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Health Secretary Shona Robison has confirmed the Scottish Government is looking into offering free personal care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia. The wife of late footballer Frank Kopel has spearheaded the campaign calling for the law change in memory of her husband. The former Dundee United and Manchester…
Dizzy spells experienced in middle age when standing up have been linked to an increased risk of dementia. The brief drop in blood pressure that causes the dizziness may result in lasting damage to the brain, scientists believe. A study found that the effect, known as orthostatic hypotension, upped the…
People who suffer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) may have an elevated risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers have linked autoimmune disease to an increased risk of going on to suffer dementia. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disease, from multiple sclerosis…
Charity BRACE has provided funding to University of Plymouth scientists for a pilot study which could find a new drug treatment for dementia Scientists from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) have received funding of more than £58,500 from BRACE, a charity which supports research into Alzheimer’s…
Sleeping for more than nine hours a night could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's, new research suggests. Scientists believe an inability to get out of bed may be a symptom rather than a cause of the brain changes that lead to dementia. For this reason, simply reducing the…
Following family members and former employees raising serious concerns about the standards of care and safety of residents living with dementia in Dunmurry Manor Care Home, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland has announced a formal investigation. Speaking about the investigation, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern…
Almost £1.4 million funding has been awarded to a social enterprise network that brings together unpaid carers of people with dementia. The funding will be used to support carers in Scotland to have a greater say in the day to day issues that affect them and those they care for.…
Comedian David Baddiel has called for the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people to be given more public attention. The 52-year-old, whose father Colin is housebound and receives 24-hour care, has made a television programme exploring the impact dementia has on close family members of sufferers. He…
£100,000 funding has been awarded to Scottish charity MECOPP, to provide legal support to people affected by dementia to help them access their rights to self-directed support. Self-directed Support (SDS) gives people the power to decide how to spend the money or 'budget' that has been allocated to them if…
Scotland's dementia and geriatric wards have recorded tens of thousands of adverse incidents since 2011. Figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives under freedom of information laws show there have been 167,041 such incidents in the past six years. In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, adverse events were found to have…
Council social services bosses are to stop trying to penalise a grandmother who they say has breached orders made in the Court of Protection. Teresa Kirk, of Brighton, East Sussex, hit the headlines earlier this year after she was given a six-month jail term. Lawyers representing Devon County Council had…
An American pensioner with dementia was flown to Britain and left in a car park by his wife and son, according to court documents in the US. Roger Curry was allegedly abandoned in the car park of Hereford bus station on November 7 2015 after travelling from his home in…
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