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  • Alzheimer's Society launches coronavirus information page

    Alzheimer's Society launches coronavirus information page

    29.03.20 Alzheimer’s Society has set up a coronavirus information webpage for people affected by dementia, including advice and practical tips for people with the condition and those supporting them - either in the same household or from a distance. It covers activity ideas and support for people living alone. Here is a link to the PAGE

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  • E-Newsletter - 27 Mar 2020

    E-Newsletter - 27 Mar 2020

    These are difficult times and I very much hope you will find my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment helpful. In this Weekly Newsletter, which is part of your subscription to the Journal of Dementia Care, I'm taking some of the best stories from our dementia care newsfeed and adding some of my own “Editor’s Picks”. Ideas and contributions always welcome at

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  • Social distancing advice in community languages

    Social distancing advice in community languages

    25.03.20 Public Health England has now produced information on social distancing in some community languages. For further information see their website here

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  • Cardiff University researchers create new model of Alzheimer's risks

    Cardiff University researchers create new model of Alzheimer's risks

    28.03.20 A new model of Alzheimer’s disease bringing together all the known risk factors will speed up discovery of new treatments, the research team behind it have said. Scientists from Cardiff University created the “Multiplex Model” as a new way of looking at Alzheimer’s, identifying all the recognised genetic risk factors to deepen understanding of the triggers and the development of the disease. More than 50 risk genes have been identified so far. Professor Julie Williams, director of the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff, said: "The genetic breakthroughs we and other scientists have made over the past 20 years have shown us that Alzheimer's is a multi-component disease.
    we now know that Alzheimer's can be triggered by a number of different defects in the genetic make-up. By using this multi-faceted approach, we can pinpoint our research and work even faster towards developing new therapies."

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  • Coronavirus pandemic highlights 'ageist attitudes'

    Coronavirus pandemic highlights 'ageist attitudes'

    27.03.20 Centre for Ageing Better (CAB) chief executive Anna Dixon has condemned the ageist attitudes which have surfaced during the pandemic, disproportionately affecting older people. She cited an article in the Telegraph in which it was argued that the virus might benefit the economy by “culling” older people. Her remarks came as the CAB launched a new study showing UK attitudes to ageing are “overwhelmingly negative” and that older people are “subject to a litany of damaging stereotypes”. Dixon said ageism had a profound effect on older people’s wellbeing and experience of day-to-day life. “Our research shows that in spite of the progress we’ve made towards challenging discrimination in Britain, we still have an ingrained culture of pity, dislike and disassociation towards older people,” Dixon added. For the report, “Doddery but dear?" click HERE

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  • Chinese dementia care experience shared in ADI's new video

    Chinese dementia care experience shared in ADI's new video

    26.03.20 Dementia specialist Professor Huali Wang shares her experience of the challenges facing dementia care and how services responded as COVID-19 spread through China, in a new video from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). Professor Wang, who is executive vice-president of Alzheimer’s Disease Chinese, explains how China has addressed the specific challenges for people with dementia in unprecedented circumstances. She offers advice based on local experience “in the hope that it may help Alzheimer’s and dementia associations globally, as well as health and care professionals, people affected by dementia and their carers.” Link HERE

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  • Dementia charities across UK close down services

    Dementia charities across UK close down services

    25.03.20 Dementia charities north and south of the border are suspending services as both Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland react to the coronavirus outbreak. Alzheimer’s Society has temporarily suspended all of its face-to-face or group services and replaced them with telephone support,
    “Clearly, it’s important to stop coronavirus spreading while we are concerned that a period of isolation could also be extremely detrimental for people living with dementia,” added Alzheimer’s Society chief operating officer Kathryn Smith. “We are therefore looking at how to best stay in touch and support people affected by dementia during this time and continue some of our services such as Singing for the Brain remotely and safely, and will be communicating those plans as soon as we can.”

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  • E-Newsletter 20 Mar 2020

    E-Newsletter 20 Mar 2020

    Here is the week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the latest on the Coronavirus responses and a new model of Alzheimer's risks developed by Cardiff University. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Relatives Association reacts angrily to clampdown on care home visits

    Relatives Association reacts angrily to clampdown on care home visits

    24.03.20 Judy Downey, chair of the Relatives and Residents Association, reacted angrily to the clampdown on visits by care homes across the country, but the Care Quality Commission (CQC) urged providers to make their “top priority the protection of life”. Downey told the Guardian newspaper that bans on care home visits were “not legal” and was quoted as saying: “We have tinpot dictators telling people that they can’t visit their parents and partners based on something they have half heard. Residents can get very distressed if their relatives stop visiting. If you had the choice, at the end of your life, between not seeing your children or dying more quickly, which would you choose? I’d choose the latter. Just as importantly, it’s not legal to ban visits from friends and family. Residents have a right to family and private life, the right to choose and the right to be visited.” The CQC said it had suspended routine inspections and urged providers to “use your discretion".

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  • Care homes tighten visitor restrictions following government guidance

    Care homes tighten visitor restrictions following government guidance

    23.03.20 Further restrictions have been placed on care home visits following official guidance on coronavirus issued last week advising providers to review their visiting policies. Guidance from Public Health England (PHE), which sets out steps care homes can take to maintain services and what to do if someone has the virus, says they should ask “no-one to visit who has suspected COVID-19 or is generally unwell.” In response, Barchester said no visitors would be allowed into its care homes except healthcare professionals, although “controlled visits” would be permitted by arrangement in exceptional circumstances. All permitted visitors would have to wash their hands, have no symptoms and have their temperature taken on arrival. PHE guidance HERE

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