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  1. 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
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    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
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    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. News Article
    The government is facing criticism over its guidance on safe visits to care homes in England. Labour and a number of charities have described the suggestions, including floor-to-ceiling screens, designated visitor pods and window visits, as impractical. Alzheimer's Society has said it "completely misses the point". Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the guidance was "non-exhaustive". The updated government advice, which came into effect on Thursday, says care homes - especially those which have not allowed visits since March - "will be encourage
  7. News Article
    An NHS trust has offered an unreserved apology to an elderly patient and his family after they accused hospital staff of restraining him 19 times in order to forcibly administer treatment. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust admitted that care for the man, who has dementia, “fell far short” of what patients should expect. The 77-year-old had been admitted to the William Harvey Hospital last November for urinary retention problems, according to a recent BBC investigation. In February, The Independent revealed that a police investigation had been launched into an a
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    Recommendations The NHS and local authorities must set out how they will involve social care providers and care homes in winter pressure planning to ensure that social care is placed on an equal footing with the NHS, and that their situation is understood, accounted for and supported. This must include the provision of regular and timely testing and PPE. National UK governments must guarantee that where care was stopped due to coronavirus precautions (particularly domiciliary care), it will be reinstated when deemed safe, without the need for unnecessary further formal assessment.
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    Contents of this booklet: Why does it happen? Ways to support the person Think about unmet needs Understanding the person's health needs Changing daily life
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    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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    What can I learn? Safety risks associated with dementia How to approach safety with a loved one Preventing wandering In-home dementia safety tips Nutrition: healthy eating tips to overcome dementia challenges Driving with dementia: safety tips Traveling with dementia: safety tips How to keep your loved one safe from scammers Other helpful resources on dementia safety
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