Congratulations Professor Dawn Brooker on winning the lifetime achievement award!
It takes driven people, who are committed to society, to affect positive change to the lives of others. Professor Dawn Brooker is one such person. Dementia lead, Julie Taylor, at The Future Care Group has been working in collaboration with Professor Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, who is internationally recognised for practice development in person centred dementia care. Julie was in no doubt when she took on the role as dementia lead, that it is only through research and education that the lives of people living with dementia, their families, and carers can hope to achieve better outcomes to support people to live well. So, Professor Brooker was the obvious choice as the person to consult.
As the Future Care Group’s dementia strategy was formed, Dawn’s input was invaluable. Professor Brooker established the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester 10 years ago – in 2009. The team is now recognised globally as a leading authority in person-centred care. So, to hear Professor Brooker has received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Dementia Care Awards 2019 it was apparent there couldn’t be a more worthy a winner.
As the Government’s Dementia 2020 challenge, which set the aim of becoming the best country in the world for Dementia care, is drawing to a close, it is recognised attitudes to dementia are changing.
However, we still have a long way to go and it will only be because of the commitment of caring people and the impact of their work that we can hope to make a difference in dementia care and better outcomes on people’s lives.