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  • E-Newsletter  15 Feb 2019

    E-Newsletter 15 Feb 2019

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the Government's new care recruitment initiative and plans for a new "discovery crucible" and care village in Newcastle. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • New digital tool will reduce dementia risk by identifying delirium

    New digital tool will reduce dementia risk by identifying delirium

    22.02.19 A new digital tool being introduced to hospitals in England under the NHS long-term plan is designed to help professionals diagnose delirium and thereby reduce the risk of dementia. According to the NHS, one in eight hospital patients suffers from delirium, making them unsteady on their feet, prone to falls and more vulnerable to dementia onset. A pilot scheme in Salford found that the tool, which involves a symptoms checklist on a handheld device, increased the correct diagnosis of delirium by 34%. All patients over 65 were screened on admission to hospital, enabling a fast response to any delirium symptoms. When they are not treated quickly, patients can expect extended hospital stays and are more likely to be admitted to a care home.

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  • Government care recruitment campaign 'not enough' to tackle crisis

    Government care recruitment campaign 'not enough' to tackle crisis

    21.02.18 A new campaign launched by the government to fill 110,000 adult social care job vacancies “will not be enough on its own to tackle the dementia care crisis,” Alzheimer’s Society has said. Policy director Sally Copley made the remarks as the government said its “Every Day is Different” campaign aimed to attract new people with the right values to the sector and increase interest in adult social care as a vocation. The campaign will run during February and March through social media, digital and local radio advertising, outdoor posters and events across England. But Alzheimer’s Society said the campaign to begin finding the 650,000 extra workers who will be needed by 2035 did not go far enough.

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  • Dementia Research Institute recruits care research lead

    Dementia Research Institute recruits care research lead

    20.02.19 The new Dementia Research Institute (DRI), the flagship project launched with £250 million in government and voluntary sector funds, is looking for an associate director to lead its care and technology programme. DRI head Bart de Strooper said he was casting the net wide: “There is enormous potential when we bring together people from outside the field and get them to work hand in hand with those with a deep knowledge of dementia, whether that be clinicians, professional experts or people living with dementia,” he commented. The DRI’s care and technology programme has a £20 million budget and aims to push the boundaries of research. More info HERE.

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  • 'Citizen enablement' to replace 'social care?'

    'Citizen enablement' to replace 'social care?'

    19.02.19 The term “social care” carries heavy overtones of passivity and could be replaced with a term like “citizen enablement,” suggests Philly Hare in a blog for the website Social Care Future. While people with dementia can “recover voice, control, identity and a place in their relationships and communities,” she says, “the very phrase ‘social care’ ties us up in knots.” “It carries heavy overtones of passivity, of being ‘done to’ and ‘cared-for’, of tasks not processes, of institutions not relationships... So how about reframing social care as something like ‘Citizen Enablement’? For the blog, click HERE.

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  • Alzheimer’s Society launches physical activity and family carer guides

    Alzheimer’s Society launches physical activity and family carer guides

    18.02.19 Alzheimer’s Society has teamed up with Sport England to produce a dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide. It is intended for personal trainers, coaches and others involved in leisure centres, sports clubs and gyms, showing them how to help people with dementia lead active lives and remain independent for as long as possible. The guide may also be useful for physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Sport England and Alzheimer’s Society are calling on the sports sector to dismantle the barriers preventing people affected by dementia from engaging in physical activities. The free guide is available HERE

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  • Alzheimer's map provides 'huge opportunity' for researchers

    Alzheimer's map provides 'huge opportunity' for researchers

    15.02.19 A dataset described as the “biggest ever map” of the human Alzheimer’s brain has been produced by a research team led by Manchester University. It maps the relative levels of over 5,825 distinct proteins across six regions of the brain, showing how they vary from levels in the normal brain. Dr Richard Unwin said: “The database provides a huge opportunity for dementia researchers around the world to progress and to follow up new areas of biology and develop new treatments. Alzheimer’s disease arises in the hippocampus and spreads through pathways in the brain. By looking at different parts of that pathway, the team were able to observe for the first time how Alzheimer’s progresses in more detail.” More info HERE

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  • 'Budget' wifi service launched to establish connected care homes

    'Budget' wifi service launched to establish connected care homes

    14.02.19 Wireless internet specialist Vital Wifi has launched a service called SeniorConnect, a dedicated wifi service for care homes. The company says the service provides 100% coverage, includes a guide for care home owners titled “The Connected Care Home”, and is suited to organisations on a tight budget. SeniorConnect provides easy and safe access to internet services for residents and their families, according to the company, as well as delivering connectivity for critical care home services. “Two recent surveys reveal that wifi is top of the agenda when it comes to lifestyle priorities for those looking for a care home. This wouldn’t be so remarkable if it wasn’t for the fact that most care homes don’t offer wifi: only 1 in 5 do so according to Citizens Advice,” said Joe Burnell, director of Vital Wifi.

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  • Numbers leaving work to care for older relatives rise

    Numbers leaving work to care for older relatives rise

    13.02.19 More than 600 people quit work every day so that they can look after older and disabled relatives, according to the charity Carers UK. New research from the charity reveals that 2.6 million people overall have left their jobs for this purpose, 468,000 of whom have stopped work in the past two years. It represents a 12% increase since the last poll in 2013. Carers UK said the findings also indicated that working people spent more time caring for relatives than previously thought – almost five million workers now juggle their job with caring, up from three million in 2011. Helen Walker, Carers UK chief executive, said: “Better workplace support for people juggling paid work with caring for a loved one is becoming an increasingly important issue, with a growing need for employers to improve flexibility and, with an ageing population, support people to keep working for longer, contributing to better productivity.”

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  • Open online course for supporting people with advanced dementia

    Open online course for supporting people with advanced dementia

    12.02.19 Family carers and health care professionals have collaborated with Newcastle University researchers to develop a free online course on supporting people with advanced dementia. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which launches on 18 March, aims to help family carers as loved ones approach the end of life, although the university said it would also be useful for health and social care practitioners. The three week course – “Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses” – is intended to help learners understand dementia as a progressive illness, plan for the future, ensure quality of life and comfort, and recognise their own needs. More info HERE

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