-11. Available at: https://doi.org/doi:%2010.7189/jogh.09.011001
  • Kitwood, T. (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: the person comes first. Oxford, Open University Press.
  • May, H., Edwards, P., Brooker, D. (2009) Enriched care planning for people with dementia. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Case history and assessment


Primary Progressive Aphasia

  • Gorno-Tempini, M. L., Hillis, A. E., Weintraub, S., Kertesz, A., Mendez, M., Cappa, S. F., Grossman, M. (2011) ‘Classification of primary progressive aphasia and its variants’, Neurology. 76 (11), 1006-1014.  Available at: https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e31821103e6
  • Hardy, C. J., Taylor‐Rubin, C., Taylor, B., Harding, E., Gonzalez, A. S., Jiang, J., Warren, J. D. (2023) ‘Symptom‐led staging for semantic and non‐fluent/agrammatic variants of primary progressive aphasia’, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Available at:  https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.03.13.23286972
  • Marshall, C. R., Hardy, C. J., Volkmer, A., Russell, L. L., Bond, R. L., Fletcher, P. D., Warren, J. D. (2018) ‘Primary progressive aphasia: a clinical approach’, Journal of neurology. 265 (6), 1474-1490. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-018-8762-6
  • Suárez-Gonzáles, A., Cassani, A., Gopalan, R., Scott, J., Savage, S. (2021) ‘When it is not primary progressive aphasia: A scoping review of spoken language impairment in other neurodegenerative dementias’, Translational Research and Clinical Interventions. 7 (1) Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12205
  • Volkmer, A., Rogalski, E., Henry, M., Taylor-Rubin, C., Ruggero, L., Khayum, R., Rohrer, J. D. (2020) ‘Speech and language therapy approaches to managing primary progressive aphasia’, Practical neurology. 20 (2), 154-161. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/practneurol-2018-001921
  • Volkmer, A (2013) Assessment and therapy for language and cognitive communication difficulties in dementia and other progressive diseases. Guilford, J and R Press Limited.


Eating, drinking and swallowing

  • Alwood, R. (2022) Working with communication and swallowing difficulties in older adults. Routledge.
  • Kindell, J. (2002) Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Dementia. Routledge. Available at: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315170947
  • Lee, K., Bartlett, R. (2021) Material Citizenship: An ethnographic study exploring object-person relations in the context of people with dementia in care homes’ Sociology of Health and Illness. 43 (6),1471-1485. Available at: ‘https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13321
  • Leslie, P., Crawford, H. (2017) The concise guide to decision making and ethics in dysphagia. Guilford, J and R Press Limited.
  • O’Keefe, S.T., et al. (2023) ‘Informed or misinformed consent and use of modified texture diets in dysphagia’, BMC Medical Ethics. 24 (7).  Available at: ‘https://doi.org/10.1186/s12910-023-00885-1


Sensory changes


Brain health/dementia prevention


Compensatory approaches to communication

  • Hoel, V., Mendom Feunou, C., Wolf-Ostermann, K. (2021) ‘Technology-driven solutions to prompt conversation, aid communication and support interaction for people with dementia and their caregivers: a systematic literature review’, BMC Geriatrics. 21(15). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-021-02105-0
  • May, A.A., Dada, S., Murray, J. (2019) ‘Review of AAC interventions in persons with dementia’, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 54 (6), 857-874. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12491


Impairment-based approaches to communication

  • National institute for health and clinical excellence and the social care institute for excellence (2006) Dementia:  Supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care.  Clinical guideline 42. NICE/SCIE, London
  • Spector, A. et al. (2003) ‘Efficacy of an evidence-based cognitive stimulation therapy programme for people with dementia’, British Journal of Psychiatry, 183(3), pp. 248–254. Available at: https:org/10.1192/bjp.183.3.248
  • Woods, B., Rai, H. K., Elliott, E., Aguirre, E., Orrell, M., and Spector, A. (2023) Cognitive stimulation to improve cognitive functioning in people with dementia’, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Available at: ‘https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD005562.pub3


Education, training and empowering others


Dementia and learning disabilities


Decision making and mental capacity

  • Act, M. C. (2005). Mental capacity act. London, The Stationery Office.
  • Dening, K. H., King, M., Jones, L., Sampson, E. L. (2017) ‘Healthcare decision-making: past present and future, in light of a diagnosis of dementia’, International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 23 (1), 4-11.  Available at: https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2017.23.1.4
  • Murphy, J., Oliver, T. (2012) ‘The use of Talking Mats to support people with dementia and their carers to make decisions together’, Health and Social Care in the Community. 21 (2), 171-180. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12005

Legislation and policy







Northern Ireland



Department of Health, Northern Ireland Department of Health, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, Public Health Agency, Allied Health Professions Federation, ‘UK Allied Health Professions Public Health Strategic Framework 2019-2024

Learning resources








Northern Ireland


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Awareness raising dates

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