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  1. Content Article
    Each report seeks to increase the number of people living with dementia with a diagnosis by: reducing regional variation in diagnosissupporting those from an ethnic minority community to access a diagnosisincreasing diagnosis for people residing in a care home or hospital setting.The reports set out a roadmap in how to achieve this change. But a diagnosis is not done in isolation. It requires all health and social care professionals involved in dementia care to recognise the symptoms of dementia and to initiate the process to diagnosis, which itself facilitates access to vital care and support
  2. News Article
    New research has emerged that may be able to diagnose dementia after a single brain scan. Scientists have begun testing a new artificial intelligence system that could identify the condition and predict predict whether it will remain stable for many years, slowly deteriorate or need immediate treatment. Prof Zoe Kourtzi, of Cambridge University and a fellow of national centre for AI and data science The Alan Turing Institute, said "If we intervene early, the treatments can kick in early and slow down the progression of the disease and at the same time avoid more damage". Rea
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    My Dad was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's when he was 57 years old. He's now 62. For the past 3 years he has been experiencing hallucinations of some kind. He’d often talk to ‘people’ who weren’t there, or go off and ‘play’ with them. We’d join in, to make Dad feel more comfortable. When he was living at home with us, we never flagged these symptoms to his GP. They didn't seem to cause Dad distress, and we knew it was a symptom of his Alzheimer's. But now he's in a care home and the staff are concerned that these hallucinations are causing him, and other residents, some distress.
  4. News Article
    Tens of thousands of people with dementia are taken to hospital each year for emergency admission because inadequate social care has left them unprotected from infections, falls and dehydration, an investigation has found. There has been a 27% increase over a four-year period in avoidable illnesses and injuries caused by failures in care for those living with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. “This news comes just under a week after the Queen’s speech frustratingly made only a brief mention of the prime minister’s promise nearly two years ago to deliver a clear plan for
  5. News Article
    Nanotechnology could be used to test blood for evidence of Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms appear, researchers have said. Scientists used nanotechnology to extract previously unseen blood signals of neurodegeneration in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. They say tests that capture early signs of neurodegeneration in blood offer enormous potential for those who suffer from the disease, as well as dementia patients, to receive effective treatment or manage their progressive condition before significant brain damage occurs. Alzheimer’s disease can currently be diagnos
  6. Content Article
    Where possible, both the person with dementia and their carer should be closely involved in decisions about the person’s treatment and should be shown their care plan. Alzheimer's Society suggests that the following questions may help with discussions: Why is the person being prescribed an antipsychotic? Which symptoms is the drug meant to be helping with? Have possible medical causes of their symptoms (such as infection, pain or constipation) been ruled out? Can non-drug approaches be tried first? What can I do as a carer to help? Do you need to know more about the per
  7. News Article
    A woman with dementia was effectively left housebound for the last eight years of her life due to surgical delays, an investigation found. The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales said the individual worried about being "caught short" due to incontinence and it affected her family relationships. Her son complained about the care she received at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire, in particular. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has since apologised to the family. Ombudsman Nick Bennett said it was clear there was "significant injustice" in the case of the individual, who w
  8. News Article
    More than 34,000 people with dementia are estimated to have died from coronavirus in the UK since the start of the pandemic, according to new figures. The condition has been identified in just over a quarter of all deaths due to COVID-19, partly due to the large number of deaths in care homes. Nearly 12,000 care home residents have died since January alone. A coalition of charities, including Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK, John's Campaign and Together in Dementia Every Day (tide), are now calling for introduction of universal social care – free at the point of use like the NHS – a
  9. Content Article
    The pandemic has had a devastating impact on those living in care settings, particularly on people with dementia. During the initial wave of the pandemic (between March and June 2020) over a quarter of people who died from COVID-19 in England and Wales had dementia, making it the most common pre-existing condition associated with COVID deaths.[1] In addition to this, the imposition of restrictions to slow the spread of virus has had a particularly detrimental impact on the mental health, cognitive abilities, and physical wellbeing of people with dementia.[1] Recently there has been emergi
  10. News Article
    A dementia charity is seeking a judicial review of the government guidance on care home visits. John's Campaign says many care homes in England are still refusing regular face-to-face visits, often essential for people with severe dementia. Dr Angela McIntyre, a retired doctor backing the campaign, has not seen her 92-year-old mother since March. A Department of Health spokesman said: "We know limiting visits in care homes has been difficult for many families." He added: "Our first priority is to prevent infections in care homes, and this means that visiting policy should still
  11. News Article
    Relatives of care home residents with dementia should be treated as key workers, leading charities say. In a letter to the health secretary, they write that the care given by family members is "essential" to residents' mental and physical health. They argue the current limits on visitors have had "damaging consequences" and they want visits to resume safely, with relatives given the same access to care homes and coronavirus testing as staff. Signed by the bosses of leading charities including Dementia UK and the Alzheimer's Society, the letter calls on the government to "urgentl
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