About Navigating Dementia
Many members of the RAF community are navigating their journey through dementia. Whether you are a member of serving personnel caring for someone with dementia at a distance, or a veteran who is either caring for someone with dementia or living with dementia yourself, or in a different situation entirely, everyone’s experience is unique.
Navigating Dementia is a service created by the RAF Association to support those in need. The service need was identified after the RAF Association conducted research in which it was found that a high number of serving personnel were caring for someone with dementia from a distance. In order to support those and others in similar situations, the Navigating Dementia website was created to offer a place where people could gain more information, read about other people’s stories, benefit from other’s experience and access RAF community related information.
To create the service, the innovation model LIFE (Learn, Investigate, Find, Experiment) was used which was developed by Good Innovation (and then adopted and tailored within the Alzheimer’s Society’s Innovation team). This innovation model has been implemented by many third sector organisations, including The Royal British Legion, British Red Cross, and Arthritis Research UK.
The LIFE model consists of the following four stages: