Customer Services - 020 7104 2000
Your basket is empty
Select Delivery Region:
Subscribe

Search

  • Young dementia 'Personal Checklist' to record symptoms

    Young dementia 'Personal Checklist' to record symptoms

    05.08.20 The Young Dementia Network, a YoungDementia UK initiative, has launched a Personal Checklist endorsed by Alzheimer’s Research UK, Dementia UK and YoungDementia UK. Created at the suggestion of a person living with young onset, it is designed for anyone who has concerns about the signs and symptoms of young onset dementia. It is not a diagnostic tool but is intended to be used as a checklist which individuals can use to record symptoms they - or a family member or friend - may be experiencing so as to aid discussion with their GP. Go to www.youngdementiauk.org/personal-checklist

    Read More

  • Welsh study finds frequency of outbreaks unaffected by discharges

    Welsh study finds frequency of outbreaks unaffected by discharges

    04.08.20 A study by Public Health Wales appears to contradict the view that hospital discharges to care homes led to coronavirus outbreaks among residents. According to the BBC, more than 1,000 patients were discharged without tests to care homes in Wales in the early stages of the pandemic, but the study suggests that the type and size of care home was a contributing factor to the spread of the virus rather than the discharge process itself. “Outbreaks were more likely in larger homes, and those with nursing and specialist dementia care provision,” said Public Health Wales. But it added that, after adjusting for the size of the home, “there was no additional frequency in the number of outbreaks occurring in care homes following discharges when compared to no discharges.” The study was conducted among care homes in south-east Wales.

    Read More

  • MHA frustration as test kit withdrawal hampers visits

    MHA frustration as test kit withdrawal hampers visits

    03.08.20 Safety issues with one brand of coronavirus test kits have forced their withdrawal and prevented families from visiting residents. Swabs in Randox kits have been found “not up to standard” and care homes using them will be unable to ensure that visits are safe until replacement kits have been sourced. Care provider Methodist Homes (MHA) voiced frustration that it had been without routine testing for residents and staff for more than two weeks because of safety issues with Randox tests. MHA chief executive Sam Monaghan said: “For a few weeks it felt like we could start to re-introduce some semblance of normality back into our homes, welcoming back health visitors, outdoor socially distanced visits where it was safe to do so and awaiting the green light from local public health for more family contact. We are now heading into our third week of no testing for the majority of our care homes following the Randox debacle and we understand it will be weeks before it is rectified."

    Read More

  • Lancet Commission highlights three new dementia risk factors

    Lancet Commission highlights three new dementia risk factors

    01.08.20 Three new risk factors for dementia have been identified in an update to guidance here from the Lancet Commission on dementia risk reduction. The new risk factors are excessive alcohol consumption, head injury and air pollution, adding to the nine risk factors originally identified in 2017. By modifying lifestyles where possible up to 40% of dementia could be prevented or delayed. “Our report shows that it is within the power of policymakers and individuals to prevent and delay a significant proportion of dementia, with opportunities to make an impact at each stage of a person’s life,” said the report’s lead author Professor Gill Livingston from University College London. “Interventions are likely to have the biggest impact on those who are disproportionately affected by dementia risk factors, like those in low- and middle-income countries and vulnerable populations…

    Read More

  • Social care could be brought under NHS control, report suggests

    Social care could be brought under NHS control, report suggests

    31.07.20 Social care could be brought under the control of the NHS, a story in the Guardian suggests. Under Downing Street plans apparently briefed to the newspaper, David Cameron’s former policy chief Camilla Cavendish would be brought in to shake up social care, and the NHS would be given a sizeable budget increase to £150 billion. But local authorities, currently responsible for social care, would be likely to fight the proposal which would see them lose a massive chunk of their budgets.

    Read More

  • E-Newsletter - 31 July 2020

    E-Newsletter - 31 July 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include frustration as test kit withdrawal hampers visits, the Public Accounts Committee report accusing the government of a "slow, inconsistent and at times negligent approach to social care" and a pioneering music therapy project. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

    Read More

  • E-Newsletter - 24 July 2020

    E-Newsletter - 24 July 2020

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include new research on isolation as a risk factor for dementia and the latest on coronavirus. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

    Read More

  • Learning from the pandemic for future models of care

    Learning from the pandemic for future models of care

    31.07.20 A discursive article in the International section of the Economist says a lesson from the pandemic is that most people should be helped in their own homes as they age. In the world’s richer countries nearly half of all deaths from Covid-19 have happened in care and nursing homes, it says, even though less than 1% of people live in them. “The problem is not only that the residents’ age makes them particularly vulnerable, but also that their living arrangements created opportunities for the virus to spread,” the Economist argues. “Countries with fewer care homes have had fewer Covid-19 deaths, all else being equal. The number of care home beds explains 28% of the variation in death rates among European countries and 16% among American states, according to a study by Neil Gandal and colleagues at Tel Aviv University.”

    Read More

  • Lockdown isolation causes shocking levels of decline

    Lockdown isolation causes shocking levels of decline

    30.07.20 Results from a survey by Alzheimer’s Society suggest a shocking level of decline for people with dementia during lockdown. Of almost 2000 respondents affected by dementia, 82% reported a deterioration in people with dementia’s symptoms including increased memory loss, difficulty concentrating and the ability to do daily tasks like cooking and dressing. With almost a third (29%) of people with dementia also reporting that the pandemic has had a negative effect on other aspects of their physical health or underlying conditions, the charity fears a further tragic loss of life, especially in the event of a second coronavirus wave. Alongside the coalition, One Dementia Voice, the charity is calling for family carers to be seen as equal partners in care and prioritised for testing so they can visit loved ones with dementia in care homes.

    Read More

  • Lifetime achievement award for nurse behind 2008 dementia strategy

    Lifetime achievement award for nurse behind 2008 dementia strategy

    30.07.20 A leading light behind the 2008 National Dementia Strategy for England, independent consultant nurse Dr Gwyn Grout, has been awarded the prestigious Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Award for her exceptional contribution to the welfare of older people. She is the first nurse to have won the British Geriatrics Society award and has been active across the older people’s mental health field. Among other things she was instrumental in developing the Advanced Clinical Practitioner curricula in frailty and mental health for Health Education England. “I am flattered beyond belief to receive this wonderful accolade,” she said. “As a nurse reaching the end of my career, it fills me with great pride to be honoured in this way, especially during the Year of the Nurse and as we remember the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.”

    Read More