June Andrews Interview
Professor June Andrews – DSDC, Stirling University
June Andrews is the Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling. She was a hospital nurse, nurse manager, and now works all over the world helping people to improve services for people with dementia and their carers. I am fortunate to have June as a consultant for my work.
How did you come to be working in the field of dementia care?
I’m a nurse and I came into care of older people by accident, but loved it and decided to stay.
How are you raising awareness of dementia?
The main thing we are using is our website at www.dementia.stir.ac.uk and tweeting as @profjuneandrews.
What is the most important reason for raising children’s awareness of dementia?
Young children don’t judge old people harshly and they try to understand why old people are having problems. If they know about dementia they can be kind and helpful to people with dementia.
Have you read my book The Forgetful Elephant? Do you plan to incorporate it in your work?
Yes, I’ve read it and we are using it around Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
What are your preferred resources for raising children’s awareness of dementia?
The best thing is to have someone to talk about it; but it is hard to find the words sometimes, so The Forgetful Elephant is a great resource.
How would you say we can educate young children about dementia?
We can open children’s eyes to the world of a person with dementia and show them how we can help.
If you had a magic wand (and unlimited funds), how would you raise awareness of dementia in the community?
A magic wand would just do it! I would not need anything else! Unlimited funds would also just do it. The problem is only what you do if you don’t have enough funds. You have to be inventive.
What sources of information and research about dementia do you follow?
I read everything I can get my hands on – whether on the internet or in the papers. I don’t have one key source.
Which person or organisation do you consider to be a world leader in dementia care?
I don’t think dementia care has world leaders. I think the world-class people are the ordinary people with dementia who live every day with the problem, and their families.
How can we work together to raise children’s awareness of dementia?
We just have to keep talking and telling stories!
Thank you very much June, and thank you for your support and advice in my writing and my work raising children’s awareness of dementia. I will soon have my new book ready for you to review.
June’s book: Dementia, The One-Stop Guide is HERE