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  • Book now for event on arts practitioner training

    Book now for event on arts practitioner training

    25.01.20 The Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) is holding a Special Friends and Supporters event at St Hugh’s College Oxford on Tuesday 10 March. It will be a day of presentations about training for arts practitioners, including FLOURISH – CDAN’s flagship arts and dementia professional development programme. In addition, there will be training workshops on dance, music, poetry and the visual arts, as well as a literary lunch with journalist and campaigner Nicci Gerrard (author of “What Dementia Teaches Us About Love”) and philosopher Marianne Talbot (author of “Keeping Mum: Caring for someone with dementia”).

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  • Clinical director for dementia praises football club community groups

    Clinical director for dementia praises football club community groups

    21.01.20 A rather different perspective on the national game has come from NHS England’s clinical director for dementia Alistair Burns, who praised football clubs for leading the way in running activities and workshops for people with dementia. Professor Burns said that innovative community schemes run by Premier League and English Football League clubs were “invaluable” in helping people with dementia keep their brains active. In a statement released just before the traditional Boxing Day fixtures, Burns said that clubs, “as the centre of communities and many people’s lives, have an open goal chance to team up with the NHS and improve lives.”

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  • Scotland likely to introduce ban on children heading ball in training

    Scotland likely to introduce ban on children heading ball in training

    20.01.20 Evidence of links between football and dementia is likely to result in a Scottish ban on children heading the ball, reports suggest. After a Glasgow University study found that professional footballers were 3.5 times more likely than average to have died from a neurodegenerative disease, the Scottish Football Association is expected to announce a ban on under-12s heading the ball in training. Although there appears to be a correlation between football and dementia, there is no evidence that heading the ball actually causes the condition, but the Scottish FA appears to have opted for a cautious approach. John MacLean, the organisation’s doctor, told the BBC that the move was common sense.

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  • Dementia care for some British people 'outsourced' to Thailand

    Dementia care for some British people 'outsourced' to Thailand

    17.01.20 Thailand is setting itself up as an “international hub” for dementia care and growing numbers of British people are going into residential care there, according to academics. They told the Guardian that people were attracted to Thailand by residential care in award-winning facilities with one-to-one staff-resident ratios at a cost of around £750 per week. “There aren’t yet any official numbers as to how many people are moving out to Thailand to receive care,” Professor Geraldine Pratt of the University of British Columbia was quoted as saying. “Relative to the total number of people living with dementia, it is a low number. But with the number of people with dementia set to increase, and the cost of looking after them also getting higher, it is likely to be an option that more and more people consider.” Pratt and her fellow researchers had found eight Thai homes with UK guests, according to the Guardian.

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  • E-Newsletter - 17 Jan 2020

    E-Newsletter - 17 Jan 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include dementia care in Thailand and improving access to arts for people with dementia from South Asian communities. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Campaigners angry over social care action delay

    Campaigners angry over social care action delay

    15.01.20 The Independent Care Group, representative body for independent care providers, says it is dismayed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s admission that it could take a full parliament to deliver action on social care. The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham said: “This is a huge disappointment after all the promises to tackle social care that were made when Mr Johnson took over as Prime Minister and during the General Election campaign. To hear that social care could be fobbed off for up to another five years is a kick in the teeth for the 1.5m people who can’t get the care they need today… We don’t need any more plans, documents or proposals, we need action.” He added “For a start, the Government could alleviate some of the financial pressure on care providers by making social care zero-rated for VAT. If the Government can consider intervening to aid the airline Flybe by cutting air passenger duty on domestic flights then it can consider helping social care providers too."

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  • New funding for Dementia Voices

    New funding for Dementia Voices

    14.01.20 Innovations in Dementia has announced a new 4 year grant awarded from The National Lottery Community Fund for a programme of work, Dementia Voices. Dementia Voices will harness the collective potential of the DEEP network which is a UK wide association of over 120 groups of people with dementia, as well as the Dementia Diaries project (an online resource of first hand testimonials by people living with dementia), and the Dementia Enquirers project which puts people with dementia in the driving seat of research.

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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    The ‘JDC Asks’ column invites a varied and interesting line-up of contributors to consider topical issues. For the December/January 2020 issue we asked: "Do 'environmental lies' like fake bus stops and murals in care homes play an important role in delivering person-centred care or do they simply sow confusion?"

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  • Computer model to improve early diagnosis

    Computer model to improve early diagnosis

    7 Jan 2020 A computer model designed in a collaboration between Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and astrophysicists at the University of Sussex could improve the early diagnosis of dementia. The team, led by Dr Elizabeth Ford, used data from GP records to create a list of 70 indicators related to the onset of dementia and recorded in the five years before diagnosis. Working with data scientists from astrophysics, they tried several types of machine-learning models to identify patterns of clinical information in patient records before a dementia diagnosis. The best model was able to identify 70% of dementia cases before the GP, but also generated a number of false positives.

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  • E-Newsletter - 20 Dec 2019

    E-Newsletter - 20 Dec 2019

    We are delighted to bring you the final weekly news round-up of 2019 and wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The newsletter will be back on 10 January. Ideas and contributions are always welcome at

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