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  • Charter of Rights celebrates 10th anniversary in Scottish Parliament

    Charter of Rights celebrates 10th anniversary in Scottish Parliament

    14.10.19 A celebration at the Scottish Parliament hosted by Alzheimer Scotland last Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of the pioneering Charter of Rights for people with dementia and their carers. Now a centrepiece of the Scottish Government’s national dementia strategies, the Charter of Rights “helped to dramatically shift our understanding of dementia away from a solely medical model to a person-centred, rights-based understanding,” said Alzheimer Scotland chief executive Henry Simmons.

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  • E-Newsletter - 11 Oct 2019

    E-Newsletter - 11 Oct 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a potential diagnostic tool for FTD, a call for ideas from the Alzheimer's Society Innovation Hub, and a new Kent dementia village. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Strictly's Arlene Phillips gives boost to music therapy

    Strictly's Arlene Phillips gives boost to music therapy

    11.10.19 Care homes charity MHA has found a role for Strictly Come Dancing ex-judge Arlene Phillips in its new campaign to raise awareness of the impact music therapy can have on people with dementia. Launched on BBC Music Day, the MHA’s “Moment of Joy” campaign harnesses the power of social media to promote a series of video stories and a specially commissioned animation voiced by Phillips. MHA is encouraging people to support the campaign by sharing a song that has brought them joy in life using the hashtag #MyMomentOfJoy on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. “I’ve spent my life working with and through music and know its incredible power to move and inspire. That’s why I’m delighted to support the brilliant work done by MHA and their specialist music therapists,” said Phillips, #MyMomentOfJoy campaign ambassador.

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  • Big brands release archives for reminiscence app

    Big brands release archives for reminiscence app

    10.10.19 Groceries giant Unilever has partnered National Museums Liverpool to produce a smartphone app which brings back memories of advertising for the company’s iconic brands. Called “My House of Memories” the app includes visual and audio prompts encouraging people with dementia to engage in conversation about famous old adverts and packaging for Domestos (“Big Bad Dom”), Persil (“Wash Whiter”) and Jif (“the simplest way to squeeze a lemon”), among others. Unilever head of archives Claire Tunstall said that “many of our brands have played a memorable role in family life for generations and continue to do so every day. It’s great to see our archives being given a second life in the My House of Memories app so they can be used for such an impactful and positive purpose.”

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  • Meeting Centre pioneers win additional funding

    Meeting Centre pioneers win additional funding

    09.10.19 National Lottery funding has been awarded to two pioneering Meeting Centres, originally set up to trial a new form of community support for people with dementia and their carers. Droitwich Spa and Leominster Meeting Centres, part of a Europe-wide project taken forward in the UK by Worcester University, have been awarded £175,000 and £96,620 respectively to support their work in the coming years. The two centres were the first of their kind in this country, being essentially social clubs where people with dementia and their carers can enjoy each other’s company and participate in activities that address their emotional, cognitive and social needs. Between 15 and 20 Meeting Centres are expected to open across the UK over the next three years as part a support programme run by the ADS.

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  • Consultant gives 'real reasons' for rise in hospital admissions

    Consultant gives 'real reasons' for rise in hospital admissions

    08.10.19 Is the crisis in social care responsible for the sharp rise in hospital admissions for people with dementia? The Daily Mail recently reported that the figure had reached 1,000 admissions every day, with commentary from Alzheimer’s Society blaming social care cuts. But David Oliver, a consultant writing for BMJ online, reckons the high numbers are to do with the fact that dementia is better recognised and recorded. “Back in 2009 Sampson and colleagues showed that 42% of people over 70 admitted to hospital had dementia, and around half had no prior diagnosis...” Oliver writes. “Secondly, since 2012 the NHS in England has had a national payment incentive to ensure that hospitals identify people with dementia and code the cases. This may partly account for a rise in admissions far higher than the increase in community cases might lead us to expect.”

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  • Tourism organisations to make resorts dementia-friendly

    Tourism organisations to make resorts dementia-friendly

    07.10.19 VisitScotland and VisitEngland have joined forces to launch a practical guide for businesses called “Dementia-friendly tourism”. The guide will offer top tips to tourist hotspots on making themselves more dementia-friendly by raising employee awareness and understanding of how physical environments and facilities in hotels and other businesses can be made more accessible. Setting out the benefits to be gained from catering for this market, the guide shows tourism businesses that the necessary changes are often simple and inexpensive.

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  • E-Newsletter -  4 Oct 2019

    E-Newsletter - 4 Oct 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include dementia friendly holiday resorts, a new reminiscence app and reports on hospital admissions. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Worcester launches distance learning postgrad dementia studies course

    Worcester launches distance learning postgrad dementia studies course

    04.10.19 Worcester University’s Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) is launching a distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies in January with a closing date for the first intake of 29 November. Course modules cover VIPS, leadership, expert practice in restraint-free care, advanced dementia, enabling environments, empowering engagement and family perspectives. “Our motivation for doing this is to provide leaders in the field with the most accessible and flexible programme so that they can be confident that they are working from the most up-do-date evidence base,” said ADS director Professor Dawn Brooker.

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  • More hospital wards revamped to 'dementia-friendly'

    More hospital wards revamped to 'dementia-friendly'

    03.10.19 Hospitals across the country have been revamping their dementia ward décor to bring it into line with expectations in the NHS Long Term Plan that caring for people with dementia will be a key priority. According to NHS England, wards are being redecorated to include things like a “memories pub”, a 1950s-style reminiscence room and a cinema booth where patients can watch old films. Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia, described the ward refurbishments as “hugely effective” and said they could have enormous benefits for patients. NHS England highlighted Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire, where patients can “relax in a ‘butterfly tearoom’ complete with shop front wall mural and vintage memorabilia including a red telephone box.”

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