Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID)


Sheffield investigator

Professor Gail Mountain

Dr Peter Bowie

Sheffield researchers

Laura Di Bona

Becky Field


North East London NHS Foundation Trust (host)


National Institute of Health Research

About the project

We are looking at the possible benefits of a programme of occupational therapy for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and those who regularly support them.

Maintaining both everyday and interesting pleasurable activities can be difficult for people with dementia and those who support them. Occupational therapists assist people to continue participating in activities despite the difficulties that they might be experiencing. They do this by helping people try new ways of doing things and exploring new activities.

Examples include

  • joining a local group (like a walking group, or a lunch club)

  • continuing to work in the garden

  • staying in touch with friends

  • doing jobs around the house

Researchers in the Netherlands found that providing this occupational therapy programme could benefit both the person with dementia and their supporter. It was also shown to be a good use of money.

The UK research team have developed a similar occupational therapy programme to meet the needs of people living in this country. We are now testing whether this UK programme is beneficial. We are carrying out a randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of the Community Occupational Therapy in Dementia – UK intervention.


VALID website