Dementia

Dementia & Depression - 6 ways to boost mood

It’s widely recognised that those living with dementia are more prone to depression. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression in the UK affects around 22 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged 65 and over.

While one in five people in the UK experience depression at some point, Alzheimer’s Society says that depression is more common among those living with dementia. It estimates that 20-40 per cent of those with dementia may have depression.

Award-winning brain health experts, Re:Cognition Health, who are conducting clinical trials into groundbreaking drugs to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, are keen to raise awareness of how living with dementia can affect mental health.

A person with dementia may feel depressed due to:

Care Home has ambitions to raise dementia awareness

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A Glasgow care home has given invaluable training to parishioners and Sisters of a local church to help raise further awareness of dementia. 

Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home, on Saracen Street, ran a training session at its dementia cafe which was attended by the Sisters of the Church of St. Teresa of Lisieux, the local community and relatives of the home’s residents.

The ‘Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care’ training programme was run by Craigbank Home Manager Pauline Hunter. It provides an insight into recognising the initial signs and symptoms of the disease as well as allowing those attending to be better equipped, more confident and offer a more personal approach in their interactions with anyone who has been diagnosed.

Why it’s important to talk about end-of-life care

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Contemplating the final days of life can be a depressing if not taboo subject for some. Yet it’s an important issue and one worth facing sooner rather than late raccording to SweetTree Home Care Services, experts in palliative care.

For many people living with a diagnosis of dementia, the daily challenges can be enough to contend with. However, it’s important to start thinking about the type of care you would like in the future, especially the care you would like to receive towards the end of your life.

Care homes group proudly announces dementia care awards finalists

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Healthcare Homes Group is proud to announce that two homes have been announced as finalists of the 2016 National Dementia Care Awards.  Joe Ballard from Home Meadow in Toft is a finalist in the 'Dementia Care Personality' category, while Overbury House residential home in Wroxham is a finalist in the Best Dementia Interior Design category.

A judging day took place on 10th October in London with all finalists and the winners will then be announced at a gala reception in Brighton on 3rd November.

The National Dementia Care Awards celebrate the very best people in Dementia Care highlighting excellence in all parts of the sector and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.

Camelot Care strikes gold for quality

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A Wellington care home dedicated to providing the best possible care for all of its residents right up until the end of their lives, has been recognised with a major national award, and has been shortlisted for a national ‘Care Home Of The Year’ award.

Camelot House and Lodge were among 50 homes from across the UK to achieve the success in winning a Quality Hallmark Award for the first, second or third time from the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Centre, the UK’s largest provider of training in end of life care. Staff from the home will receive the award from Ian Turner, Chairman of the Registered Nursing Home Association, at a special ceremony in London on 30 September.

Top tips to safeguard against Dementia

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Award-winning cognitive health clinic Re:Cognition Health is passionate about changing the future of dementia, the only cause of death in the UK that is still on the rise.Re:Cognition Health’s esteemed clinicians offer their tops tips to help safeguard against developing dementia and brain diseases. There is currently no cure for dementia, however by incorporating these simple lifestyle tweaks into your daily routine, you will improve your brain function as well as protect it in later years.

1. DIET

What is good for the heart is good for the brain

Leading charity urges preparation plan for new dementia treatments

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Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is calling for an urgent plan for managing how new medicines are brought to patients, in a report that highlights several obstacles it fears could delay delivery of the next wave of dementia treatments. The report, Treatments of Tomorrow: Preparing for breakthroughs in dementia, outlines a number of challenges and pressures in England’s healthcare system that may pose problems for the roll-out of disease-modifying treatments for dementia. The charity argues that as research continues to make progress, these challenges should be tackled now to pave the way for future scientific advances that could improve treatments and care.

Daring duo bungee jump off Tees Transporter Bridge

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A DAREDEVIL duo leapt off the Tees Transporter Bridge to raise funds for Ingleby Care Home.

Holly Walker, a carer at the home, and Paul Salter, the son-in-law of a resident, both took part in the charity bungee jump.

The 160ft high leap raised £480 for a new sensory garden at the home, on Lamb Lane in Ingleby Barwick.

The money will go towards fragrant flowers and interactive garden furniture, which has proven therapeutic for the home’s residents who live with dementia.

Holly said: “I can’t believe I jumped off the Transporter Bridge. It was such an amazing feeling and the craziest thing I have ever done in my life.”

Village approach to dementia care adopted in Falkirk

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A Falkirk care home is raising the bar across the country in its support for people with dementia as it officially opens an innovative ‘village’ for its residents. 

Bupa’s Newcarron Court Care Home on Ronades Road is using the project to create a flourishing social hub that aims to provide unique benefits for its residents living with dementia.

The village concept is made up of a working post office, greengrocer’s, ladies’ boudoir, wildlife area, library and children’s area, developed within the home’s garden space, all of which are specifically designed to help those living with dementia to connect with past memories.

Active Minds Launches Innovative Multi-Sensory Reminiscence Product

Active Minds Launches Innovative Multi-Sensory Reminiscence Product

Dementia activity company, Active Minds, launch a first-of-its-kind reminiscence activity incorporating sound and smell for people with mid- to late-stage dementia

As dementia progresses it can become increasingly hard for carers to provide appropriate games or activities for people living with dementia, particularly in the later stages. Spotting a gap in their product list, dementia activity specialists, Active Minds, decided to create Scentscape, a unique multi-sensory reminiscence activity designed especially for people with mid- to late-stage dementia.

10 essential top tips for dementia carers

Re:Cognition Health is passionate about changing the future of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and recognises National Dementia Carer’s Day on 11th September as an important awareness day to celebrate the amazing job undertaken by the estimated 670,000 dementia carers in the UK.

Re:Cognition Health’s Content Director Christina Macdonald shares her top tips to help care for someone with dementia, after her experience of caring for her mother who had vascular dementia.

1) Enlist a support crew – You can’t do it on your own so enlist the support of trusted friends, family and neighbours and accept help when it is offered, even if you think you won’t need it straight away.

Technology experience reflects reality of dementia

Technology experience reflects reality of dementia

An innovative dementia care home in Seaford has introduced a virtual reality (VR) experience to help staff and families understand more about what it’s like to live with dementia. 

The specialist dementia care centre, Clifden House on Claremont Road, has invested in ‘A Walk Through Dementia’ experience, developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK. This VR program is designed to simulate three everyday situations - a trip to the supermarket, a busy street and time at home – all of which pose challenges for someone with dementia.image11_0.jpg

Silvercrest announces £1 million investment in dementia care

Silver crest announces £1 million investment in dementia care

Care home operator, Silvercrest Group, has announced expansion plans starting with a £1 million investment into the opening of a new bespoke dementia care home in Wales.

Established in 2014 by Dr Bikram Choudhary, Silvercrest operates homes across South Wales, from Pontypridd to the Swansea Valley. Its latest addition will be the 33 bed Ty Nant care home in Williamstown which will generate 50 new jobs this Autumn.

Dr Choudhary, Chief Executive of Silvercrest, said: “We are investing £1 million in a new bespoke dementia care facility at Ty Nant, which will provide a much needed service in this part of Wales.
 

‘The future – Alzheimer’s disease without dementia’

‘The future – Alzheimer’s disease without dementia’

 

• Award-winning brain health experts, Re:Cognition Health, are optimistic that having Alzheimer’s disease will not necessarily mean suffering from dementia symptoms such as memory loss and confusion

• Fresh hope as breakthrough drug available now in final phase international clinical trial in UK has been developed to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

• Ideally, people diagnosed in later life may NEVER experience symptoms of memory loss and confusion

Innovative care training puts resident’s needs first

Innovative care training puts resident’s needs first

The largest ever staff training programme is underway at leading Hull-based dementia care specialist Hica Group. 

More than 1,000 employees across 20 care homes in the Hull and East Riding area are set to receive fresh and enhanced training. 

Initially this investment involves training the entire senior operational team in advanced methods of dementia care to ensure skills are embedded within the organisation, ensuring managers are qualified to train future employees. 

Going the Extra Mile to Fundraise

Going the Extra Mile to Fundraise

Two sisters have made strides towards securing an even brighter future for Bield Flexicare users thanks to their fundraising efforts. 

Clare Mcintyre and her sister Jane Grattan recently took part in the Edinburgh Half Marathon raising £520 for a charity which is very close to their heart, Bield’s Fife Flexicare service in Dunfermline.

As keen runners they finished the scenic run, which passes by some of Edinburgh’s must-see sights including Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park, in just over two hours. 

Clare said, “It was tough but great fun, running alongside my sister for such a great cause in such a stunning location is something I definitely won’t forget. 

Spotlight on Light Therapy for Residents of Care and Nursing Homes

Spotlight on Light Therapy for Residents of Care and Nursing Homes

We all know light is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. Insufficient exposure to bright daylight adversely impacts our quality of sleep and awakening as well as our mood and energy. Residents of care and nursing homes are often unable to get outside making them vulnerable to light deprivation; a brightly lit room only provides about 500 lux (a lux is equivalent to the light emitted by one candle at one metre) while a clear summer’s day in the UK can deliver up to 50,000 lux. 

How does light therapy work? 

Word up for scrabble fan Jo

Word up for scrabble fan Jo

A self-confessed Scrabble fanatic from Ceredigion is spelling out her support for charity with a sponsored match to raise money for people with mental health problems.

Jo Styles who lives at Caeronnen supported living service in the seaside village of Llangrannog has been taking on support staff on behalf of the charity MIND.

The 69-year-old former driving instructor loves nothing better than taking on all-comers with her astonishing mastery of words.

Said Katie Owen, who leads the team at Caeronnen: “Although Jo needs practical help and guidance to lead the life she chooses, she is nevertheless an unbelievably intelligent lady and pretty much knows everything about everything.

Active Minds Launches Innovative Multi-Sensory Reminiscence Product

Dementia activity company, Active Minds, are launching a first-of-its-kind reminiscence activity incorporating sound and smell for people with mid- to late-stage dementia

As dementia progresses it can become increasingly hard for carers to provide appropriate games or activities for people living with the later stages of the condition. Spotting a gap in their product list, dementia activity specialists, Active Minds, decided to create Scentscape, a unique multi-sensory reminiscence activity designed especially for people with mid- to late-stage dementia that launches this  on 20th July.