Tag: Alzheimers Society

Brain training could potentially help reduce the risk of developing dementia

Brain training could potentially help reduce the risk of developing dementia

Results from a ten year study have hinted that a type of brain training designed to train people’s thinking speed could reduce dementia risk. The study, known as the ACTIVE study, recruited 2,802 older adults without dementia. The participants undertook one of three programmes designed to train their memory, reasoning or attention speed, or were […]

16th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Research suggests Government social care cap will not protect the majority

Research suggests Government social care cap will not protect the majority

New research from Independent Age and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has found that the government’s proposed lifetime cap on care costs for adults in England would not protect the majority of service users. The cap, currently set at £72,000 and planned to be introduced in 2020, would not include daily living costs. […]

3rd November 2017 | By | Reply More
Relationship between brain inflammation and dementia-Alzheimer’s Society comments

Relationship between brain inflammation and dementia-Alzheimer’s Society comments

A study that will be published in the American Academy of Neurology today (1st November 2017) has found a relationship between inflammation biomarkers  in the brains of 40-60 year olds and brain shrinkage in older age. The study involved testing the levels of five biomarkers of inflammation in the blood, including the white blood cell […]

1st November 2017 | By | Reply More
Lack of choice leaves families settling for unsatisfactory care homes-Which? report from Anna Studman

Lack of choice leaves families settling for unsatisfactory care homes-Which? report from Anna Studman

Families face a critical lack of choice in arranging care, new Which? research shows. The survey found that nearly half (48%) of people who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one in a care home said there weren’t any places in at least one of the local places they considered. Half of those […]

27th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Dementia set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer

Dementia set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer

More than 25.5 million people around the world are dying each year with serious physical and psychological suffering caused by disease, injury or illness, according to a major new report published in The Lancet today. The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief has provided the first global estimates of serious, health-related suffering […]

13th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Cambridgeshire care home worker recognised at Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Awards’

Cambridgeshire care home worker recognised at Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly Awards’

Joe Ballard, the Activities Coordinator at Home Meadow residential care home in Toft, near Cambridge, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, is proudly announcing that Joe has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Inspiring Individual’ category of the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friendly […]

12th October 2017 | By | Reply More
We need to talk about funding social care

We need to talk about funding social care

Leading health economist, William Laing, has today published his proposal for a long-term solution for funding social care.   The ‘Personal Asset Protection Guarantee’ (PAPG) White Paper outlines a scheme in which individuals needing residential care in later life are guaranteed to keep about three-quarters of their personal assets. The PAPG would offer an initial assessment for […]

11th October 2017 | By | Reply More
CQC report State of Care brings comments from across the care industry

CQC report State of Care brings comments from across the care industry

This year’s State of Care shows that, thanks to the efforts of staff and leaders, the quality of health and social care has been maintained despite very real challenges and the majority of people are getting good, safe care. But future quality is precarious as the system struggles with complex new types of demand, access […]

10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Ruth Langsford unites with 3,000 people at Surrey Memory Walk

Ruth Langsford unites with 3,000 people at Surrey Memory Walk

Strictly star Ruth Langsford took a break from the dancefloor to join 3,000 people who united against dementia at an Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk. The Loose Women and ITV This Morning presenter, who lost her dad, Dennis, to dementia, swapped sequins for a blue Alzheimer’s Society t-shirt when she took part in the charity’s Surrey […]

9th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Two friends who work in care raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society

Two friends who work in care raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society

Two friends, who work in care, took part in a charity walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society after seeing the effects of the disease first hand.   Rachael Parker, 36, and Jane Skelton- Webb, 43, both care assistants at Milford House Care Home, owned by Milford Care, raised £240 by taking part in the […]

9th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Only Fools and Horses star Sue Holderness backs dementia fight in memory of her mum

Only Fools and Horses star Sue Holderness backs dementia fight in memory of her mum

Only Fools and Horses star Sue Holderness joined more than 1,800 people to unite against dementia at Reading’s first Memory Walk yesterday (Sunday 1 October). The actress, who played Marlene Boyce in Only Fools and Horses, cut the ribbon to start Alzheimer’s Society’s Reading Memory Walk which started in Kings Meadow at 11am.   Sue […]

5th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Emotional Davina McCall unites with 2,500 people at “heart-warming” Memory Walk

Emotional Davina McCall unites with 2,500 people at “heart-warming” Memory Walk

TV star Davina McCall had to fight back the tears on Saturday as she joined 2,500 people to unite against dementia at the Alzheimer’s Society Brighton Memory Walk. Davina cut the ribbon to get the “heart-warming” charity walk under way at Hove Lawns on what proved to be an emotional occasion for the TV presenter […]

2nd October 2017 | By | Reply More
Social care staff are battling a system preoccupied with saving money

Social care staff are battling a system preoccupied with saving money

The findings of a new survey of 469 social workers by Community Care Magazine, supported by the Care and Support Alliance, provide evidence of how broken the social care system England has become.  The responses from across England revealed that: Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) felt expected to reduce care packages because of cost pressures […]

25th September 2017 | By | Reply More
People with dementia receive little specialist support at end of life, despite high levels of need

People with dementia receive little specialist support at end of life, despite high levels of need

Research has found that, despite having complex needs, most of the healthcare received by people in the later stages of dementia is provided by GPs or emergency services, with little support from specialist healthcare professionals. The researchers, from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London, found that GPs were the main […]

19th September 2017 | By | Reply More
England football legend unites with Alzheimer’s Society at Memory Walk

England football legend unites with Alzheimer’s Society at Memory Walk

England football legend Sir Geoff Hurst is joining forces with Alzheimer’s Society to tackle dementia in support of his fellow 1966 World Cup heroes who are living with the condition. Sir Geoff has pledged his backing for Memory Walk, Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which is taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this […]

18th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Monty Python legend Terry Jones unites with 3,500 people at Memory Walk

Monty Python legend Terry Jones unites with 3,500 people at Memory Walk

Monty Python legend Terry Jones joined more than 3,500 people to unite against dementia at the London Memory Walk. The 75-year-old, who is living with a rare form of dementia, took part in Alzheimer’s Society’s London Memory Walk at the historic HAC Grounds in central London, accompanied by his daughter Sally Jones and his former partner Alison Telfer.   Terry […]

14th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Nuneaton care home manager raises over £1200 on Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks

Nuneaton care home manager raises over £1200 on Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks

The manager of a Nuneaton care home is celebrating raising more than £1,240 for charity through a series of sponsored walks. Theresa Ingram-Gettins, who managers Harmony House in Chilvers Coton, took to the local beauty spots for three days, covering 5.5k each day to raise the money as part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk. […]

13th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Healthwatch report is another signal that social care is in crisis-Alzheimer’s Society

Healthwatch report is another signal that social care is in crisis-Alzheimer’s Society

Healthwatch England have analysed the experiences of 3,415 home care users, their families and front line staff across 52 local areas between August 2015 and June 2017. Over 400,000 people with dementia use home care services. Most people surveyed were positive about their home care , saying it was an invaluable service that enabled people […]

24th August 2017 | By | Reply More
The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The Lancet: An extra 71000 care home places will be needed by 2025 in England as care needs increase, study predicts. As life expectancy increases, so too have the number of years that older adults spend with substantial care needs, now reaching an average of 3.0 years for women and 2.4 years for men aged […]

16th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Care home manager overcomes her fear of heights to support Alzheimer’s Society

Care home manager overcomes her fear of heights to support Alzheimer’s Society

On 6th August  Orchard Court Care Home in Brigg Manager Tracy Mussett took a leap of faith and overcome her fears of heights and flying by doing a skydive in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The manager Tracy Mussett said” it was a fantastic experience as well as raising money for a cause so close […]

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