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A specialist judge has expressed concern about the way an elderly woman living in a care home was "covertly" given medication. Judge Peter Bellamy said the use of covert medication had not been subjected to "proper" safeguards. He said the pensioner's relatives had apparently not been involved in making decisions.…
The benefits of the written and spoken word to people with dementia and those who care for them, will be celebrated at the launch of the National Memory Day project in London today, 30 June. The event will also launch what is believed to be the world’s first wiki poem…
Drives to increase the number of people getting an early diagnosis of dementia are "pointless" because there are not adequate support systems in place, leading doctors have said. Top medics have said they are "frustrated" by a lack of fundamental support for their dementia patients. The push to increase diagnosis…
Claims used to promote some supplements for preventing dementia or aiding brain health are not backed up by scientific evidence, according to a report. A panel of experts tasked by the watchdog Which? to investigate the science behind a selection of supplements found "no robust evidence" linking ingredients such as…
To mark Delirium Awareness Week (14 to 21 June), the HSC Safety Forum, part of the Public Health Agency (PHA), and Dementia Together NI, with the support of James Nesbitt, have launched an information video for patients and relatives. Jointly funded by the Northern Ireland Executive’s Delivering Social Change Fund…
Professor Jan Oyebode looks at frontal lobe dementia, what it is, the symptoms and how it affects the individual and carers. John Berry, a founder member of the Beastie Boys, has died of dementia at the age of 52. Berry's father told Rolling Stone magazine that his son died from…
The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded a team of UK scientists a £1.75m grant to study how a specific genetic variant known to increase risk for dementia affects the brain. The researchers – from Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford Universities – are combining their expertise to study how patterns of…
A housing association based in Bathgate has been recognised for going the extra mile to help vulnerable customers by becoming a ‘dementia-friendly’ organisation. Staff at West Lothian Housing Partnership (WLHP) have been working closely with Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Friendly Communities team in Bathgate to learn what they can do to…
Dr Maggie Ellis, Fellow in Dementia Care at the St Andrews University, is spearheading a new initiative aimed at making St Andrews a dementia friendly community. Here she shares with us the background to her work and how her innovative techniques have been helping individuals with dementia and their families…
We all expect to have the right to enjoy life from beginning to end; to have fun, laugh and experience pleasurable, playful moments. But what if we are affected by a disease that adversely affects both memory and our perception of the world? What if this means we can no…
Loughborough academics are developing a new digital tool that will enable risks to the physical and mental health of older people to be detected early, and targeted interventions put in place to prevent further decline. The research forms part of the ‘My Active and Healthy Ageing (my-AHA)’ project, a €4.3…
Manchester, Salford and Manchester Metropolitan universities are teaming up in a new initiative to combat dementia in the region and beyond. To mark Dementia Awareness Week last week, leading researchers from the three institutions meet at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery to open a series of collaborations around a…