British Psychological Society publishes new guide to psychosocial interventions in the early stages of dementia


The British Psychological Society (BPS) recently published a new guide to psychosocial interventions in the early stages of dementia, developed by the Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for the Psychology of Older People. The new publication is the second edition of a guide first published in 2014, following consultations with people living with dementia in different areas of the United Kingdom. It is aimed at people living through the early stages of dementia, and includes interventions that evidence suggests can help to improve memory and/or thinking skills, reduce anxiety, stress or depression, or increase wellbeing, communication or social inclusion.

These interventions are available to people who have received a diagnosis of dementia and their families, and can help with:

• coming to terms with a diagnosis of dementia

• maintaining a social life and relationships after diagnosis

• reducing stress and improving mood

• thinking and memory (cognitive function)

• living independently

• quality of life

• support for partners and family.

Dr Tim Beanland, Head of Knowledge Management at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re delighted to endorse this second edition of a fantastic guide to direct people to good quality, person-centred support in an accessible and comprehensive way. Support after a dementia diagnosis is inconsistent and inadequate – as shown by our own recent report, three in five people affected by dementia did not feel they have received enough support over the last 12 months. People living with dementia desperately need the right support from the moment of diagnosis – from talking therapies to support metal wellbeing to falls prevention or going to community groups. Alzheimer’s Society are calling for more dementia support workers to signpost people to all the types of support explored in the guide.” Download the guide, here: