Dementia and Ageing Research Team
The Dementia and Ageing Research Team (DART) conducts research into the everyday experience of people living with dementia and their care partners. We want to find ways to engage those perspectives in transforming, shaping and leading our work.
Membership of DART is interdisciplinary and includes people living with dementia. We hold regular meetings to discuss our work and innovation in the social research methods that are used to underpin our studies, including that of PhD students and postdoctoral staff.
DART was established at The University of Manchester in 2009.
Research and resources
DART has three intersecting themes: family networks, transitions and user involvement.
Our key areas of research are:
- biographical and narrative work
- neighbourhood and social interventions
- creativity and wellbeing
- education and practice.
Learn more about our projects and see related publications in the Research Explorer.
The following resources have been developed as a result of our research:
- Getting to Know Me – training materials for use in acute hospital care, free to download and use.
- Open Doors – An animation made by people living with dementia in Salford about their neighbourhood.
- Dementia and stigma: our journey – An animation made by people living with dementia.
Outputs from our five-year ESRC/NIHR Neighbourhoods and Dementia mixed methods study (2014-2019), funded under action point 12 of the first Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia strategy, can be found on the Neighbourhoods and Dementia website.
Who we are
DART comprises researchers from The University of Manchester and the University of Salford.
- Dr John Keady – Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Older People, University of Manchester (DART Lead)
- Dr Helen Pusey – Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
- Simon Burrow – Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
- Dr Jackie Kindell – Visiting Lecturer, University of Manchester
- Dr Andrew Clark – Professor, Salford Institute for Dementia Studies, University of Salford and Hon Research Fellow, University of Manchester
- Rita Newton – ESRC CASE PhD student, University of Manchester
- Katherine Blumer – ESRC CASE PhD student, University of Manchester
Patient and public engagement
PPIE (patient and public involvement and engagement) is fundamental to the work we do in DART.
PPIE was central to the five-year ESRC/NIHR Neighbourhoods and Dementia study, as can be seen across all the work programmes, especially work programme 1, which was led by people living with dementia.
DART works closely with Cathy Riley and the Open Doors Research Group – a peer support group of people living with dementia – as part of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
DART has four key areas of collaboration.
We have a long and continuing collaboration with Manchester Camerata and their Music in Mind Programme for people living with dementia in care homes or community settings.
We are also part of the ongoing Care Aesthetics Lab in the Drama department of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at Manchester.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Professor John Keady (DART Lead)