David and Jan and Jon Richards completing questionnaire 1The first Devon couple to be matched with a dementia research study through ‘Join dementia research’ have shared their experience as a patient and a carer.

David and Jan Barwick registered their interest in participating in research with ‘Join dementia research’ through Alzheimer’s Society website.
They have already contributed to a national research initiative called The IDEAL Study which aims to recruit up to 1,500 people who have experienced changes in their memory, other thought abilities and how they manage their daily activities.

It is the first large scale research study of its kind and the findings will be used to influence policy and practice to ensure better well-being for older people experiencing these changes in the future.

Mr and Mrs Barwick were invited to take part in this study by Clinical Studies Officer Jonathan Richards at Devon Partnership Trust’s research and development service. David, who is in his seventies, has dementia which currently affects his memory and ability to carry out a sequence of activity or thought.

His wife Jan, who had a science and journalistic background in her working life before she retired, said she recognises the importance of research to better understand the disease and improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with the condition and living with people who have dementia.

You can view the full story by visiting the National Institute for Health Research: Clinical Research Network website.


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