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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    How has dementia care changed since Tom Kitwood's ground-breaking book Dementia Reconsidered was first published in 1997?

    At our UK Dementia Congress in Brighton, on 7 November, this year’s Tom Kitwood Memorial Address was entitled “Dementia Reconsidered, Revisited: The Person Still Comes First”. This is also the title of Professor Dawn Brooker’s important new book to be published early next year, which reprints Kitwood’s Dementia Reconsidered: The person comes first and adds expert commentaries for a contemporary and critical perspective. Dawn was joined by some of the distinguished commentators at our event.

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News Update

  • NICE issues antipsychotic medication note

    NICE issues antipsychotic medication note

    11.12.18 Antipsychotic medications should only be tried if a person with dementia is at risk of harming themselves or others, or if they are severely distressed, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in a new information note. The antipsychotic should be tried “alongside other activities to try to help their distress,” says NICE, which recommends first attempting to calm the person with things like music, exercise and aromatherapy. “The person should be assessed at least every six weeks and the antipsychotic should be stopped if it is not helping or is no longer needed,” it says. “The person does not have to have an antipsychotic. There are pros and cons...” The information note is intended to help people with dementia, family carers and their health professionals discuss the options. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng97/resources/antipsychotic-medicines-for-treating-agitation-aggression-and-distress-in-people-living-with-dementia-patient-decision-aid-pdf-4

  • Mental Health Act review

    Mental Health Act review

    10.12.18 An independent review of the Mental Health Act has published recommendations calling for far more legal weight to be attached to the views and wishes of people detained under the legislation. Sally Copley, Alzheimer’s Society policy director, said “As it stands, there is no requirement to involve a person with dementia in decisions that affect their care,” Copley said. “Listening to a person in care should never be optional and it is incredibly alarming to hear of instances when decisions - including being sectioned - have been made without the person and their family knowing. Such actions dangerously enter into rights abuse, and we urgently need to provide clarity for people with dementia and their families, who are facing the added difficulty of an impenetrably complex system at a distressing time.” The independent review was commissioned by the government and led by Sir Simon Wessely, former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


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