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National Dementia Audit: Important improvements in dementia care, but more support needed report finds

National Dementia Audit: Important improvements in dementia care, but more support needed report finds

Hospitals have made important changes to improve dementia care, but staff say more support is needed. Hospitals in England and Wales have made many positive changes aimed at making hospitals more “dementia-friendly”, an audit shows. Overall nearly 70% of carers rated care as excellent or very good, and 75% said that the person with dementia […]

13th July 2017 | By | Reply More
The human story behind the headlines on the real cost of dementia care

The human story behind the headlines on the real cost of dementia care

According to the BBC in 2010 just 5% of NHS hospitals give staff formal training to care for patients with dementia. It was then reported that patients with severe dementia had a bad experiences when in hospital or as outpatients. In 2010 most staff did not know how to meet the needs of dementia patients […]

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Former carer makes poetic plea for patience and understanding for those living with dementia

Former carer makes poetic plea for patience and understanding for those living with dementia

A former care worker who has dementia had people in tears when recited a poem on video as a heartfelt plea for patience for those who have the condition. Gary Weir, 54, has been a resident of the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham for five years after falling victim to a form of dementia […]

17th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Call for targeted campaign to help Black and Minority Ethnic dementia sufferers

Call for targeted campaign to help Black and Minority Ethnic dementia sufferers

“…in many BME communities, it is still seen as a natural part of ageing and not as an illness, so people do not access the services that are available…” “…Families are left to struggle and try to cope with the situation as best they can…” THE Government’s stated aim is to make England the best […]

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Prisons need to develop dementia strategy to deal with the growing number of older prisoners

Prisons need to develop dementia strategy to deal with the growing number of older prisoners

  The Prison Service needs to develop a strategy to deal with the growing number of older prisoners so that staff can manage age-related conditions such as dementia better, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Today he published a bulletin on lessons that can be learned from investigations into deaths of prisoners with […]

28th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Mismanagement of dementia costing health and social care system up to £1 billion a year

Mismanagement of dementia costing health and social care system up to £1 billion a year

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year. The report, ‘Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring parity of […]

19th April 2016 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s update as new research finds lost memories can be retrieved in mice

Alzheimer’s update as new research finds lost memories can be retrieved in mice

Published research, shows that in mice “lost” memories can be retrieved when given the right stimulation. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, people often struggle with memories of personal experiences and events, known as episodic memory. However, it is unclear whether storing new episodic memories is the problem, or if the memories are made […]

22nd March 2016 | By | Reply More
Great weight loss during ageing may increase risk of mild cognitive impairment, study suggests

Great weight loss during ageing may increase risk of mild cognitive impairment, study suggests

Increasing weight loss per decade as people aged from midlife to later life has been associated with an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology today. Researchers identified 524 of 1,895 cognitively normal participants who developed MCI. Others factors may have played a role, as those […]

1st February 2016 | By | Reply More
HSCIC  report highlight inconsistencies in hospital dementia care

HSCIC report highlight inconsistencies in hospital dementia care

The Focus on Dementia report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has highlighted inconsistent hospital record-keeping for patients with dementia. The report shows that in at least 50% of cases, hospitals are not recording a patient’s diagnosis of dementia, despite having identified it on previous admissions. This follows the launch of Alzheimer’s Society’s Fix Dementia […]

20th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Sporting memories help combat the debilitating effects of dementia, depression and loneliness

Sporting memories help combat the debilitating effects of dementia, depression and loneliness

Sporting memories help combat the debilitating effects of dementia, depression and loneliness. A new exhibition of memories collected from the 1966 World Cup launches later this year, thanks to a £302,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The exhibition will celebrate the glory of 1966 and the legacy of England’s win fifty years after the event.   […]

16th January 2016 | By | Reply More
50% of care home residents affected by swallowing difficulties

50% of care home residents affected by swallowing difficulties

A new report from the Patients Association called ‘Survey of medicines related care of residents with dysphagia in care homes’ has found as many as 50% of residents are affected by swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), which can make tablets difficult or even impossible to swallow. Despite the number of people affected by swallowing problems in care […]

13th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Blocking brain inflammation could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Blocking brain inflammation could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

A study, published today (Friday 8 January) in the journal Brain, has found that blocking a receptor in the brain responsible for regulating immune cells could protect against some of the memory and behaviour changes seen in Alzheimer’s disease. This study adds to evidence that inflammation in the brain is involved in the development of […]

8th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Long lonely days for many living with dementia

Long lonely days for many living with dementia

As we head into a new year and the celebrations are over, many people with dementia and their carers may face long, dark days ahead until they next spend time socialising or getting out of the house. It’s a sad fact that as the condition progresses, many people with dementia may find it difficult to […]

5th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Speeding up brain’s ‘waste disposal’ may slow down Alzheimer’s disease, study suggests

Speeding up brain’s ‘waste disposal’ may slow down Alzheimer’s disease, study suggests

A study of mice shows how proteasomes, a cell’s waste disposal system, may break down during Alzheimer’s disease, creating a cycle in which increased levels of damaged proteins become toxic, clog proteasomes, and kill neurons. The study, published today (Monday 21 December 2015), in Nature Medicine and supported by the National Institutes of Health, suggests […]

21st December 2015 | By | Reply More
‘Destination Area’  to improve quality of life and delivery of care for people living with dementia

‘Destination Area’ to improve quality of life and delivery of care for people living with dementia

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce a new and exciting project at Coombe End Court, Marlborough, to improve the quality of life and delivery of care particularly for people living with dementia – as well as enhancing the staff and visitor experience at the home.    OSJCT is investing […]

1st December 2015 | By | Reply More
Firefighters to tackle dementia as Local Authorities embrace public health responsibilities

Firefighters to tackle dementia as Local Authorities embrace public health responsibilities

Firefighters across England are going above and beyond their fire prevention work and are now supporting vulnerable people with issues relating to dementia, mental health, domestic abuse, social isolation, childhood obesity and youth unemployment.   Following the transfer of public health duties to local government, the fire and rescue service is now working in partnership […]

28th August 2015 | By | Reply More
More women develop dementia in the Western world than men and this isn’t just because they live longer

More women develop dementia in the Western world than men and this isn’t just because they live longer

Women with memory problems experience faster rates of cognitive decline than men, according to research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington. Researchers also report that women are more susceptible to developing dementia after surgery. In the first study, women with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) showed a rate of cognitive decline two […]

21st July 2015 | By | Reply More
School performance and loneliness both associated with risk of dementia

School performance and loneliness both associated with risk of dementia

Higher school performance and job complexity are both associated with a lower risk of dementia, according to two independent studies presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington. The first study followed 7,574 individuals aged 65 and over in the Uppsala Birth Cohort Study (Sweden) for more than 20 years and in that […]

20th July 2015 | By | Reply More
National survey reveals Scots want to do their best by people affected by dementia

National survey reveals Scots want to do their best by people affected by dementia

National survey reveals Scots want to do their best by people affected by dementia A new Scottish Social Attitudes report released this week has revealed that attitudes in Scotland to people living with dementia are largely positive, with most people not seeing it as a stigmatised condition. There was also a high percentage of people […]

9th July 2015 | By | Reply More
‘Thinking Active’ project that aims to combat vascular dementia is a prize winner!

‘Thinking Active’ project that aims to combat vascular dementia is a prize winner!

Jude, from Staffordshire County Council, fought off competition from 10 other leading lights in local government when she was declared the winner at the LGA annual conference in Harrogate last week. Jude received the accolade from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, and will receive up to £10,000 […]

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