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Since coming into education in 2005, I have developed an interest in research which focuses on raising awareness of dementia with school children. The research ‘Dementia through the eyes of a child’ involved children aged 9 years and above. The results of the research highlighted that children are receptive to learn about the condition and moreover, they identified clearly ways in which they could help support people living with the condition. Following the research, class teachers were asked to extend this learning into their curriculum and as a result, the children produced artwork and poetry to reflect how they thought someone living with dementia may feel. This artwork was publically exhibited and formed part of the Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival. The success of this research has led to its full integration to the BSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing programs, where student nurses are currently raising awareness of dementia with children through interactive workshops throughout the West of Scotland. Dementia through the eyes of a child has been presented and well received at numerous international, national and local conferences. The research team included colleagues Caroline Adam, Fiona Everett and Wendy Wright.

Associated recognition and awards as a result of Dementia through the eyes of a child include:

Scotland’s Dementia Awards (2016) Best Educational Initiative

The Herald Higher Education Awards (2015) shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution from a student

Area of academic expertise - outline

Particular interest in dementia, clinical skills, primary care simulation, student scenario development and colorectal cancer.

Supervisory responsibilities for undergraduate MSc Nursing students for Research in Practice dissertation

Desired research direction

Interested in exploring the impact Dementia through the eyes of a child has had on the child, the student, the teacher and the family unit.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Primary care simulation, scenario development, clinical skills, colorectal cancer

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Research Output 2013 2015

A Day at the Museum: Raising Public Awareness of Dementia

Everett, F., McGarry, W., Wright, W. & Adam, C., 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

A simulated sensory experience for school children: A student nurse’s perspective

Wright, W., Everett, F. & McGarry, W., May 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Student life--Acting out scenarios

Adam, C. & McGarry, W., 27 Jan 2015, In : Nursing Standard. 29, 21, p. 66

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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The Evolution of Class in a Bag©

Everett, F., McGarry, W., Wright, W. & Adam, C., 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

A day at the museum: Integrating theory with practice

Everett, F., Wright, W., Adam, C. & McGarry, W., Sep 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access


Scotland's Dementia Awards 2016 Winner: Best Educational Initiative

Winifred McGarry (Recipient), Caroline Adam (Recipient), Fiona Everett (Recipient) & Wendy Wright (Recipient), 22 Sep 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)