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  • Interesting article in The Daily Telegraph, prompts the question how long do we have to wait till the Government puts more money into social care?

    Posted on January 24, 2012 by Sarah

    A survey by the Commons health committee found that councils were cutting social care budgets by an average of 6.6 per cent while raising charges for services such as home help.
    MPs warned that funding cuts were becoming “more urgent day by day” and said the Government needed to overhaul the social care system and raise [...]

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  • Using Visual Aids Can Help Promote Independence For Those With Dementia

    Posted on January 17, 2012 by Sarah

    Two thirds of Care Home residents in the UK have some sort of cognitive impairment. The quality of Care ranges from excellent to poor. It’s a well known fact that only about 60% of people in Care with dementia are in dementia registered beds.
    The design of a care environment directly impacts on a resident's ability [...]

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  • Dementia Warning Signs

    Posted on November 23, 2011 by Sarah

    I came across this good common sense article, which should be read and digested by everyone with elderly relatives.
    Look out for dementia warning signs, families urged
    By Jane Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News
    820,000 people in the UK have dementia
    Families are being urged to look out for the warning signs of dementia when they visit their [...]

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  • Here is an article about Ellen Langer & her work on the excellent Seniors World Chronicle site.

    Posted on October 18, 2011 by Sarah

    "Those of us lucky enough to grow old must contend with the miserable stereotypes of what it's like: the frailty, the forgetfulness, the early bird specials.
    But in aging, as in many things, attitude can make all the difference. Research has shown that how people feel inside, and their expectations of their capabilities, can have a [...]

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  • Interesting article I Found on Twitter today and thought I would share with you all

    Posted on October 13, 2011 by Sarah

    After spending much time conferring with the general public I have come to the conclusion that a large percentage of people have a hard time understanding the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia.
    Recently, I was thrilled to read an article by Dr. Robert Stern, Director of the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center. Stern simply explained that [...]

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  • Make Meal times more pleasurable

    Posted on August 2, 2011 by Sarah

    Make sure your residents can express their preferences, use pictures and images
    Serve meals in a quiet environment with no distractions.
    Clear the table of everything but basic utensils and dishes; keep dishes plain use one colour.
    Make sure the food isn't too hot.
    Serve only one or two foods at a time, and make every effort to serve [...]

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  • Offering those living with dementia food choices using images

    Posted on July 27, 2011 by Sarah

    Often people living with dementia are not asked what their preference is regarding food and drink.
    Research conducted by Kings University London, show that 80% of people with dementia are able to make choices when prompted by pictures, words or the real thing.
    There is evidence offering people choice enhances their dignity, don’t just give them a [...]

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  • Posted on July 5, 2011 by Sarah

    ALZHEIMER’S disease has to be one of the most feared of the modern generation.
    It was not so long ago that the dreaded “C” word would strike fear into most people. But medical advances have meant there is a cure or at least hope for most sufferers.
    Sadly, not for dementia. It is a disease that chooses [...]

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  • Untreated poor vision in elderly linked to dementia

    Posted on May 17, 2011 by Sarah

    Untreated poor vision in elderly linked to dementia, a  University  of Michagan study shows
    Early treatment of visual problems may delay development of dementia, but many elderly lack adequate vision coverage.
    Elderly people with visual disorders that are left untreated are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease -- the most common form of dementia, according to [...]

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  • Join the Big Walk so the Alzheimer's team can take bigger strides reported by Jennie Baker

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Sarah

    Although no treatments are available yet to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s, if more funding is poured into research the future will be brighter, say experts ahead of a charity walk.
    Alzheimer’s Research UK, based in Great Shelford, funds projects investigating the debilitating condition, which affects 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire alone.
    Dr Simon Ridley, head of research [...]

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