Tag: Alzheimers Society

    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 […]

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    ‘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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    Christmas kicked off by Santa’s little helpers!

    Christmas kicked off by Santa’s little helpers!

    SANTA’s elves took a day off preparing for Christmas to enjoy festive celebrations at a Chester Le Street care home.   Elf Day was held at Pelton Grange Care Home to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.   Staff and residents dressed up as Santa’s helpers for the day and played an elf themed quiz […]

    19th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    Santa’s elves raise money for dementia charity

    Santa’s elves raise money for dementia charity

    Donning the jolly green outfits of Santa’s little helpers, staff of residential care homes St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery put on a festive spectacle at Braintree Freeport.   The elves greeted Christmas shoppers throughout the afternoon and raised a total of £273.66 for the Alzheimer’s Society, in support of the charity’s fundraising Elf […]

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    Ormskirk care staff have an Elf of a day for dementia charity

    Ormskirk care staff have an Elf of a day for dementia charity

    From the youngest to the oldest, Stocks Hall, Ormskirk’s Home, Santa and his team, worked very hard raising money for charity recently.  Elf Day held on Friday 8th December encourages schools, colleges and other organisation to unleash their inner Elf and fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society. The team of ……not so little elves, worked around the […]

    14th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    ADASS points out the need to plug social care funding gap

    ADASS points out the need to plug social care funding gap

    Responding to analysis by the Alzheimer’s Society which shows 1,400 people with dementia will be stranded in hospital over Christmas, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said: “This welcome report is further evidence of the urgent need to plug the estimated £2.5 billion funding gap facing adult social […]

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    Independent Care Group comments on shocking Alzheimer’s Society investigation

    Independent Care Group comments on shocking Alzheimer’s Society investigation

    The plight of 1,400 people with dementia who are stranded in hospital this Christmas because of a lack of available social care to look after them was today condemned as a disgrace. The Independent Care Group said the investigation by Alzheimer’s Society had uncovered a situation which shamed the country and was totally unacceptable in […]

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    Horrifying figures as 1,400 people with dementia expected to be stranded in hospital over Christmas

    Horrifying figures as 1,400 people with dementia expected to be stranded in hospital over Christmas

    Alzheimer’s Society investigation reveals horrifying figures as 1,400 people with dementia expected to be stranded in hospital over Christmas At least 1,400 vulnerable people will spend Christmas on a hospital ward – well enough to go home, but trapped because of a social care system starved of funding – an Alzheimer’s Society investigation has revealed.   […]

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    Alzheimer’s Society comments on study which suggests urea is a cause of dementia

    Alzheimer’s Society comments on study which suggests urea is a cause of dementia

    A study published today (11 December) has suggested that a build-up of urea in the brain could be a major cause of dementia. An international team of researchers, including Professor Garth Cooper from the University of Manchester, used both human brains, donated by families for medical research, and those of genetically modified sheep to investigate […]

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    Hearing loss could be a risk factor as dementia diagnosis set to triple world wide

    Hearing loss could be a risk factor as dementia diagnosis set to triple world wide

    A study published today has suggested that hearing loss could be a risk factor for cognitive decline or dementia. The researchers, based at Trinity College Dublin, reviewed and analysed the results of 36 different studies involving over 20,000 people that looked into hearing loss and dementia. They found that age-related hearing loss had a small […]

    7th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    Songaminute Man honoured at Dementia Friendly Awards 2017

    Songaminute Man honoured at Dementia Friendly Awards 2017

    The son of internet singing sensation Songaminute Man has been honoured for his “phenomenal” fundraising efforts at Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2017. Simon McDermott catapulted dad Teddy, who is living with dementia, to fame when he shared Carpool Karaoke-style videos of them singing together. The videos went viral across the internet and Simon used […]

    1st December 2017 | By | Reply More
    ‘Beacon of light’ mum honoured at Dementia Friendly Awards

    ‘Beacon of light’ mum honoured at Dementia Friendly Awards

    A woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her 50s has been honoured for becoming a “beacon of light” to people affected by dementia in the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2017. Wendy Mitchell was handed the charity’s Inspiring Individual Award by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at County Hall, London, on Wednesday November 29, […]

    30th November 2017 | By | Reply More
    Worrying number of care homes not up to scratch!

    Worrying number of care homes not up to scratch!

    A lack of good quality care means some parts of the country have more than half of their care home beds in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate, according to a new investigation by consumer champion Which?. Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data shows that in six local authority areas, good quality […]

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    Lack of social care funding for those with dementia is an embarrassment and a travesty- Budget 2017

    Lack of social care funding for those with dementia is an embarrassment and a travesty- Budget 2017

    Responding to a lack of funding for social care in today’s budget, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The extra money for the NHS is hugely needed, but by neglecting social care the Government is just filling up a bucket with holes in it. “They have ducked an opportunity today – to put […]

    22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
    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 […]

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