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A large number of patients are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to after a dementia diagnosis, a charity has said. New analysis by charity Age UK found that thousands of people with the condition do not have a current care plan - a document which sets out…
Dementia care for elderly people living in care homes is improved by just one hour of social interaction each week, a study suggests. A large-scale trial found that increasing the amount of social interaction improves quality of life when combined with personalised care, and also saves money. Previous research has…
People with diabetes experience higher rates of long-term cognitive decline, new research suggests. The study also found that worse control of blood sugar levels, whether someone is diabetic or not, could also lead to a decline in brain function later in life. The research builds on previous data linking diabetes…
Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life, new research suggests. A study of elderly people found those who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11 years younger than those who never or…
More than 1,400 people with dementia who are well enough to go home will be stranded in hospital on Christmas Day, the Alzheimer's Society said. Charity bosses blamed a lack of social care funding for "turning wards into waiting rooms" as their investigation revealed dementia patients were delayed up to…
People with dementia and their carers were special guests at a unique event about how art, music and food can improve the lives of people with the condition. ‘Stimulating all the senses: art, food, music and dementia’ took place at the University of West London’s (UWL) Ealing campus on Monday…
A new study on dementia has found how damage spreads through the brain by "jumping" between cells. Scientists used new technology to discover key chemicals disrupting brain cells in a common type of the condition. Tissue from people with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) showed protein builds up in vital…
Bill Gates said he is giving 50 million US dollars (£38 million) to help fight Alzheimer's disease. The Microsoft co-founder said the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation. The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks…
Blood-thinning drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people suffering from irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A study found that patients being treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) were less likely to develop dementia if they were taking anticoagulants. Their risk was reduced by up to 48% compared…
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, remains the leading cause of death in England and Wales, figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the condition accounted for 12% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the…
The UK's dementia 'hotspots' have been revealed in interactive maps. They show the regions most affected by dementia, with coastal towns and areas popular with retired people featuring heavily in the list. Christchurch in Dorset has the highest prevalence of dementia per head of population at 28 cases per 1,000…
The winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 have been announced at a ceremony held on World Alzheimer’s Day, last week, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. The Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the SSSC, sets out to recognise the incredible difference that…
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