Jenny's Diary

  • Download a free copy of Jenny's Diary

    Recognising variation in terminology, versions of the booklet are available to download that refer to people with an intellectual disability (non-UK version) or people with a learning disability (UK version). Three different types of download are available depending on how you will use the resource. We are delighted with the response to Jenny's Diary which has been downloaded over 5000 times since October 2015.

    1. PDF: this version of Jenny's Diary can be read on-screen or printed.

    UK version
    Non-UK version

    2. Mobi: this ebook version of Jenny's Diary is suitable for viewing on an Amazon Kindle. Standard Kindle accessibility features apply.

    UK version
    Non-UK version

    3. ePub: this ebook version of Jenny's Diary requires free software Adobe Digital Edition (which you can download here). Accessibility features can be applied and a contents column will help you to navigate the booklet. ePub may be used on a PC, Mac and most mobile devices (not Amazon Kindle).

    UK version
    Non-UK version

    Download Jenny's Diary Postcards

  • Jenny’s Diary Translations

    Please click here to download a Chinese translation of Jenny’s Diary 

    Norwegian translation coming soon.

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  • Jenny’s Diary, a resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning (intellectual) disability

    Developed by Karen Watchman, University of the West of Scotland, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, St Georges, University of London & Kingston University, Sam Quinn, University of the West of Scotland

    About Jenny’s Diary

    Jenny’s Diary is a free booklet and a set of postcards aimed at supporting conversations about dementia with people who have a learning (intellectual) disability. Conversations about dementia are never easy. All dementia strategies in the UK state that everyone is entitled to know of their diagnosis, not only as a human rights issue but as part of developing appropriate and individualised post-diagnostic support. Currently there is limited guidance on how to explain dementia to an individual with a learning disability. Such reluctance to share information is not new, particularly in relation to breaking bad news about an illness. There is typically a fear of what will be understood, what words to use, and how to cope with the response. Jenny’s Diary takes a three-step approach to address this:

    • Part 1 opens dialogue about why Jenny is behaving differently, and how she can be supported to live as well as possible with dementia.
    • Part 2 suggests how to have a conversation with Jenny about her diagnosis of dementia.
    • Part 3 contains guidance to talk about dementia with George, Jenny’s partner.

    Jenny's Diary has been developed at the skilled dementia practice level of the Promoting Excellence education framework in Scotland.

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     Find out about the backstory to Jenny's Diary here

    Read Karen Watchman’s blog 6 points to consider before talking with someone who has a learning disability and their partner