Dementia

“You live with dementia, you don’t suffer it” : Radio 4 – The Doctor’s Dementia

“The Doctor’s Dementia” was broadcast on Radio 4 this Wednesday and it made compelling listening. Don’t worry if you missed it, it’s still available on BBC iPlayer – click the link here for The Doctor’s Dementia and you’ll still be able to listen in full.Reviewing the show for The Guardian, Hannah Verdier explains why listening will(…)

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Getting to grips with some legal questions…

A diagnosis of dementia inevitably raises questions about your future care needs, and how these can best be met. The legal systems that must be negotiated can feel like a real obstacle course, so the need for clear, straightforward information is obvious, yet not always easy to find.Having provided advice to many families trying to(…)

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Investing in social care is the way to save the NHS, says Head of Policy at the Alzheimer’s Society

As the new government settles in, George McNamara, Head of Policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, laments the fact that in the run up to the election neither Labour nor Conservatives were prepared to make significant social care funding commitments. Yet with an estimated 850,000 people already living with dementia – and numbers expected to double(…)

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5 things you should know about dementia

Dementia Awareness Week 2015 ,organised by The Alzheimer’s Society, will take place this year between 17-23 May. The aim of the week, as well as essential fundraising, is to get people talking about dementia, share their experiences, and publicise the society’s all important message that life doesn’t have to stop when dementia begins. To start the ball(…)

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A choir in every care home

Music has the power to engage people the way few other mediums can, and its benefits in the treatment of dementia are becoming ever more widely recognised. Music therapy is already a well established feature in care homes throughout the Unites States, so a new initiative soon to be launched by a UK charity can’t(…)

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Being underweight linked to increased risk of dementia in later life

The sheer complexity and scale of the research needed to gain greater understanding of dementia has been illustrated in a recently published UK based study that seems to contradict the normal advice that being overweight  is universally bad for your health. The study brings into question previous assumptions, and certainly raises a raft of questions(…)

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Author and Dementia campaigner Sir Terry Pratchett dies

Sadly Sir Terry Pratchett, best selling author and tireless campaigner for The Alzheimer’s Society has died aged 66 after suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease for the past 7 years. Following his diagnosis in 2007 he made an early decision to announce it publicly, and since then has worked tirelessly  to raise awareness about dementia in(…)

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