A Hanover estate manager chatting with residents


We're committed to raising awareness about dementia and to supporting residents and their families as much as we can by providing a wide range of information on external initiatives, internal initiatives and collaborations, and useful resources.

Inspired Youth

Inspired Youth is a York-based social enterprise that is 'Tackling prejudice, stigma and raising awareness'.  In April 2017 they released a very moving film short entitled 'I ain't got me mam':


parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs. The runs are free, and open to everyone. People of every ability are encouraged to take part.

Bristol Ageing Better

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. View their animation on this subject.

Dementia Action Alliance

Over 2,500 organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Hanover has worked with the Hackney Dementia Alliance this year by having an information desk at the launch of the alliance. Visit the Dementia Action Alliance website for information on how to get involved.

Dementia Awareness Week

This week of activities around the country runs in May each year. Find out more at the Alzheimer's Society website.

Dementia Connect online directory

An online dementia services directory for anyone affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over 4,000 listings of local information, support and services.

Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub

The ASA Dementia Friendly Swimming Project has been developed to enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia. Read more on the Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub website.

Memory Walks

Memory Walk sees thousands of people raising money for a world without dementia across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many Hanover staff have taken part in Memory Walks around the country. To find a local walk near you, visit the Memory Walk website.

Music therapy

Singing is good for the brain! To find out more, see the Alzheimer's Society's Singing for the brain information and video, and the NHS Dementia Singing for the Brain video.

Dementia Action Week 2018

This awareness-raising week takes place every year in May. Find out what Alzheimer's Society has in store for the event in 2019.

Dementia Connect


  • To create 'Dementia Leads' around the organisation
  • To research the potential for delivering targeted support for residents with dementia
  • To provide enhanced training in dementia to staff

We worked with the Design Council on this project. They then produced a case study about how we used their Design in the Public Sector programme as an opportunity to improve our services around dementia.

Dementia Leads & Dementia Champions

Dementia Leads are members of staff on our estates and in our offices who have volunteered to:

  • Encourage colleagues and other stakeholders to become dementia friends
  • Keep up to date with national and local dementia initiatives, and share information and ideas with colleagues
  • Help colleagues to make contact with their Local Dementia Action Alliances (LDAAs)
  • Support individual estates to become members and help build dementia networks locally
  • Participate in in-house webinars and workshops
Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC)

A membership organisation committed to high quality research into influencing policy and practice in Housing with Care and other forms of accommodation and care for people with dementia in the UK. The steering group, of which Hanover is a member, comprises five well-established housing and care providers. Visit their website to find out more.

Tangible Memories

In 2015, Bristol University asked Hanover staff at Blaise Weston Court in Bristol if we would like to get involved in their Tangible Memories project aimed at working with older residents to help them use digital technology to recreate their life stories. Visit the Tangible Memories website to read more about this fascinating intergenerational event.


In 2014 a number of NHS hospital trusts launched a call for knitters to help create ‘Twiddlemuffs’, a knitted or crocheted woollen handmuff with ribbons, buttons, beads and zips attached. They provide simple stimulation for the hands and the mind for people living with dementia. The Twiddlemuffs phenomenon was embraced with great enthusiasm at Hanover. Staff on estates and in offices knitted and decorated hundreds of them. They were used on estates and some of them were donated to Durham County Council to distribute to people with dementia. We have a  Twiddlemuff knitting pattern (pdf, 270kb) for online viewing or downloading.

  • Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey
  • Dementia The One Stop-Guide by June Andrews
  • The dementia guide: Living well after diagnosis
  • Dementia: support for family and friends by Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson
  • Ann has dementia by Sheila Hollins, Noelle Blackman and Ruth Eley
  • Still my Grandma by Veronique Van den Abeele, illustrated by Claude K Dubois
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul, Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias: 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassionby Amy Newmark & Angela Timashenka Geiger
  • Creating Moments of Joy by Jolene Brackey
  • Lovely Old Lion by Julia Jarman & Susan Varley (a book for children)
  • Alzheimer's Reading Room: Recommended Books to Read
  • Norfolk County Council: Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia
Driving and dementia

Being diagnosed with dementia is not in itself a reason to stop driving - what matters from a legal and practical viewpoint is whether the person is still able to drive safely. Helpful information is available on the Alzheimer's Society website.

  • Still Alice (2014)
  • Arrugas (2011)
  • Away from Her (2007)
  • The Savages (2007)
  • Aurora Borealis (2006)
  • The Notebook (2004)
  • A Song for Martin (2001)
  • Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch (2001)
  • Firefly Dreams (2001)
  • Age Old Friends (1989)
  • Alzheimer’s Society
    0300 111 5555
Research reports
  • BMJ
    Research published in the BMJ by UCL and the University of Liverpool suggests the number of people living with dementia in England and Wales will rise to 1.2 million by 2040.
  • ‘Brain training’
    A study published on 3 July 2017 suggests that a 'brain training' game that was developed by University of Cambridge researchers could be of help in improving the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia.