Tag: dementia

    Housing sector has key role to play in dementia support

    Housing sector has key role to play in dementia support

    With a million people in the UK likely to be living with dementia by 2021, housing providers have a vital role in supporting their customers to live independently for as long as possible. This is one of the conclusions of a report published by The Guinness Partnership.   The independent report was compiled by the […]

    27th November 2018 | By | Reply More
    A grandmother with dementia starts singing in French

    A grandmother with dementia starts singing in French

    A GRANDMOTHER with dementia has started singing in French after using an app which enables non-musicians to create their own music.    Ginette Koonjean, 71, was born in Mauritius but moved to the UK 50 years ago and stopped speaking in French years ago as her condition deteriorated.    The retired nurse, who had been part […]

    31st August 2018 | By | Reply More
    A simple 10 minute chat with a resident helps improve wellbeing for those living with memory issues

    A simple 10 minute chat with a resident helps improve wellbeing for those living with memory issues

    Research presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) has found that 10 minutes of social interaction a day helps improve wellbeing for people with dementia in care homes. The Wellbeing and Health for people with Dementia (WHELD) programme trained care home staff to increase social interaction from two minutes a day to ten, combined with […]

    13th August 2018 | By | Reply More
    Blue Badge announcement is a ‘game changer’ for hidden disabilities

    Blue Badge announcement is a ‘game changer’ for hidden disabilities

    Alzheimer’s Society responds to the announcement from the Department for Transport that people with hidden disabilities, like dementia, will be able to benefit from Blue Badges.   This is the biggest overhaul to the system in 40 years, offering accessible parking for people who find travel difficult.   Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Campaigns, at […]

    8th August 2018 | By | Reply More
    Alzheimer’s and dementia risk may be increased by use of antiepileptic drug

    Alzheimer’s and dementia risk may be increased by use of antiepileptic drug

    The use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, DZNE. Continuous use of antiepileptic drugs for a period exceeding one year was associated with a 15 percent increased risk of […]

    18th April 2018 | By | Reply More
    Are you a family carer supporting someone with dementia?

    Are you a family carer supporting someone with dementia?

    Are you a family carer supporting someone with dementia? Would you benefit from taking a break to learn more about dementia and develop your caring skills? If that sounds interesting, then the Royal Surgical Aid Society would like to talk to you! RSAS is looking for family carers of people with dementia to take part in a new […]

    19th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    NHS Digital publishes dementia and antipsychotic drug prescription data for first time

    NHS Digital publishes dementia and antipsychotic drug prescription data for first time

    NHS Digital has published for the first-time data that shows the levels of prescribing antipsychotic drugs to dementia patients. 9.4 per cent of patients with a recorded dementia diagnosis were prescribed antipsychotic medication in the 6 weeks to 30 November 2017.   The data has been published as part of an expansion of the monthly […]

    15th December 2017 | By | Reply More
    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 […]

    5th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    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 […]

    5th December 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
    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 […]

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