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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    A rating of ‘inadequate’ from CQC can mean the care home goes out of business, while an ‘outstanding’ one can do wonders for business and morale. But do CQC ratings really reflect the standards of care delivered?

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  • What is truth? Dilemmas when two realities meet

    What is truth? Dilemmas when two realities meet

    Should we always tell people with dementia the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Graham Stokes and Antonis Kousoulis report on the findings of an inquiry set up to find some answers

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  • Dance for Life project results ‘highly encouraging’

    Dance for Life project results ‘highly encouraging’

    “Highly encouraging” results have emerged from a major dance project called Dance for Life, run by Dementia Pathfinders and the dance touring company New Adventures & Re:Bourne.

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  • Smart technology to monitor health and well-being

    Smart technology to monitor health and well-being

    Smart gadgets placed strategically in people’s homes can yield round-the-clock information on their health in real time. Helen Rostill and Ramin Nilforooshan explain their new “internet of things” project.

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  • “Broader understanding needed” as Alzheimer’s drug fails

    “Broader understanding needed” as Alzheimer’s drug fails

    20.02.17 Hopes of a drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease have been dealt another blow by the failure of verubecestat during experimental trials. Pharmaceutical company Merck called a halt to the trial with people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, with “virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect.” Alzheimer’s Research UK policy director Dr Matthew Norton said that a broader understanding was needed of the neurological effects of dementia. “We need to understand the targets in the brain that we can hit with new treatments,” he said. “To use a football analogy, we’re just taking single long shots at the goal but we need to be starting and building up our attack from the back of the pitch.” Merck is to carry on evaluating verubecestat in people with prodromal Alzheimer’s disease on the basis that it may inhibit changes that occur in the brain prior to onset. Norton added: “Two or three drugs are coming in the next few years that we do have high hopes for.”

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  • Historic venue and dates announced for UKDC and National Dementia Care Awards

    Historic venue and dates announced for UKDC and National Dementia Care Awards

    20.02.17 JDC is delighted to announce that this year’s 12th UK Dementia Congress will be held at the historic Doncaster Racecourse on 7 – 9 November. It will also be the venue for the 8th National Dementia Care Awards which will follow UKDC on the final day of the Congress. Proposals for presentations and posters at UKDC are invited on any aspect of support, care and treatment for people with dementia and their families, in any setting. Click HERE for further information.

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  • E-Newsletter 17 Feb 2017

    E-Newsletter 17 Feb 2017

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. In this Weekly Newsletter I am taking some of the best stories from the 24-hour newsfeed and adding some of my own. It is an editor’s selection that I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Dance for Life project has “major positive impact” on participants

    Dance for Life project has “major positive impact” on participants

    17.02.17 “Highly encouraging” results have emerged from a major dance project called Dance for Life, run by Dementia Pathfinders and the dance touring company New Adventures & Re:Bourne. Six dancers from the touring company took part in the pilot project, working with people in the moderate and late stages of dementia in two care homes, Oakhurst Court and Forrester Court. Each dance session was planned in advance by the dancers, identifying activities and props to incorporate, but with room to respond to people with dementia participating by using improvisation to build on any feelings, movements and words expressed. For the evaluation report, click HERE

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  • Smartphone app for walkers

    Smartphone app for walkers

    17.02.17 There is some evidence that physical exercise can slow down cognitive decline so a new smartphone app for walkers could be part of the answer to staying independent for longer by adopting a healthy lifestyle. “Walking for Well-Being” is designed to make it easy to plan walking routes that are less demanding than ones its users may have been used to in the past. Drawing on co-design workshops with older people, it is an innovation developed and tested in a University of York-led programme which aimed to produce practical, low-cost mobility aids. The app highlights things to be avoided, like steep slopes, uneven pavements and busy roads, and things worth seeking out like green spaces. According to Age UK figures, 9% of older people feel trapped in their own homes while 6% leave their house once a week or less. The app is currently a research prototype, but it is hoped to be publicly available by the end of 2017.

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  • Timely diagnosis needed for people with learning disabilities and dementia

    Timely diagnosis needed for people with learning disabilities and dementia

    17.02.17 Care needs among people with learning disabilities and dementia should be better addressed by timely diagnosis, helping them to remain in a familiar environment, and ensuring that staff acquire the necessary skills. These are among the key themes to emerge from a voluntary sector report entitled “Staying Put”, which says that people with learning disabilities are five times more likely than others to develop dementia. It focuses on how best to support the growing numbers of people with the condition and is based on recent work with care providers on improving quality of life and the challenges they have encountered. “It is critical that we broaden our understanding of how dementia affects people with learning disabilities, and this report provides valuable insight into the importance of existing and future research in this area,” said National Care Forum executive director Vic Rayner. Staying Put can be found at www.nationalcareforum.org.uk

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