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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    The new NHS long-term plan promises to improve care for people with dementia, whether in hospital or at home. What should the NHS’s top priority be to achieve this?

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  • US dementia mortality rate more than doubles in two decades

    US dementia mortality rate more than doubles in two decades

    22.03.19 Mortality rates from dementia have more than doubled over the past two decades in the United States, a research team from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. Researchers calculated that, overall, age-adjusted death rates for dementia increased from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 population in the year 2000 to 66.7 in 2017. Just 84,000 deaths in the US were attributed to dementia in 2000, compared with 262,000 in 2017 – 46% of the latter were due to Alzheimer’s disease. "Part of what is likely happening is people are living to older ages, and those are the ages where your risk of dementia is the highest," lead researcher Ellen Kramarow told the journal Medical Xpress. “If you haven’t died of heart disease or cancer or something else and you get to the very oldest ages, your risk for getting dementia is higher.” But, as in the UK, a portion of the increase could be a change in the way that deaths are recorded.

  • Hospital study on wards reduces falls by a third

    Hospital study on wards reduces falls by a third

    21.03.19 A clinical study which used digital technology to monitor hospital patients with dementia resulted in a marked reduction in falls. Optical sensors placed on two wards at Manor Hospital, near Coventry, led to a one-third drop in falls during the night because they were able to detect activity and measure the vital signs of patients in their bedrooms. A report on the study, by Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Oxehealth, also found that time spent by nurses on enhanced observations of patients reduced by 71% during the eight-month study period last year compared with the same period in 2017. This equated to a time saving of 7,800 hours a year for the hospital, coupled with a 56% decline in demand for A&E attendance. Tracey Wrench, trust chief nurse and chief operating officer, said that staff had been able to anticipate falls and respond faster. “The one third reduction in falls is very encouraging, and the remaining falls have been less serious,” she said.

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  • UK Dementia Congress 2019

    UK Dementia Congress 2019

    14th UK Dementia Congress

    The Journal of Dementia Care is pleased to announce the 14th UK Dementia Congress will be held at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster on 5-7 November 2019. The UK Dementia Congress is the largest annual multi-disciplinary dementia-focused event and exhibition in the UK.

    The call for presentations will open at the end of January.

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