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Taking regular exercise may provide a small benefit for people with early signs of dementia, research suggests. A clinical trial on two groups of elderly people found those who followed an exercise programme saw a small improvement in overall thinking skills compared to those who did not exercise. But the…
High blood pressure - especially in middle age - is linked to dementia, the American Heart Association (AHA) has said in a statement. A review of existing studies led AHA experts to conclude that high blood pressure "disrupts the structure and function of cerebral blood vessels". This leads to damage…
With 20,000 people living with a dementia in Northern Ireland (NI) it is vital that health and social care staff are aware of the needs of the individual and their families and can respond appropriately. The regional Dementia Strategy places particular emphasis on the need for staff training and to…
Colum Conway of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council discusses the value of the framework in setting good practice for people who work in social care in NI. The framework is a useful addition to the development of the skills of the social care workforce. Visit: bit.ly/2de4hfn to find out…
People living with dementia, their families and carers are being invited to join with professionals who support people with dementia in the health service, commercial and third sectors and with experts researching the condition, in a new network of groups across North Wales. The newly established groups intended to provide…
The search for Scotland’s most innovative and ambitious dementia projects is over with six groups from across the country now crowned as winners in this year’s Scotland’s Dementia Awards, at a ceremony held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel at the weekend. Now in its fifth year, the awards programme, a…
The Department of Health have published a revised edition of 'Making a difference in dementia, nursing vision and strategy' which sets out the role and responsibilities for nurses providing care and support for people with dementia. This strategy sets out how nurses can provide high quality compassionate care and support…
Too many care homes are still using a "chemical cosh" to quieten dementia patients despite a Government-ordered review of their use, research suggests. The study from five universities found no overall reduction in the prescribing of antipsychotics to dementia patients in UK care homes between 2009 and 2012. In most…
Tiny particles breathed in and taken into the brain through air pollution could be linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's, research has found. Experts have discovered the presence of magnetic nanoparticles, which have previously been associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, in the human brain. But,…
Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, is to give a keynote speech at an event focusing on dementia. The University of South Wales (USW) is hosting the #USWDEM16 Conference on September 14 at its Treforest Campus, when Mr Gething will be just one of…
Background: Improving dementia care quality is an urgent priority nationally and internationally. Life story work (LSW) is an intervention that aims to improve individual outcomes and care for people with dementia and their carers. LSW gathers information and artefacts about the person, their history and interests, and produces a tangible…
A simple blood test is being developed that can predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease in people with poor memory. British scientists have identified a set of protein biomarkers that appear to show if a person is likely to be diagnosed with the condition. They hope further work will lead…
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