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  • My Carer app aims to help people with dementia

    My Carer app aims to help people with dementia

    24.05.19 Alzheimer’s Society is a partner organisation behind a new My Carer app, one of the Alexa Skill range of apps using the Alexa voice-activated assistant for a specialised purpose. My Carer is designed to help people living with early stage dementia to follow their daily routine and retain their independence, reminding them what to do and when, and guiding them through each task. Examples of tasks supported by My Carer are taking medication, preparing lunch, and remembering birthdays and people’s names. Jon Carney from McCann Worldgroup, another partner involved in the app, said voice-activated assistants were now a feature of a quarter of US households and a fifth of UK households. “Using voice to help people at home in their daily lives represents a real sea change,” Carney said. My Carer is seen as a significant step towards voice-based home healthcare for people living with dementia and it will be available free at the Alexa Skill store.

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  • Find out more about action week as hundreds of venues prepare

    Find out more about action week as hundreds of venues prepare

    21.05.19 Hundreds of awareness-raising events will be held across the country this week in celebration of Dementia Action Week (20 - 26 May), including a free event at Reading’s Museum of English Rural Life (the MERL). Officially opened by the local mayor it will include entertainment from the Young People with Dementia Choir, a fun exercise class, reminiscence sessions and Dementia Friends sessions. Among various events in the London borough of Ealing will be Touch Heritage, at the University of West London, which will enable people with dementia and their carers to explore the therapeutic potential of handling and discussing heritage objects, while the Imagination Café will be putting on a pop-up event aiming to spread the word about creative approaches to dementia care. And there's plenty going on elsewhere too! For more information click HERE

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  • Dementia Action Week includes campaign to tackle lonliness

    Dementia Action Week includes campaign to tackle lonliness

    20.05.19 Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week launches today against the background of a new survey indicating that more than half of people with dementia in the community feel lonely. The Society surveyed over 350 people with dementia, finding that 58% experienced loneliness and 56% were losing touch with people since being diagnosed. It hopes that a social media campaign called #AskUsAnything, being run as part of Dementia Action Week, will help to break down the barriers between people with dementia and their communities to create a more inclusive society. #AskUsAnything is billed as a social media takeover by people with dementia, allowing anyone to ask them questions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Dementia Action Week runs from 20 – 26 May in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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  • E-Newsletter - 17 May 2019

    E-Newsletter - 17 May 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include Dementia Action Week, a new My Carer app and WHO guidelines on reducing the risk of dementia. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    The deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) are being replaced under a new amendment to the Mental Capacity Act. But will it really be a step forward for people with dementia whose freedom is curtailed?

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  • Music therapy podcast sits with learning programme for researchers

    Music therapy podcast sits with learning programme for researchers

    17.05.19 A new podcast explains how music therapy can enhance the lives of people with dementia and sits alongside two 12-week learning programmes for early and mid-career researchers. The first episode of the podcast series, presented by music therapy researcher Dr Orii McDermott and titled How Researchers Changed the World, focuses on how understanding the experience of music for people with dementia became her “personal driving force” as she strove to develop a way for clinicians to measure the impact of music on improving people’s day-to-day lives. “My PhD was driven by my frustration that there aren’t good enough measures to capture the experiences of people with dementia,” McDermott says. The two learning programmes accompanying the podcast are delivered online, covering topics like how to get research published, how to build a research profile, managing mid-career challenges and boosting the impact of research.

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  • Capacity Tracker to speed up discharge and reduce lost bed days

    Capacity Tracker to speed up discharge and reduce lost bed days

    16.05.19 Health and social care staff will be able to check the availability of care home places locally at a glance using a new portal launched by the NHS. It is hoped that the “Capacity Tracker” app will speed up hospital discharges by identifying potential care home placements quickly and reduce “lost” bed days by 20%. More than 250,000 bed days in NHS England each year are taken up by patients who are medically fit to be discharged but cannot find a care home place. Available to councils, hospitals and care homes, the Capacity Tracker works on any device and already has 6,250 care homes signed up to it following a pilot project in three regions last year.

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  • BBC radio’s Lauren Laverne helps front Music for Dementia 2020

    BBC radio’s Lauren Laverne helps front Music for Dementia 2020

    15.05.19 BBC radio presenter Lauren Laverne has been appointed ambassador for the Music for Dementia 2020 campaign, launched earlier this year to promote the use of music in care settings. It aims to make music accessible to everyone living with dementia by 2020 and has been backed by health secretary Matt Hancock. Laverne, presenter of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and Radio 6 Music’s breakfast show, said she wanted to highlight the powerful impact that music can make on people with dementia.
    Music for Dementia 2020 is a nationwide campaign backed by the Utley Foundation and follows the publication last year of an International Longevity Centre report which highlighted how music can help improve quality of life for people with dementia.

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  • MPs lobby Hancock for £2.4 billion Dementia Fund to end care crisis

    MPs lobby Hancock for £2.4 billion Dementia Fund to end care crisis

    14.05.19 A cross-party group of MPs has backed Alzheimer’s Society’s call for a £2.4 billion Dementia Fund to plug the social care funding gap and stem the tide of people with dementia going to A&E in a crisis. Sixty eight MPs were signatories to an open letter delivered to health secretary Matt Hancock as the Society claimed that people with dementia faced 15% higher social care costs than others. In the letter, written by MP Rachael Maskell who chairs an influential parliamentary group on ageing, MPs from across the political spectrum insist that “urgent investment” must be forthcoming to address social care’s financial struggles in the absence of the long-awaited social care Green Paper. In a report this week calling for the £2.4 billion dedicated Dementia Fund, Alzheimer’s Society pointed out that people with dementia were often taken to A&E needlessly with dehydration, infection or after a fall and that they occupied a quarter of hospital beds.

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  • E-Newsletter - 10 May 2019

    E-Newsletter - 10 May 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include an MP lobby to health secretary Matt Hancock and a new portal Capacity Tracker to speed up hospital discharge. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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