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World’s first wiki poem devoted to dementia

World’s first wiki poem devoted to dementia

May 17 2017

The world’s first wiki poem devoted to dementia – with its first line composed by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion – has been published on National Memory Day. 

A helping hand for overwhelmed carers

A helping hand for overwhelmed carers

May 15 2017

More than half of people (60 per cent) who care for a loved one feel ‘overwhelmed’ by their responsibilities – with nearly a fifth (18 per cent) saying they feel overwhelmed ‘all the time’.

Making the most of Easter when you care for someone with dementia

Making the most of Easter when you care for someone with dementia

April 13 2017

Easter is a special time for many families; the chance to spend four days together is a rare treat for many and, for those caring for a loved one with dementia, it offers the opportunity for some fun activities that also increase health and wellbeing.

Treating epilepsy in later life

Treating epilepsy in later life

March 27 2017

The highest rate of first seizures occurs in new-born babies and those over the age of 65. But while paediatric services provide gold-standard facilities for children with epilepsy, treating people in later life often remains more of a challenge.

Is loneliness contributing to our nation’s poor health?

Is loneliness contributing to our nation’s poor health?

February 27 2017

The recent announcement that MPs have launched a commission to tackle the ‘silent epidemic’ of loneliness across the UK in honour of the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox has bought this subject firmly back into the spotlight.

Dementia in rural communities

Dementia in rural communities

January 17 2017

New research carried out by Plymouth University looks at the impact of dementia in farming and farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives.

Did the festive season make you worry mum is developing dementia?

Did the festive season make you worry mum is developing dementia?

January 6 2017

After every festive season, social services departments across the country see a sharp spike in call numbers. People call with concerns about the wellbeing of older loved ones having spent time with them at Christmas. Debra Fox, Care UK’s dementia lead, looks at how to tackle the sense of rising concern.

There is good news among the statistics

There is good news among the statistics

December 28 2016

Last month saw the publication of a report from the Office of National Statistics that reveals dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are now the biggest causes of death in England and Wales, the level of recorded deaths rising by a fifth in a single year and overtaking heart disease.

Keep it special, keep it simple

Keep it special, keep it simple

December 23 2016

Christmas dinner is seen as the most important meal of the year. This puts a great deal of pressure, real or imagined, on the cook, especially for those not used to cooking large meals for a tableful of guests. Add in a guest with dementia and it could all seem too much.

How to make a home dementia friendly

How to make a home dementia friendly

November 14 2016

Dementia takes away many of the things we take for granted. It’s not just about being unable to remember things, dementia also affects co-ordination, the ability to recognise objects and being able to understand and interpret surroundings.

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