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Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL).

IDEAL is led by the Research in Aging and Cognitive Health Group (REACH) at Exeter University, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and National Institute for Health Research.


We will be hosting a workshop at the UK Dementia Congress in Brighton.

Title: What does living with dementia mean? Learning from people with dementia and carers through the IDEAL study. Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 12.00. Please come along and join the discussion.


The IDEAL research project is a major, five-year longitudinal cohort study of 1500 people with who have difficulties with memory, thinking or behaviour, that may have been described as dementia or an associated condition, and on the family members or friends who provide support throughout the UK. 

The project draws together expertise from psychology, sociology, medicine, public health, economics, social policy, physiology and statistics to examine in detail what can be done to ensure that as many people as possible are enabled to live well with dementia

The aim of the IDEAL project is to find out what makes it easier or more difficult for people to live well with dementia, and what can be done to help more people to live well with dementia.

The findings from the study will help to identify what can be done by individuals, communities, health and social care practitioners, care providers and policy-makers to improve the likelihood of living well with dementia.

The study will be the first large-scale study of its kind, and the results will provide a unique resource and focus for social science research on dementia.

This ESRC-funded project started in January 2014 and will run for five years until December 2018.

To find out more about the background to this project go to the About IDEAL page.


The project is being led by Professor Linda Clare from the University of Exeter, but includes researchers from all over the country.

The work is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and National Institute for Health Research.

To find out more go to the IDEAL organisation page.


The project will involve 1500 people who have experienced changes in their memory or other thinking abilities, or in how they manage day-to-day activities.

We will also speak to a key family member or close friend wherever possible.

These people will come from all over the UK. The project participants will be visited by researchers from the NHS research networks in their area.

To find out more go to the IDEAL people page.

For more information about the project please contact

Helen Davey

IDEAL Project Administrator
REACH: The Centre for Research in Aging and Cognitive Health
Room 148
College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Psychology
Washington Singer
Perry Road

Phone: 01392 726866

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