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  • New app aims to link musical memories with care tasks

    New app aims to link musical memories with care tasks

    12.09.18 A musical app is being developed for people with dementia in a partnership between Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham, North Wales, and Manchester Metropolitan University. The tablet app, which it is hoped will trigger musical memories, is the brainchild of business development expert Gordon Anderson, who is working on it with Stuart Cunningham from the university. They believe that music played by the app will act as a cue for people with dementia to perform tasks like getting dressed and taking medication. Anderson chose Pendine Park because he said it had championed the use of the arts in social care for more than two decades. “We hope to see a real and measurable improvement in the mood of residents who use the app, and a much happier care environment within the home,” he said.

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  • Leading young onset dementia charity celebrates 20th anniversary

    Leading young onset dementia charity celebrates 20th anniversary

    11.09.18 Young Dementia UK, the Oxfordshire-based national charity supporting people with young onset dementia, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the past year it has supported 1300 people in Oxfordshire and the charity says its national activity has “increased substantially”. For example, membership of the Young Dementia Network, which aims to improve young onset services across the UK, has grown by 150% to nearly 1600 members and has produced a decision-making guide for GPs to speed up onward referrals. Young Dementia UK is partnering JDC for the Young Dementia Annual Conference in Birmingham on 20 September.

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  • 'Suffering in silence' in hospital

    'Suffering in silence' in hospital

    10.09.18 Significant numbers of people with dementia in hospital are suffering in silence and experiencing pain without being able to communicate it to healthcare professionals. Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that more than a third of people with dementia and delirium in hospital may be unable to say how they are feeling. Around 40% of people in acute hospital wards have dementia, say the researchers, and many of them may be in pain which they cannot communicate. “Almost half of people admitted to hospital over the age of 70 will have dementia,” said Dr Liz Sampson from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at UCL which carried out the research. “It’s deeply troubling to think that this vulnerable group of patients are suffering in silence, unable to tell healthcare professionals that they are in pain.”

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  • E-Newsletter  7 Sept 2018

    E-Newsletter 7 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 research on communication and pain in hospital, a new report on incontinence, and the 20th anniversary of YoungDementia! It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Eye imaging may detect Alzheimer's before it happens

    Eye imaging may detect Alzheimer's before it happens

    07.09.18 Images of the eye may be a way to detect whether someone is going to develop Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have suggested. A study of 30 adults by Washington University used eye imaging to discover that 14 of them had biomarkers for preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. None of them had shown any sign of dementia before the research. Dr Doug Brown, Alzheimer’s Society chief policy and research officer said “Although well conducted, this study was very small, including only 30 people who were studied over a very short amount of time. And without confirming that any of the people with preclinical Alzheimer’s actually went on to develop the disease, we would need to see this carried out on a much larger group over a longer period of time to draw any firm conclusions.”

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  • Look out for the latest JDC - Sept/Oct issue out now!

    Look out for the latest JDC - Sept/Oct issue out now!

    06.9.18 And look out for the latest issue of the Journal of Dementia Care, packed as ever with news, views and informative articles. A huge variety of content in the new September/October issue of JDC includes our panel of experts commenting on young onset dementia, MP Debbie Abrahams explaining why her parliamentary inquiry into disability rights and dementia is so important, and Debbie Sells and Alan Howarth setting out their therapeutic framework for understanding and treating behaviours that challenge in dementia. And there’s much more besides!

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  • Handbook on coping with dementia wins prize for excellence

    Handbook on coping with dementia wins prize for excellence

    05.9.18 Veronika Ambrozova has been awarded the Edie Adams Prize 2018 for her handbook entitled “Coping with dementia: Addressing the needs of everyone involved”. The prize is given annually by Alzheimer Scotland and the University of St Andrews to recognise excellence in dementia information and support literature emerging from the university’s psychology of dementia care course. The course, run by Dr Maggie Ellis, involves creating an evidence-based advice handbook for its main assessment. Ambrozova said: “When Maggie told us that we would create a handbook for people with dementia and their caregivers, I became very excited about this because I realised the impact it could have in real life. www.alzscot.org/assets/0003/0942/Winning_handbook_2018.pdf

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  • Book now for UKDC while early bird rates still apply!

    Book now for UKDC while early bird rates still apply!

    04.09.18 Plan to go to the UK Dementia Congress (UKDC) this year? Bear in mind that the early bird discounted rate for admission ends on 7 September. UKDC, which takes place in Brighton from 6 – 8 November, is a great opportunity to learn and draw inspiration from experts in the field. Among the many speakers will be national clinical director for dementia Alistair Burns, Professor Dawn Brooker from the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies, and independent nurse consultants Hazel Heath and Lynne Phair who will be talking about sex, sexuality and intimacy in care homes. And there's a huge amount more in the programme. UKDC programme here www.careinfo.org/ukdc

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  • Major funding boost for Meeting Centres across UK

    Major funding boost for Meeting Centres across UK

    03.9.18 Major new funding will support communities across the UK to establish their own Meeting Centres, local resources offering warm and friendly expert support to people living at home with dementia. The funds were awarded to the University of Worcester by the Big Lottery Fund, which has given the university’s Association for Dementia Studies a £587,000 grant towards its Meeting Centres Support Programme. Two pilot Meeting Centres in Droitwich Spa and Leominster were part of a University of Worcester research programme, which found strong evidence that people attending them experienced greater self-esteem and happiness as a result. A UK-wide national reference group will be established with the Big Lottery grant, which the university said “would have the voice of people affected by dementia at its heart”.

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  • E-Newsletter 31.08.18

    E-Newsletter 31.08.18

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include new funding for Meeting Centres and new research on eye imaging to detect Alzheimer's. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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