Life story work in dementia care: a film about good practice

Posted on 13 March 2018

The Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) has released a five-minute film on the findings from their research project, Life Story Work in Dementia Care.

Everybody has a life story. These are rich and varied and can be used to communicate who we are to the people around us. People with dementia sometimes need help to communicate their histories and identities, and 'life story work' might provide a way for them to do this more easily.

In 2012, the SPRU launched the first study of its kind investigating life story work from first principles. Their new five-minute film is based on the research findings of an NIHR funded project exploring good practice in life story work from the perspectives of people with dementia, family carers and professionals.

The film can be used by anyone (for non-commercial purposes) free of charge, for example for awareness raising or staff training. You watch the film (and download it for offline use) from the project webpage.  

The findings are based on a systematic review of the literature and 10 focus groups with people with dementia, family carers and professionals (with a total of 73 participants).

Download a short report of research findings.

Download the full report.

The SPRU is keen to hear if you find these resources useful. To tell us if and how you plan to use them, or request hard copies of the DVD and summaries of findings, please contact