One-day dementia course (for all interested)

Lighting DARC (Dementia Awareness Reaching Communities)

Written and taught by Dr. Gemma Jones, Dementia Care Consultant and Chair of Alzheimer Cafe UK. Hosted by : The Alzheimer Cafe - Farnborough

Aim - to be more knowledgeable about dementia, able to engage with people
prepared to offer assistance

Ideal for those who want additional follow-up to the ‘Dementia Friends’
or other basic training

Date: Saturday March 16th 2019,
Venue: St. Peter’s Parish Centre, Church Rd., Farnborough,
Time: 9:00 am registration; 4:15 completion
Cost: £10 administration fee; the course is subsidized by the Alzheimer Café

To download a registration form click on the poster (right).

Over 2000 attendees from Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey have included:

  • volunteers for charities involved with the elderly
  • staff at banks, shops, grocery stores, transportation services
  • staff from care homes, hospices, hospitals, sheltered housing,
  • staff from ambulance police, fire services
  • staff from dentist and GP surgeries
  • health and social care professionals and students
  • staff from domiciliary care services, befrienders, advocates
  • pastoral care workers, chaplains,
  • pub staff

Note: This course is not for people who have dementia

What is provided?

  • A certificate of attendance
  • Course hand-outs
  • A laminated window poster saying staff have attended this course

What do attendees need to do or bring?

  • Registration is required; first come first served; see attached form
  • Bring your own lunch (refreshments are provided)


Mini Biography

Dr .Gemma MM Jones has a background in biology, gerontology, and nursing and her doctoral research was in the neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease.  She is an internationally known dementia care educator, writer, speaker, design consultant, and Director of The Wide Spectrum – which develops and promotes dementia education resources.  She is also the founding and current chair of the Alzheimer Café UK, (CIO, no. 1165335) [see: AlzheimerCafe.co.uk].  She was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics workgroup: Report: ‘Dementia: ethical issues’. See also TheWideSpectrum.co.uk for articles, information about her speaking engagements, and various books - including: ‘The Alzheimer Café: why it works’, the TAD (thoughts about dementia) newsletters, and most recently, ‘About dementia: for families with children’.

Brief Biography

Gemma MM Jones has a background in biology, gerontology, and nursing and a doctorate concerning the neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease.  She writes, lectures, teaches and consults – internationally - about dementia care, care environments and Alzheimer Cafés (AC).  

With Dr. Bère Miesen, she co-edited the four volumes of Care- giving in Dementia – Routledge Pubs. (1992-2006), to contribute to the developing knowledge-base for dementia-care.  She has over 100 publications and DVDs.  Recent books: ‘The Alzheimer Café: why it works’, 2010;   'Vol. 1,  TAD Newsletters - Thoughts About Dementia- the first fifty’, 2012; and, ‘About dementia: for families with Children’, 2016.  

In 2000, she co-founded the first Alzheimer Café UK (AC) and is chair of the charity.  She was a member of the workgroup for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics with produced the report - ‘Dementia: ethical issues’, 2009.  

As Director of The Wide Spectrum she develops dementia education materials. Her research interests include understanding how sensory and time-perception changes affect behavior and offer new ideas for bespoke care.  She consults on the design of user-friendly dementia care environments.

Of the many courses she has developed and taught to professionals, caregivers and family carers, the best known is 'Communication and Care-giving in Dementia: a positive vision’.  The one-day course, for anyone interested in dementia,  “Lighting DARCdementia awareness reaching communities”, has  been taught to over 1700 people and has resulted in police, fire officers and others attending and supporting Alzheimer Cafés.

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