This groups aims to help people to discover information about organisations, whether they are local or national, and to discover how they may be able to help.
For the UK, the following are the facts:
163,000 cases of dementia are diagnosed in England and Wales each year.
£50 million is invested each year into dementia research annually by the government and charities.
50% of the cost of dementia in the UK is met by unpaid carers.
By 2025, 1 million people will be diagnosed with dementia.
The infographic below expands on these summary figures. It is well worth studying in detail.
See Senior Health Memo's link:
Watch live coverage of MPs will take part in a general debate on dementia, on 10 January 2013 from about 11.30am.
The subject has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee.
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Twenty one pioneering research projects to boost dementia diagnosis rates and trial ground breaking treatments have been selected to receive a share of £22million of Government funding, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.
Visiting pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s UK dementia research centre, the Health Secretary emphasised the crucial role of medical research in making breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of dementia, whilst ensuring that research can help people with dementia live well with the condition today.
Department of Health continue:
Dementia affects 820,000 people in the UK with this figure set to increase over the next few years. On October 15th the Dementia Action Alliance, in partnership with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, launched a Call to Action for the improvement of care for people with dementia in Acute Hospitals.
‘How would I know’ offers a range of top tips to help carers and health and care professionals identify whether someone with dementia may be in pain or distress, advice on what may be causing this and a range of possible solutions. It follows on from NCPC’s 2011 publication, Difficult Conversations for dementia, which provides advice on how to talk to people with dementia about their end of life wishes.
Download the leaflet here:
Also added to useful links (Diane)
Much has been made of the poor care the elderly can sometimes experience at the hands of hospitals in the NHS.
Some of the most depressing cases involve dementia patients - as shown in the dossier of "appalling" cases highlighted by the Patients Association a few weeks ago.
BBC News continues:
Send George Osborne a message to think again about cutting funding & putting dementia services at risk
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In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne cut funding to local councils – a decision that will put front line dementia services at risk. We’re asking for your help in sending a message to the Chancellor and asking him to think again.
Cause, cure, care and prevention of all forms of dementia.
"Over the past 20 years we have invested £20 million and completed more than 100 research projects. We have built knowledge of the causes of dementia, improved diagnosis, developed new treatments, provided better care and understood risk factors.
In the next five years we aim to significantly increase our investment in new research, supporting young researchers, translating research into services and creating a better world for people with dementia.
Download our report 'Cause, cure, care and prevention:
A progress report published today gives an update on the first 7 months of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. The report, ‘Delivering major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015: A report of progress’, outlines the aims, achievements and ambitions of the challenge’s 3 champion groups...
Dept of Health continues:
Monday 12th Nov - Riverside (Acton Bridge) Support Group - 1 - 2.30pm.
Tuesday 13th Nov - Community Church, Main Street, Frodhsam - 10.30am - 12 noon.
Monday 19th Nov - Bratts Department Store Cafe, Northwich - 10.30am - 12 noon.
Tuesday 20th Nov - Walking groups differing locations, contact Alzheimer's Society Northwich for latest venue - 1.00 - 3.00pm.
Wednesday 21st Nov - Salvation Army premises, Northwich - 2.15 - 4.15pm.
Please, if you know of any more then by all means add to this list.
Figures show that only 6% of dementia sufferers die at home, and a leading charity has urged that end-of-life care should be more effectively pre-planned to ensure their wishes are fulfilled.
Age UK continue their report:
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The Alzheimer’s Society is carrying out a survey with people living with dementia. The answers to the survey will be used to inform the Society’s report ‘Dementia 2013’ and its work on dementia friendly communities.
To find out more, click the link below:
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Get Into Reading groups are held in a range of settings including care homes, day centres, sheltered accommodation and community settings such as libraries and community centres.The read aloud model allows people to listen to a story or poem, join in with reading and talking, and also simply to have the space and time to relax, to think and to be. In care homes, residents talk about how poetry has had a positive effect on their mood or state of mind.
This guidance was commissioned on behalf of the Department of Health by Claire Goodchild, National Programme Manager (Implementation), National Dementia Strategy.
Via Dept of Health
The Alzheimer’s Society's National Dementia Helpline is now open at weekends between 10am and 4pm, and has a new phone number.
New opening hours
Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Helpline is now open at weekends between 10am and 4pm.
The Helpline weekday opening hours are now 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
We have moved to a new national helpline number - 0300 222 11 22.
Lewy body dementia is a neuro-degenerative disease characterized by the presence of Lewy bodies-abnormal proteins-in certain regions of the brain. LBD has no cure.
Lewy body dementia is the second most common type of progressive dementia, after Alzheimer's disease. LBD has certain features in common with other dementia-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Other names for Lewy body dementia (LBD) include:
dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)
diffuse Lewy body disease
cortical Lewy body dementia
Lewy body variant of Alzheimer's disease.
Taken from Tree's website: