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A clinical trial is to find out whether cheap, readily available drugs can prevent dementia after stroke. Two charities, the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer's Society, are working together to test the approach. Over three years, a team led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw (pictured) at the University of Edinburgh will…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
A pioneering new golf project that enables people to continue enjoying their golf when diagnosed with dementia is set to launch in Scotland. With the support of Life Changes Trust and Mearns Golf Academy, Golf In Society will be piloting golf days that keep people living well at their local…
An elderly widower who was diagnosed with dementia after his wife was hit by a car said discovering the latest technology has given him a new lease of life. David Stace (pictured) said he will never forget the moment he saw Pamela, his beloved partner of more than 40 years,…
Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that the 20% most deprived adults were 50% more likely to develop dementia…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
Three Court of Appeal judges have refused to allow journalists to name a pensioner who is in the "end stage" of dementia and has been at the centre of a dispute in the specialist Court of Protection. Lady Justice Arden, Lady Justice Sharp and Lord Justice Peter Jackson have upheld…
Thousands of dementia patients are being taken to hospital because of a fall, a new study has found. Researchers tracked 8,000 people living with dementia for more than two years and found that 31% suffered a fall which led to them being admitted to hospital. Meanwhile 18% suffered from a…
Tawel Fan ward, an older people’s mental health ward in the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan was closed in December 2013 following concerns being raised about the quality and safety of care provided on the ward. The Health Board had undertaken internal investigations resulting in some staff…
A new inquiry into the care of dementia patients on a troubled mental health ward in North Wales has been branded a "whitewash" after it said there was no institutional abuse. The findings of an in-depth investigation into the treatment of patients on Tawel Fan ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital…
The Welsh Government is demanding that a problem-plagued health board makes further improvements to services following the publication of a report into the closure of a hospital ward for dementia patients. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said he wants Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales to increase the pace…
Anxiety among the middle-aged could be linked with dementia later in life, researchers have said. An analysis of existing data found an association between moderate to severe mid-life anxiety and future incidence of the neurological disorder, according to research published in journal BMJ Open. The authors, from the University of…
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