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News Update

  • Spain's Queen Sofia becomes latest Alzheimer's ambassador

    Spain's Queen Sofia becomes latest Alzheimer's ambassador

    16.03.18 Queen Sofia of Spain has been made an honorary ambassador for Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), "in recognition of her significant personal dedication to dementia research and care globally." ADI chief executive Paola Barbarino said the organisation was deeply honoured by Queen Sofia's acceptance of its invitation. "Queen Sofia's commitment to dementia over the years has been a crucial factor in raising awareness and combating stigma and we look forward to continuing our work in this direction strengthened by Her Majesty's patronage," Barbarino said.

  • Microbiologist raises concerns about PARO robotic furry seal

    Microbiologist raises concerns about PARO robotic furry seal

    15.03.18 Concerns have been raised about the PARO robotic furry seal and its suitability for people with dementia on hospital wards. Professor Rob Townsend, a consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor at Sheffield NHS Trust, told JDC he was worried about infection control measures for PARO and the possibility of an outbreak of influenza A, for example, which "could have devastating consequences with an appreciable mortality rate in this client group". Townsend's views are contrary to findings from a recent Brighton University study, which found that PARO met infection prevention requirements on hospital dementia wards. Alzheimer's Society has backed the Brighton findings: Dr Doug Brown, chief policy and research officer at the Society said "These novel seal robots can boost social engagement, improve mood and reduce agitation in some people living with dementia. Although it is vital that they are used alongside human contact, and never replace it."

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