The Contented Dementia Trust is a UK charity with the overall aim of promoting a sustainable sense of well-being for people with dementia and those who care for them. The Trust achieves this through the application of the SPECAL method.
What is the SPECAL method?
Dementia is best understood, for the purposes of managing the condition, as the random failure to store in the memory system the facts of what has just occurred in the person’s life, whilst still storing feelings in the usual way. The SPECAL method uses the analogy of a photograph album to describe how normal memory works, the impact of ageing and the single dramatic change that occurs with the onset of dementia. Once this analogy is fully understood, the way is open to restoring and sustaining quality of life for everyone concerned.