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Updated Thursday, 8th July 2021

Dementiaville explores the latest thinking in dementia care which aims to alleviate the anxiety of sufferers and their families while celebrating the person they once were.

Dementiaville episode 1 image - Effie at Poppy Lodge Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Channel 4 About the series

It is predicted that in the future one in three people in the UK will be affected by dementia. This complex disease, with no known cure, can destroy recent memories but leave some older ones intact, causing individuals to retreat into their past.

The Open University's and Channel 4's co-production Dementiaville is a three-part series that looks at how the perplexing disease works and uncovers the radical new treatments in to memory loss. 

Here on OpenLearn we have put together a range of resources to complement the series and help aid your understanding of dementia care. You can:

The first episode of Dementiaville airs on Channel 4 at 9.00pm on Thursday 4th June 2015. Full broadcast details, and watch again links, can be found on

Listen to Louise's story - an account of Alzheimer's disease

Read these articles on issues that arise in dementia care

Have your say in the dementia care discussion forum

Interested in learning more? Take it further with the OU

The Open University in Scotland also offers bespoke training workshops in dementia care, such as the Dementia-Friendly Communities Training provided to staff representatives from all Asda stores in Scotland

The episodes

David Sheard image Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: David Sheard Meet the series consultant

Dr David Sheard

CEO/ Founder Dementia Care Matters
UK Care Personality of the Year 2014 – 16th National Care Awards

Over the last 35 years David has developed a reputation as a challenging and motivational speaker in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia.
His main focus in speaking, consultancy, training, writing and his media work in national TV is to shape culture change in dementia care and to emphasise that ‘Feelings Matter Most.’

Dementia Care Matters’ belief and approach as a team are outlined in 17 publications and DVDs entitled the ‘Feelings Matter Most’ series including the publication ‘Achieving: real outcomes in dementia care homes.’ In 2013 David has authored two new publications, for families and people living with a dementia – ‘Choosing: a dementia care home’ and for those with a commissioning responsibility – ‘Steering: culture change matters in dementia care homes.’
David has a staff appointment as a Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care, University of Surrey and holds an Honorary Degree award of Doctor of the University (DUniv).




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