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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 […]

May 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Surprise guest delights Hindley Care Home residents

Surprise guest delights Hindley Care Home residents

Mum-to-be Agnes caused a stir recently by visiting Thorley House care home at Hazelmere Gardens in Hindley, Wigan. The excitement was certainly justified; Agnes is a Raccoon, heavily pregnant and expecting a litter in around 4 weeks! Most residents had never seen anything like Agnes before, so everybody was understandably very excited to meet the […]

April 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society responds to copper report

Alzheimer’s Society responds to copper report

Alzheimer’s Society responds to : Blood test for people with mild cognitive impairment may predict those at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease A study published today (Monday 14 April) in Annals of Neurology found that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and high levels of a particular type of copper in their bloodstream were […]

April 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctors confuse depression with dementia-Correct diagnosis gives people control

Doctors confuse depression with dementia-Correct diagnosis gives people control

Almost nine out of ten elderly people with depression are getting no help because doctors struggle to spot the symptoms or confuse it with dementia according to a leading expert from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Speaking in The Times newspaper today Dr James Warner, chairman of the Old Age Faculty at the Royal College […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
People with dementia have a right to diagnosis

People with dementia have a right to diagnosis

New targets for diagnosing dementia will lead to more harm than good, according to an article written by Dr. Martin Brunet, a GP, in the BMJ today, He argues that the government is putting pressure on commissioners, and in turn general practitioners, to make more diagnoses of dementia, but no analysis has been done to […]

April 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Stunning murals provide sensory stimulation for those living with dementia

Stunning murals provide sensory stimulation for those living with dementia

Stunning sensory murals have been a wonderful way to help residents living with dementia at a Sanctuary Care home, helping the home to scoop a £7,500 award.   Beechwood Residential Care Home in Upton-upon-Severn – and three other Sanctuary Care homes in Worcester, Stourport-on-Severn and Droitwich – have been awarded £7,500 through Worcestershire County Council’s […]

March 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Creating a dementia friendly society-A message from the Alzheimer’s Society

Creating a dementia friendly society-A message from the Alzheimer’s Society

A short video from Alzheimer’s Society.

March 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer Scotland Regional Manager takes to high seas

Alzheimer Scotland Regional Manager takes to high seas

Jan Johnston, who lives in Glasgow and works for Alzheimer Scotland in Argyll & Clyde, is about to take on the challenge of a lifetime: setting sail as a crew member on the incredible Clipper Round The World Race. Jan joins her Team Garmin crew for the America challenge in San Francisco and will be […]

March 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Employers and employee are being hit hard by workforce caring for people with dementia

Employers and employee are being hit hard by workforce caring for people with dementia

  Carers UK and business forum ‘Employers for Carers’ has today highlighted the challenges of staff having to care for people with dementia. As 9 in 10 businesses say dementia caring a growing issue.       Over three million carers in the UK juggle work and care, many of whom are finding combining both work […]

March 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care Show Bournemouth-A free event for providers of care to older people

Care Show Bournemouth-A free event for providers of care to older people

  The free education programme at the Care Show Bournemouth (March 26 & 27, Bournemouth BIC) will provide timely updates and informed debate on all the issues of relevance to everyone involved in owning or running an organisation responsible for the care of older people, as well as those responsible for domiciliary care agencies, sheltered […]

March 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dementia can impact on a person’s relationship with food

Dementia can impact on a person’s relationship with food

Ensuring a nutritious diet for elderly and people living with dementia is actually the least we can do. The importance of healthy eating for our older generation resonated when I accepted an invitation to attend a National Association of Care Catering meeting. My host, a community meals provider chatted his way through the two hour […]

March 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
You can drive after dementia diagnosis

You can drive after dementia diagnosis

Someone who is diagnosed with dementia may be able to continue driving for some time. However, they must fulfil certain legal requirements. As the person’s dementia progresses, they will reach a point where they can no longer drive safely and must stop driving. Many people find this very difficult to accept. This factsheet explains the […]

March 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mental Capacity Act fails to protect those living with dementia

Mental Capacity Act fails to protect those living with dementia

Vulnerable adults, including those with dementia, are being failed by the Act designed to protect and empower them according to a report published today. The House of Lords Committee established to assess how well the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is working in practice found that social workers, healthcare professional and others involved in the care […]

March 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Brain scan could predict cognitive decline

Brain scan could predict cognitive decline

A brain scan could predict cognitive decline and help advance research into the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Centre in the US. The study, published in the Nature journal, Molecular Psychiatry, examined 152 people aged 50 and over, of whom 69 had normal cognitive function, 52 had mild cognitive […]

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