Tag: Alzheimers Society

    Threadbare social care system failing those with dementia as A&E admissions rise

    Threadbare social care system failing those with dementia as A&E admissions rise

    An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has discovered tens of thousands of people with dementia each year are being admitted to A&E because inadequate social care is leaving them unprotected from falls and infections. The investigation, which involved FOI requests to NHS Trusts in England and a survey of frontline paramedics, revealed a sharp rise in emergency […]

    17th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Unwell, unsafe, and unfed –people needing care reveal a shocking picture of neglect in our care system

    Unwell, unsafe, and unfed –people needing care reveal a shocking picture of neglect in our care system

    A survey by the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) (*), of nearly 4,000 people who need care or look after someone who does reveals the damning reality of a care system that is visibly failing and unfit for purpose. Those relying on care revealed their experiences of poor care – in the worst cases amounting […]

    10th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Alzheimer’s Society comments on Japanese care model

    Alzheimer’s Society comments on Japanese care model

    TODAY Wednesday 9th May, Nuffield Trust publishes a report arguing that the English social care system can learn from the Japanese model. The authors highlighted the following key learning points: Universal access to care, not dependent on where a person lives. An easily navigated system A long-term commitment to the prevention of loneliness and ill […]

    9th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Research identifies factors to support people to live well with dementia

    Research identifies factors to support people to live well with dementia

    A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia. The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that good relationships, social engagement, better everyday functioning, good physical and mental health, and high-quality care were […]

    9th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Age, marital status, BMI and sleep associated with risk for dementia

    Age, marital status, BMI and sleep associated with risk for dementia

    Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have analysed a large data set to identify new risk factors which they believe are linked to increased risk of dementia in later life. The risk factors they identify include: Age Marital status Weight Amount of sleep   Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, says: “With […]

    8th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life

    Anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life

    Moderate to severe mid-life (30-65) anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life, suggests a study of the available published evidence, part-funded by Alzheimer’s Society, in the online journal BMJ Open.   As yet it’s unclear whether drug or non-medical treatments for anxiety, such as mindfulness and meditation, could curb the risk of dementia […]

    1st May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Listening to music increases brain cell connectivity – Alzheimer’s Society comment

    Listening to music increases brain cell connectivity – Alzheimer’s Society comment

    Researchers at the University of Utah have analysed the effect hearing familiar music has on the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The study looked at 17 people living with dementia, using a functional MRI scan to analyse brain activity after listening to music. The researchers found brain activity increased in those areas of the […]

    30th April 2018 | By | Reply More
    Report highlights impact of bereavement on older people

    Report highlights impact of bereavement on older people

    A report, launched by Independent Age, has found that bereavement has a huge impact on older people, including those living with dementia. The report found that: ·     People with dementia are less likely to get good end of life care. ·     Anticipatory grief is a big issue for carers of people with dementia, as it can be […]

    27th April 2018 | By | Reply More
    Dementia symptoms not recognised in many admitted to hospital

    Dementia symptoms not recognised in many admitted to hospital

    A UCL led study has revealed that hospitals in the UK are only recognising dementia in under two-thirds of people admitted to hospital for a different reason. The study, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of Alzheimer’s Association, tracked hospital admissions over an eight year period. In 2008 the study found that among those […]

    25th April 2018 | By | Reply More
    Postcode lottery for those needing dementia care-which? reports

    Postcode lottery for those needing dementia care-which? reports

    Which? research has revealed that people with conditions including dementia are being denied NHS funding due to where they live. The research revealed that: People in England with the highest medical needs can be up to 25 times more likely to get their care costs covered depending on where they live. Families often have their […]

    20th April 2018 | By | Reply More
    Alzheimer’s Society comments on anti-inflammatories preventing dementia study

    Alzheimer’s Society comments on anti-inflammatories preventing dementia study

    A Vancouver-based research team led by Dr Patrick McGeer, has published a paper suggesting that anti-inflammatory drugs could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study suggests following a positive saliva test, people should start taking a daily dose of anti-inflammatories to help prevent dementia. This area has been explored widely, with clinical trials so far finding no […]

    28th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Charity duo unite against dementia in Everest adventure

    Charity duo unite against dementia in Everest adventure

    Two Alzheimer’s Society colleagues will “push themselves to the limit” when they embark on one of the world’s greatest treks.   Anna Ward and Hayley Woodyatt will swap heels for hiking boots for the dementia charity on a sponsored trek to the iconic Everest Base Camp.   And they hope their Himalayan hike will raise £20,000 […]

    17th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Care homes are stuck between a rock and a hard place

    Care homes are stuck between a rock and a hard place

    The proportion of care homes rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” increased in 1 in 5 local authority areas in 2017. A dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region when it comes to the proportion […]

    15th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Andover care home supports Alzheimer’s Society skydive

    Andover care home supports Alzheimer’s Society skydive

    An Andover care home is supporting the son-in –law of one of its residents, who is going to take part in a tandem skydive at 10,000 feet to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Kevin Bellis, who is 41, will be braving the jump on Sunday 27 May to raise sponsorship money for the Alzheimer’s Society, […]

    13th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Olympian set for biggest test of his life after dementia revelation

    Olympian set for biggest test of his life after dementia revelation

    Running legend Ron Hill says he is ready to face “the biggest challenge of my life” after revealing that he is now living with dementia.   The 79-year-old marathon icon has vowed not to let dementia “get me down” and fight the condition with the same determination that turned him into one of the world’s […]

    3rd March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Study confirms link between hearing loss and dementia in older adults

    Study confirms link between hearing loss and dementia in older adults

    On World Hearing Day, 3rd March 2018, the British and Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) highlight an important new study into the link between hearing loss and the risk of dementia in older adults. Conducted by Professor Helene Amieva in France, the study followed 3,777 participants aged over 65 for up to 25 years. […]

    3rd March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Which? care homes investigation raises discussion on care contracts

    Which? care homes investigation raises discussion on care contracts

    An investigation by consumer watchdog Which? has found that care homes are failing to provide contracts and may be breaking the law by neglecting to tell residents and their families about important terms and conditions. Which? is calling on the Government to act now on the competition authority’s recommendations to strengthen consumer protections for care […]

    3rd March 2018 | By | Reply More
    British Red Cross warns of an endless cycle of avoidable hospital readmissions

    British Red Cross warns of an endless cycle of avoidable hospital readmissions

    In and Out of Hospital, a report published today by the British Red Cross, warns of an ‘endless cycle of avoidable hospital readmissions,’ in which some frail, older or vulnerable people are sent home from hospital, without the right care in place, only to go straight back to emergency departments.   The charity says that […]

    3rd February 2018 | By | Reply More
    Pfizer to end research into drug development for Alzheimer’s disease

    Pfizer to end research into drug development for Alzheimer’s disease

    Pfizer has announced that it will be ending its neuroscience discovery and early development efforts, an area which includes research into drug development for Alzheimer’s disease. The US based company anticipates losing 300 jobs in its neuroscience discovery and early development programmes in Andover, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Groton, Connecticut. The company said that it will […]

    8th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    ‘Inspirational’ former carer wins national Dementia Friendly Award

    ‘Inspirational’ former carer wins national Dementia Friendly Award

    An “inspirational” former carer has won a national honour for her efforts to help people with dementia and their loved ones. Val Brown was presented with the Uniting Against Dementia – Outstanding Contribution honour at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards. The 79-year-old has been involved with Alzheimer’s Society for the last 28 years […]

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