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Latest news and opinion from the team at Care UK.

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.

Positive drug trial raises hopes in the fight against dementia

Positive drug trial raises hopes in the fight against dementia

September 23 2016

Latest research has raised hopes of a major breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.It revealed that a drug has been developed which can remove amyloid protein from the brains of people who are in the early stages of the disease.

How to help someone with dementia have a happy holiday

How to help someone with dementia have a happy holiday

August 9 2016

Everyone needs a break. A change of scenery or environment can do a world of good and that applies to people who are living with dementia too. However, holidays can be a stressful time for someone with the condition – and for those caring for them.

Green space and gardens are good for our health

Green space and gardens are good for our health

July 28 2016

A report produced by the Kings Fund on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme has found that gardens and gardening are very good for us.

How technology is aiding dementia care in remote areas

How technology is aiding dementia care in remote areas

July 25 2016

Assistive technology is the name given to gadgets and pieces of equipment that help vulnerable people or people with disabilities to live their daily lives.

Research links smoking to dementia

Research links smoking to dementia

July 6 2016

Research shows that smoking could be bad for our minds as well as our health, with the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), saying that smoking causes conditions which can lead to dementia in later life.

BBC treasure trove helps spark memories and conversations

BBC treasure trove helps spark memories and conversations

June 17 2016

As we all know, reminiscence is a powerful tool for enhancing and increasing wellbeing in people living with dementia. Things that re-awaken memories give us insights into a person’s interests and, in the case of loved ones, enable us to reconnect with a lost part of our shared history.

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