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Early dementia diagnosis has huge impact on quality of life

Early dementia diagnosis has huge impact on quality of life

FAMILIES URGED TO LOOK OUT FOR EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA THIS CHRISTMAS Maritime charity the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, is urging friends and relatives to look out for the early signs of dementia while spending time with loved ones this Christmas. With more than 800,000 people in the UK now living with dementia, the charity, […]

December 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Our brains ‘age’ differently so when it ‘goes’ it doesn’t go all together

Our brains ‘age’ differently so when it ‘goes’ it doesn’t go all together

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit have discovered that specific mental abilities – such as problem-solving or multi-tasking – decline with age at different rates because individuals’ brains age differently.   This challenges the previously held idea that, as we get older, these types of mental abilities all decline at […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Queen Elizabeth Court Awarded with prestigious dementia care kitemark

Queen Elizabeth Court Awarded with prestigious dementia care kitemark

RMBI care home Queen Elizabeth Court in Llandudno has been recognised with a national award for its care of people living with dementia.   Queen Elizabeth Court becomes the only care home in North Wales to be awarded ‘Butterfly Service’ status, a nationally recognised kitemark awarded by Dementia Care Matters to identify care homes which […]

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Simple yet effective solution creates a world of difference in dementia care home

Simple yet effective solution creates a world of difference in dementia care home

En-suite wet rooms in a new £6.9 million, state of the art dementia care home feature a space saving solution from Pressalit Care that help residents maintain their privacy for washing and showering, while ensuring close eye contact with their carers.   The concept of a folding support arm with half-length curtain fitted alongside the […]

November 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Study claims antioxidants in cocoa can improve cognition

Study claims antioxidants in cocoa can improve cognition

A diet high in cocoa bean flavanols could enhance cognitive function in older people, according to a study published online in Nature Neuroscience. Scott A. Small and colleagues examined whether cocoa flavanols, would enhance brain function and cognitive performance in 37 older participants, aged 50-69, who were given either a high or a low dose of […]

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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