Tag: dementia

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 […]

March 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
New blood markers could predict dementia risk

New blood markers could predict dementia risk

A set of 10 molecules in blood could be used to predict with 90 per cent accuracy whether people are at greater risk of developing dementia within the next few years, according to researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, USA. The study, published in Nature Medicine, is the first study to show differences in the blood between […]

March 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
University’s dementia initiative nominated for national award

University’s dementia initiative nominated for national award

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been shortlisted in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014. The Student Nursing Times Awards 2014, which are being held on Thursday 1 May 2014 at the London Hilton on Park Lane, celebrate the success of student nurses across the […]

March 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care that focuses on the needs of patients, not structures

Care that focuses on the needs of patients, not structures

The Independent Commission for Whole Person Care yesterday called for the health and social care systems to provide ‘whole-person care’ as opposed to focusing on particular conditions or body parts. This report comes at a time when there is much political discussion around the structure of the UK’s health and social care services, their cost and […]

March 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Actor Timothy West talks about his wife and actress Prunella Scales and living with dementia

Actor Timothy West talks about his wife and actress Prunella Scales and living with dementia

Actor Timothy West (79) has revealed his wife, Prunella Scales (81), who played Sybil in the comedy Fawlty Towers, is living with dementia.  West speaks about his wife’s condition in a new More 4 Documentary, Grand Canal Journeys, which sees the couple take part in four canal journeys across Britain.  West explained how canal life […]

March 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Eldercare blogger shares her personal experiences as a carer

Eldercare blogger shares her personal experiences as a carer

Caron Sprake, author of eldercare blog Caron Cares, shares how she cared for her disabled mother-in-law whilst juggling family responsibilities. Caron kindly agreed to share a little bit of her world as a carer.       When I said “I do” I acquired not only a husband but a disabled mother-in-law as well. After leaving […]

March 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Many more fearful of developing dementia than cancer

Many more fearful of developing dementia than cancer

A Channel 5 News and YouGov poll has found that one in five of us fear developing dementia more than cancer, and two thirds of us are concerned about being diagnosed with dementia in the future. All week Channel 5 News is exploring what it is like to live with dementia, from prevention and diagnosis […]

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chemicals present in cooked foods could be linked to Alzheimer’s, says study

Chemicals present in cooked foods could be linked to Alzheimer’s, says study

Foods high in compounds called advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) could contribute to the build up of beta-amyloid, a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – according to a study published today in the journal PNAS. AGEs are found in cooked foods and have previously been linked to health conditions including diabetes and dementia. This new research […]

February 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
iPad app to help combat dementia-An app to aid living with dementia

iPad app to help combat dementia-An app to aid living with dementia

A new start up company based out of the village of Langtoft, in Cambridgeshire, have created an iPad application to aid those living with dementia. The application named iReminisce™ helps to alleviate the symptoms of Dementia whilst combating loneliness by including a geographically separated families. Managing Director of Cognition Systems, Tony Upward explained; “Through reminiscence […]

February 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
£8.5m Lymington care home dedicated to dementia care opens March

£8.5m Lymington care home dedicated to dementia care opens March

The finishing touches are being made to an £8.5 million dedicated dementia care home opening in the heart of Lymington at the end of March. Linden House in New Street will create around 100 direct jobs including posts for nurses, healthcare assistants, activity organisers, social carers and other ancillary staff. The home, owned and run […]

February 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hundreds of thousands with dementia suffer from malnutrition, says report

Hundreds of thousands with dementia suffer from malnutrition, says report

More attention needs to be focused on the problem of malnutrition in people living with dementia, according to a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and the Compass Group released today. Previous studies reviewed in the report have shown that up to 45 per cent of those living with dementia experience clinically significant weight […]

February 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Older women with both diabetes and naturally high oestrogen levels14 times more likely to develop dementia

Older women with both diabetes and naturally high oestrogen levels14 times more likely to develop dementia

Older women with both diabetes and naturally high oestrogen levels are 14 times more likely to develop dementia than women without diabetes, according to research from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. The study, which is published in the journal Neurology, also found that women with high levels of oestrogen – but no […]

January 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Exposure to DDT could be linked to risk of Alzheimer’s

Exposure to DDT could be linked to risk of Alzheimer’s

Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according a study published in the journal, JAMA Neurology. Researchers at Rutgers Medical School in the United States examined the association between Alzheimer’s disease and blood levels of DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene).  DDE is a by-product of the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), which […]

January 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
New global partnership aims to accelerate dementia drug discovery

New global partnership aims to accelerate dementia drug discovery

Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) are offering up to $1.5 million for new research projects with potential to speed up the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The international collaboration could help make the hope of finding effective dementia treatments within the next 10 years a reality. […]

January 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Men Associated with Faster Cognitive Ageing

Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Men Associated with Faster Cognitive Ageing

Excessive alcohol consumption in men during midlife is associated with faster cognitive ageing, according to a new study published in the journal of Neurology. The researchers at University College London found that in men there were no differences in memory and cognitive function among alcohol abstainers, quitters, and light or moderate alcohol drinkers. However, excessive […]

January 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care staff help reduce need for medication from 50% of dementia residents to just 17%

Care staff help reduce need for medication from 50% of dementia residents to just 17%

Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent, commented in Parliament about the effectiveness of a pioneering specialist dementia care scheme being operated by a home in his constituency, The Rookery, having visited the home to see the benefits of the scheme for himself. Formerly owned by Southern Cross The Rookery Care home is now operated by […]

January 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Good House Keeping of GP Records Could Reveal Dementia Numbers

Good House Keeping of GP Records Could Reveal Dementia Numbers

A study published in the BMJ reveals that GPs ‘cleaning up their records’ could reveal the true number of patients on their records who have dementia. The research which involved 23 practices across 19 boroughs in London claimed that a review of coding in practice records could increase the current national diagnosis rate of dementia […]

January 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Vitamin E Study Gives Positive Results

Vitamin E Study Gives Positive Results

A daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia carry out everyday tasks for longer, according to a study published today in the journal JAMA. During the study, the 613 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease received either a daily dose of vitamin E, memantine (a dementia drug treatment), a vitamin E-memantine […]

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Christmas and caring for a loved one with dementia

Christmas and caring for a loved one with dementia

We all want Christmas to be a time of fun and magic, but stress can tarnish even the brightest of baubles so the specialist dementia team at Care UK have come up with 12 ways to take the strain out of Christmas when you are caring for a loved one who has dementia. Maizie Mears-Owens, […]

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