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  • Occupational therapy and 'rementia'

    Occupational therapy and 'rementia'

    20.04.18 Jackie Pool speaks up for the occupational therapy role in dementia care in the “social life blog” on the Guardian’s Social Care Network. Her focus is on “rementia”, the possible reversal of some dementia symptoms by helping individuals to improve and regain specific functions like making a cup of tea or using a mobile phone. Pool, head of memory care and programming at Sunrise Senior Living, says: “Underlying the practice are the latest developments in neuroscience, which explores how functions can be regained by enabling new links between neurons to work in place of damaged ones. This phenomenon of rewiring the brain is well understood but has not yet been applied widely to dementia care, where it has huge potential to help people in the early stages of the condition.” To read the blog, click HERE

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  • University of Worcester confirmed as UKDC academic partner

    University of Worcester confirmed as UKDC academic partner

    19.04.18 It has been announced that the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) will be Academic Partner for JDC’s UK Dementia Congress this year, taking place in Brighton and running from 6 – 8 November. Dr Richard Hawkins, editor-in-chief of JDC, said: “We are delighted that the Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, has been confirmed as the Academic Partner for UK Dementia Congress 2018. Under the leadership of Professor Dawn Brooker, the ADS is a multi-professional group of educationalists, researchers and practitioners who exactly reflect the audience at Congress, the UK’s largest annual dementia event. We look forward very much to working with the University of Worcester.”

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  • E-Newsletter 13 April 2018

    E-Newsletter 13 April 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include loneliness, the LAUGH project (pictured) and "rementia". It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Health board produces transgender guidance

    Health board produces transgender guidance

    13.04.18 A North Wales health board claims to have become the first in the UK to draw up new guidelines to support care for transgender people with dementia. The guidelines, produced by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, include advice on what to do if a transgender person becomes confused between their gender preference and their birth gender. Co-produced with transgender activists, the guidance follows a sharp increase in the numbers of people undergoing gender identity treatment. Jenny Burgess, who transitioned in 2012, said: “Myself and many others within the trans community are very concerned about what life will be like for them should they develop dementia, or are in need of care in later life…Take for instance a transgender woman - they may well get quite concerned and disturbed at being in female clothes. They may worry why certain parts are missing from their anatomy. So, it's these sort of things that I'd like staff to be aware of."

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  • Older people air worries about social care

    Older people air worries about social care

    12.04.18 In a critical report on care standards by Age UK, older people give vent to their worries about the state of social care. In a series of events around the country, 127 older people told politicians about the problems they faced with care and discussed proposals for funding the system. Older people’s top five problems were: care staff in a rush with no continuity; care often not very good; social care expensive and poor value; carers feeling abandoned by the NHS and social care; and social care system dysfunctional and hard to navigate. Full report HERE

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  • Revised review on reminiscence therapy

    Revised review on reminiscence therapy

    11.04.18 The Cochrane Library’s review of reminiscence therapy (RT) for dementia has been updated for the first time in 13 years. “We were encouraged to find that the amount and quality of research on RT for dementia has increased considerably since the last version of this review,” the library said. It added: “We concluded that the effects of RT vary, depending on the way it is given and whether it takes place in care homes or the community. However, there is some evidence that RT can improve quality of life, cognition, communication and possibly mood in people with dementia in some circumstances, although all the benefits were small. More research is needed to understand these differences and to find out who is likely to benefit most from what type of RT.” Positive benefits were most often seen in care home studies. The updated review is here:

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  • Last chance to book 10th Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress!

    Last chance to book 10th Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress!

    10.04.18 The 10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress, organised by Caring Times and JDC, is approaching fast and promises a fascinating programme and a great opportunity to network with colleagues. Taking place on 18 April at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, the Congress will be introduced by University of the West of Scotland’s Professor Debbie Tolson, and includes a keynote speech by Professor Graham Stokes, a series of short presentations on end of life care, and much else besides. For the programme and bookings go to

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  • E-Newsletter 6 April 2018

    E-Newsletter 6 April 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include transgender guidelines, evidence for reminiscence therapy and the Age UK report on social care. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Ireland dementia event takes place next month

    Ireland dementia event takes place next month

    06.04.18 The 10th International Dementia Conference takes place in Dublin on 16/17 April. Among other things it covers human rights and dementia, life stories and activities in residential care, and resilience and community connectedness. Among the speakers are Professor Steven Sabat, from Georgetown University in the US, and Helen Rochford Brennan, chair of the European Dementia Working Group. JDC editorial advisor Maria Parsons, chief executive of the Creative Dementia Arts Network, will be chairing one of the afternoon sessions on day 2: Reminiscence through art and drama. For more information on the programme, go to

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  • Alzheimer's Society on findings about anti-inflammatories

    Alzheimer's Society on findings about anti-inflammatories

    05.04.18 Alzheimer’s Society has poured cold water on a Vancouver study which suggests that taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study, carried out by a research team led by Dr Patrick McGeer, suggests that people should start taking a daily dose of anti-inflammatories following a positive saliva test. “The researchers’ suggestion in this paper that taking a daily anti-inflammatory drug as soon as a positive result for dementia risk is shown by a saliva test is premature, based on the evidence at the moment,” said Dr Doug Brown, Alzheimer Society’s chief policy and research officer. “Population studies, which gather large amounts of information from medical records from thousands of people, have thrown up an idea that taking ibuprofen and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories might be linked to a lower risk of dementia. But results of clinical trials with these drugs have been disappointing so far.”

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