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Key care figures respond to GP dementia diagnosis payments

Key care figures respond to GP dementia diagnosis payments

The announcement that family doctors in England will be paid £55 for each patient they diagnose with dementia has been condemned by The Patients Association as ”a step too far”. Alzheimer’s Society comment: Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘For no other disease would we tolerate only half the people getting a diagnosis. […]

October 22, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Walking into a room and forgetting why you went there in the first place?

Walking into a room and forgetting why you went there in the first place?

Two thirds of adults (63%*) admit to suffering embarrassing or annoying ‘memory blots’ three or more times a week, research from Bupa has revealed to coincide with the launch of the ‘The Memory Game’ .   Those moments, when you  forget a friend or colleague’s name or even why you stepped into a room, are […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care Home Residents Get By With A Little Help From Friends

Care Home Residents Get By With A Little Help From Friends

Residents at a Bupa Care Home, in Ayr, were so inspired by a recent dementia awareness campaign they created a tribute wall to celebrate the cherished memories within the home.   Staff and residents at Bupa’s Claremont Care Home, in High Thornyflat Wynd, Whitletts, had been motivated by the Dementia Friends campaign – which features […]

October 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Memory slips may signal dementia

Memory slips may signal dementia

People without dementia who report memory issues may be more likely to develop dementia later, even if they have no clinical signs of the disease., according to a study published today (Wednesday 24 September) in the online issue of Neurology.   The study looked at 531 people with an average age of 73 and free of dementia. […]

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Exploring the real experience of people living with more severe dementia

Exploring the real experience of people living with more severe dementia

Dementia – what is truth?  The Mental Health Foundation invite you to contribute The Mental Health Foundation has launched a major new 18 month inquiry investigating ways of reframing the understanding of some of the most challenging and distressing symptoms of dementia; different realities that are usually described as extreme confusion, hallucinations, or “delusions” .What […]

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Finalists announced for Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014!

Finalists announced for Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014!

The finalists have been announced of this year’s Scotland’s Dementia Awards: a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council. We received over 90 applications for this year’s event and, after much deliberation from the judging panels, have narrowed this down to the following shortlisted initiatives for […]

September 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Welcome to the world of people living with dementia

Welcome to the world of people living with dementia

Imagine waking up tomorrow morning, confused and disorientated; feeling your life experiences slip away –   welcome to the world of people living with Dementia. Dementia, not only affect the memory of the person living with the condition and their ability to make choices, but can also affect aspects of their personality. My Mum was diagnosed with […]

September 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Thousands of carers face financial hardship by paying huge care bills

Thousands of carers face financial hardship by paying huge care bills

Independent commission proposes radical reshaping of health and social care around need Health and social care should be moved to a single, ring-fenced budget for the NHS and social care, with a single commissioner for local services according to a new report released by the King’s Fund today. The report containing the final recommendations of […]

September 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Majority of public not confident of receiving good care, poll shows

Majority of public not confident of receiving good care, poll shows

One in three Britons either rely on or have a family member who relies on the care system but six in ten are not confident they will receive good care, according to Care and Support Alliance research released yesterday. Polling released by the Alliance – an organisation of 75 charities representing vulnerable and disabled people […]

September 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Creative approaches to Dementia Care at Stocks St Helens

Creative approaches to Dementia Care at Stocks St Helens

Providing reminiscence activities and evoking special memories is vitally important to those living at Stocks Hall Nursing & Care in St Helens.   Staff from the Group came up with the innovative idea to hold a special mock Christening for people living at the home on Tuesday 19th August 2014.    It was a time […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Middle age obesity triples risk of dementia

Middle age obesity triples risk of dementia

  Obesity in mid-life is linked to a heightened risk of dementia in later life, concludes an observational study published online today in Postgraduate Medical Journal. The researchers at the University of Oxford found that the age at which a person is obese seems to be a key factor – with an apparent tripling in the […]

August 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Thorough review of NHS Continuing Care needed

Thorough review of NHS Continuing Care needed

Wide variations in the provision of NHS continuing care funding for people with dementia have been uncovered in a new report by Sally Keeble, former MP and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North. NHS continuing care is a funding package to provide free health care for people with severe health needs. Ms Keeble surveyed […]

August 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Families step in to run dementia bistro

Families step in to run dementia bistro

Families and friends of those people with dementia are helping to run their own special bistro at a care home to share advice on the issues surrounding the disease after it was opened by a campaigner.   Tea for Two was opened at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, by author and campaigner Ian […]

August 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Worcestershire care home residents enjoy specially designed dementia garden

Worcestershire care home residents enjoy specially designed dementia garden

Residents at a Worcestershire care home are enjoying the summer in a new specially-designed Dementia Garden after the completion of a four-month project.   The gardens at Brookdale Nursing Home in Kidderminster have been overhauled as part of a £10,000 scheme which has given residents a safe and colourful outdoor space to walk in and […]

July 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Larger trauma to the brain could increase the risk of dementia.

Larger trauma to the brain could increase the risk of dementia.

Older Armed Forces veterans who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) were linked with a 60 per cent increased rate of developing dementia than those veterans who have not experienced TBI in research published in Neurology today (25 June 2014). According to the research, veterans with a diagnosis of TBI also developed dementia two […]

June 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Why research can’t be the only priority for dealing with the challenge of dementia

Why research can’t be the only priority for dealing with the challenge of dementia

    Last Thursday experts from around the world, including WHO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, G8 countries, global Alzheimer’s charities, pharmaceutical organisations and investors, proposed ways to increase investment in dementia as they discussed dementia as an epidemic. Maizie Mears- Owen, Care UK’s head of dementia services, looks at the pledges and […]

June 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
People with dementia are being denied specialised care and treatment

People with dementia are being denied specialised care and treatment

People with dementia are being denied specialised care and treatment because social services are holding the purse strings for people with the condition rather than health commissioners, a government adviser on health has said. Professor Martin Green, also chief executive of Care England, says if dementia was treated as an illness – as it should […]

June 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chocolate may hold the cure for dementia

Chocolate may hold the cure for dementia

Lavado – the least-processed form of cocoa – may rescue brain cell activity in the presence of a key protein in Alzheimer’ disease called beta amyloid, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’ disease. The study, conducted by Icahan School of Medicine at Mount Siniai, found that Lavado cocoa  – rich in […]

June 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Guide based on first-hand experience hopes to make dealing with dementia easier

Guide based on first-hand experience hopes to make dealing with dementia easier

As the diagnosis and treatment of people living with dementia continues to be pushed higher up the national agenda, carers, experts and families of people living with dementia have come together to create a simple yet vital guide for everyday interaction.                                                                     Over 20 families, carers and dementia specialists worked with Care UK […]

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer Scotland deeply disappointed by extent of problems highlighted in Mental Welfare Commission’s Dignity and respect report

Alzheimer Scotland deeply disappointed by extent of problems highlighted in Mental Welfare Commission’s Dignity and respect report

Alzheimer Scotland responds to Dignity and respect: dementia continuing care visits report from the Mental Welfare Commission Alzheimer Scotland is deeply disappointed by the extent of the problems highlighted in the Mental Welfare Commission’s Dignity and respect report; particularly with regards to on-going issues with medication, access to specifically-skilled staff and the suitability of care […]

June 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
World Dementia Council pledges to delay onset and progress of dementia

World Dementia Council pledges to delay onset and progress of dementia

The World Dementia Council has today announced their statement of purpose, outlining what they hope to achieve to tackle dementia globally. Following on from the pledge made at the G8 dementia summit in December, the council has pledged that within seven years we should have delayed the onset and progress of the disease by at […]

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Adviser to David Cameron heads up speakers at pioneering dementia event

Adviser to David Cameron heads up speakers at pioneering dementia event

FIVE of the country’s most powerful voices in the field of dementia care will be speaking at a ground-breaking event in Peterborough next week. Among them are Professor Martin Green OBE, special adviser on dementia to the Prime Minister, and campaigner Angela Sherman who set up her own website to highlight the problems facing people […]

May 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
The most common dementia signs and symptoms

The most common dementia signs and symptoms

Dementia diagnosis rates are extremely low in the UK, with only 48% of people getting help to live with the incurable disease. Without an official diagnosis, sufferers are denied access to a wide range of support, information and potential treatment options to improve their quality of life. The Alzheimer’s Society, a leading dementia support and […]

May 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dementia specialist talks about the importance of a good physical environment

Dementia specialist talks about the importance of a good physical environment

Stimulating the senses Debra Keeling Deputy Director of Care and Dementia care specialist with the RMBI talks about dementia care. The physical environment plays an important part in the health and wellbeing of care home residents, particularly those with a dementia. When cognitive function, mobility or the senses are impaired, the physical world can seem […]

May 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Anti-depressant prevents amyloid build up in the brains of mice and men

Anti-depressant prevents amyloid build up in the brains of mice and men

A study published in Science Translational Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, has discovered that the anti-depressant drug Citalopram reduces the production of amyloid beta, a protein that clusters in plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Citalopram, which is approved for the treatment of depression, was given to mice with amyloid plaques […]

May 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Enter now-Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014

Enter now-Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014

    There’s just one month left to enter Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014.   Scotland’s Dementia Awards celebrate creative approaches, innovation and best practice in all aspects of information, advice, care and support for people with dementia, their carers, partners and families.   If you work within the health, social care, independent or voluntary sectors […]

May 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Is it possible to have a good life with dementia?

Is it possible to have a good life with dementia?

A new independent report commissioned by Red & Yellow Care has been launched to show what a ‘good life’ with dementia could look like. The report, entitled A Good Life with Dementia, outlines a six-part framework for enabling a ‘good life’ with dementia – one rooted in universal notions of identity, happiness and fulfilment. The […]

May 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
You only have one death, plan to make it a good one

You only have one death, plan to make it a good one

Millions of Britons are failing to make adequate plans for their death and don’t know the wishes of their loved ones, according to a new study released by the Dying Matters Coalition today (Monday 12 May 2014). The study found that as many as 83 per cent of Britons are uncomfortable discussing dying and death. […]

May 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Days to go to Alzheimer’s Show London

Days to go to Alzheimer’s Show London

With only days to go, now is the time to buy your great value tickets to The Alzheimer’s Show London at Olympia – the only event to give you direct access to the best information, products, services and advice for those caring for a person with dementia. Please share this information with those who would benefit […]

May 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Work begins on £7 million dementia centre of excellence creating 100 new care jobs

Work begins on £7 million dementia centre of excellence creating 100 new care jobs

Work has started on a £7 million centre of excellence for people with dementia that will create 100 new jobs in Caernarfon. The news was welcomed by Lord Dafydd Wigley who visited the site on the outskirts of the town where the former community hospital, Ysbyty Bryn Seiont, has been demolished to make way for […]

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