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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 […]

April 19, 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 […]

March 22, 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 […]

February 1, 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 […]

January 20, 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.   […]

January 16, 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 […]

January 13, 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 […]

January 8, 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 […]

January 5, 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 […]

December 21, 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 […]

December 1, 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 […]

August 28, 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 […]

July 21, 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 […]

July 20, 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 […]

July 9, 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 […]

July 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Hundreds to receive dementia training as rates predicted to soar

Hundreds to receive dementia training as rates predicted to soar

Bournville Village Trust is to train hundreds of its staff to recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia in response to rising rates of the condition in Birmingham.   The charitable Trust and housing association, which provides homes and services to 25,000 people in Birmingham and Shropshire, will train all 350 employees over the next […]

May 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Dementia care in Scotland set for transformation

Dementia care in Scotland set for transformation

Bupa and Dementia UK are set to take another big step towards improving dementia care in Scotland after appointing the country’s first Admiral Nurses. Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses developed by the charity Dementia UK who support caring families and join up the different parts of the health and social care system, to ensure […]

May 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
People with dementia in hospital struggling with undiagnosed pain, study finds

People with dementia in hospital struggling with undiagnosed pain, study finds

The frequency of pain experienced by people with dementia in hospital may be dramatically underreported, according to new research from University College London published in the journal PAIN today (25 March 2015). An observational study of 230 people with dementia found that, while nearly two thirds (57 per cent) of people with the condition were […]

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Wee Betty’s Bistro hosts Come Dine With Me for good memories

Wee Betty’s Bistro hosts Come Dine With Me for good memories

A day care centre in Milngavie has cooked up an innovative service that allows people with any form of memory impairment to have an enjoyable dining experience with their friends and family.  Oakburn Park Day Care, run by leading care and housing provider Bield, has seen huge demand for ‘Wee Betty’s Bistro’, a ‘Come Dine […]

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Red Nose Day gives moving tribute to those living with dementia

Red Nose Day gives moving tribute to those living with dementia

It was impossible no to be moved by the four people in the early stages of dementia who told their stories on the @rednoseday Twitter feed, in a Comic Relief first on Thursday 26th February. The nation gained a unique insight into their lives, from the challenges to often surprisingly uplifting realities.  By sharing their stories Comic […]

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