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  • BBC launches Music Memories website for people with dementia

    BBC launches Music Memories website for people with dementia

    12.10.18 A new BBC music website aims to connect people with dementia to the songs they love amid concerns that only 5% of care homes provide good quality music provision for their residents. It is hoped that the new Music Memories website will eventually have a database of music which can trigger memories in a wide variety of people living with the condition. According to International Longevity Centre research the quantity of music therapy and other music provision for residents amounts to 30 seconds a week per person with dementia, which is one of the reasons why charity Playlist for Life has collaborated with the BBC on the new website. It currently offers more than 1,800 songs, classical works and TV theme tunes from the last 100 years, enabling listeners to create playlists of favourites which can then be shared. Music Memories can be found at https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk.

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  • Major website redesign for Hawker

    Major website redesign for Hawker

    11.10.18 A completely redesigned and renewed website www.careinfo.org has been launched by Hawker Publications, publishers of the Journal of Dementia Care and Caring Times, including a new recruitment section. It offers a bright, attractive mini-portal into the many publishing activities Hawker offers its readers, conference visitors and business partners. Hawker Publications chief executive Richard Hawkins commented: “Many of social care’s biggest and most loved awards and events, such as the National Dementia Care Awards and the National Care Awards, and Europe’s largest annual dementia conference, the UK Dementia Congress are displayed in an-easy-to-use, pleasing way as well, of course, as the much valued Journal of Dementia Care. In addition, we have responded to the biggest current challenge in social care – recruitment and retention of staff – by introducing a completely new section devoted exclusively to these issues. We would particularly value readers sending in positive stori

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  • Innovations in Dementia awarded £700,000

    Innovations in Dementia awarded £700,000

    10.10.18 Social enterprise Innovations in Dementia has been awarded more than £700,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to launch a project called Dementia Enquirers, which will support people with dementia to conduct research. Dementia Enquirers will enable up to 20 DEEP (Dementia Empowerment and Engagement Project) groups to carry out their own small-scale research projects, giving people with dementia the chance to lead and take charge of research on issues of importance to them. DEEP, a UK-wide network of around 1,000 people living with dementia in more than 100 community groups, will be involved in identifying research priorities and planning and undertaking research with the help of small grants taken from the overall award. Over the 3.5 years of the award, people involved in DEEP will be supported and trained to capture and share their findings in creative ways, such as through film, music, poetry and photography.

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  • E-Newsletter 7 Oct 2018

    E-Newsletter 7 Oct 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a new music memory website,funding boost for Innovations in Dementia and carers assessments. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • By 2035, 650,000  new jobs will be needed - but what about Brexit?

    By 2035, 650,000 new jobs will be needed - but what about Brexit?

    05.10.18 Another 650,000 jobs will be needed in adult social care by 2035, according to Skills for Care. In two new reports, Skills for Care puts the turnover rate for directly employed staff at 30.7%, equating to approximately 390,000 people leaving their care jobs last year. “Turnover rates have increased steadily, by a total of 7.6% between 2012/13 and 2017/18, which indicates that employers are struggling to find, recruit and retain suitable people to the sector,” Skills for Care said. Warning of the risks from Brexit, Danny Mortimer, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition of health and care organisations, said: “With 110,000 vacancies and the possibility of needing another 650,000 care staff by 2035 to care for our elders, we will doubtless need to continue to rely on colleagues from overseas. The report acknowledges that while we still await clarity about post-Brexit migration rules, there is still a risk in terms of workforce supply.”

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  • Top charity calls for 'bold new action plan' on funding research

    Top charity calls for 'bold new action plan' on funding research

    04.10.18 Leading research charity Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has urged the government to adopt a “bold new action plan” by redoubling efforts to find a new dementia treatment. ARUK said that the government should commit to spending 1% of the annual cost of dementia on research, following Alzheimer’s Disease International’s call on World Alzheimer’s Day last Friday for governments worldwide to do the same. “We’ve seen progress in recent years thanks to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia launched in 2012, but without renewed government priority given to dementia, this momentum risks being lost,” said ARUK chief executive Hilary Evans.

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  • Free conversation cards to help social connections

    Free conversation cards to help social connections

    03.10.18 Bristol-based charity Alive has developed a set of conversation cards to help relatives, friends and care staff build social connections with people with dementia. The free resource contains lots of illustrations and ideas that people can use to prompt conversations on topics everyone can relate to, such as simple questions on gardening, school, travel and music. The cards were piloted with people living with dementia, families, friends and care staff, with “overwhelmingly positive” feedback, Alive said. Alive cited findings from the WHELD research programme which showed that as little as 10 minutes of meaningful conversation each day could have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. The cards are available as a free downloadable pdf from the Alive website click HERE

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  • Loneliness fears rise with day centres closing

    Loneliness fears rise with day centres closing

    02.10.18 Thousands of older people may be being forced into loneliness and isolation by the rapid rate of day centre closures, revealed in new figures from ITV. A freedom of information (FOI) request to 152 local authorities in England found that the number of adult day centres had fallen by 41% between 2010 and 2018. In total, 428 day centres were estimated to have closed over the period. “Some of these decisions that are made both at a national and local level can have a real impact on the lived experience of individuals and can make a difference between them seeing their friends or not seeing anyone for weeks on end,” ITV News quoted Sam Dick, from the Campaign to End Loneliness, as saying. Labour MP Barbara Keeley told ITV News that the closures were a “betrayal of older people”, adding “Day care centres are an important part of the wider social care sector, which has been hollowed out by government cuts to the budgets of councils who fund services.”

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  • Health Secretary chooses World Alzheimer's Day to speak out

    Health Secretary chooses World Alzheimer's Day to speak out

    01.10.18 Having omitted to mention dementia since his appointment, health secretary Matt Hancock finally flagged it up as an issue by saying the government was determined to reshape services for an ageing population. Speaking on World Alzheimer’s Day, Hancock said that dementia was the leading cause of death in England and Wales with an estimated economic cost worldwide of more than $1 trillion. Referring to the government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge – a £100m programme to develop new tech for healthy ageing – he spoke about the “incredible innovations” transforming care. He said: “Paro the robotic seal, a marvel of clinically directed animatronics developed in Japan, is being used to engage with people with dementia in care homes across Denmark, Australia and the USA. Meanwhile, Jelly Drops, created by a British engineering student, is a clever way to keep people with dementia hydrated using tasty, super hydrated treats and helps avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.”

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  • E-Newsletter 28 Sept 2018

    E-Newsletter 28 Sept 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include day centre closures and free conversation cards to aid communication. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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