dementia

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered training about dementia to students from Sidmouth College

Malden House care home delivered theoretical and practical training about dementia to a group of 15 students from Sidmouth College.

The aim of the sessions  - to give teenagers empathy about what a person effected by dementia goes through.

As part of Dementia Awareness week the college was invited to visit Malden House to work with the staff and residents.

Age Space: an online resource for relatives going through care process

Age Space Annabel James

Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Annabel James, founder of Age Space, about how people caring for elderly relatives were crying out for some more support – and what she did about it.

Eight weeks visiting her mum in the Stroke Unit at Poole Hospital started Annabel James thinking. She felt increasingly isolated and anxious about the decisions that had to be made; not knowing where to find answers – or even what the questions were some of the time. 

As Annabel shared her experience with family and friends it became clear that she wasn’t alone. She then spent a year researching possible solutions which led to her setting up agespace.org  – a one-stop online resource for anyone anxious about or caring for elderly parents or relatives.

Funeral Zone

Funeral Zone

When a person has been diagnosed with dementia, there are many things to think about. It can be an overwhelming time, as people adjust to the news and begin to think about the changes that are likely to happen.

Yet looking ahead, it can also be a helpful and practical step, as the Alzheimer’s Society explains. “Thinking ahead,” it says, “is a good thing to do. It can help you prepare for a time when it may be difficult for you to make decisions for yourself.”

Talking about what happens when we die is not always an easy subject to broach with the people that we love. But it can be comforting for family to know when the time comes, things were just how someone would have wanted.

Tania Plahay on her book: Yoga for Dementia

Yoga for Dementia cover

Care homes are embracing yoga as a method of promoting mindfulness through meditation, as well as improving cardiovascular fitness and reducing depression. Tania Plahay runs a pilot therapeutic yoga programme for people with dementia in care homes and her book Yoga For Dementia is based on the findings from that programme. Tania has a dedicated page to Yoga for Dementia on her website yogafordementia.com. Here, she tells Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan about her book and the benefits of yoga for residents, families and staff... 

 

How does yoga help people living with dementia?

Improving quality of life with dance

Improving quality of life with dance

Recent studies reveal an increasing number of health benefits from dance – particularly for dementia sufferers.

Clifden House, a leading dementia care centre in Seaford, advocates dance as a therapy. Dance, in any form, not only requires physical movement but also involves important cognitive stimulation. The mental and physical coordination required to dance stimulates several regions of the brain.

Nial Joyce of Clifden House said, “Life doesn’t have to stop with a dementia diagnosis. Finding fun and active activities liked dancing is proven to improve well-being and is a great way to take part in light exercise, provide cognitive stimulation and promote social interaction with others.

Misconceptions about dementia are putting lives at risk

dementia clinic emer macsweeney

Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO and medical director at Re:Cognition Health, talks to Care & Nursing Essentials Magazine about the work of the dementia clinic and how misconceptions about cognitive decline can lead to the early signs of Alzheimer’s being missed…

How does Re:Cognition Health support people with dementia? Can you give some specific examples as to the most effective support?

Outstanding rating for home care service

care home hands

Staff at a domiciliary care agency are celebrating after being rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

SweetTree Home Care Services – which is based in Swiss Cottage, north-west London, but provides home and live-in services across the capital – was judged as being well-led and responsive. It was rated good for being safe, effective and caring. The agency provides support to a range of people from the elderly and people living with dementia, to those with brain injuries and learning disabilities.

Cleethorpes to Tackle Isolation Through Sport

sport

A charity which helps older people living with dementia, depression and loneliness through sport has set up a new support group in Cleethorpes.

The Sporting Memories Foundation, which encourages people to share their memories of watching and playing sport, set up the group using funds from HMT St Hugh’s Hospital in Grimsby.

The hospital has made an initial donation of £5,000 as part of its commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the community in North East Lincolnshire.

A little bit of magic at Worcestershire care home

A little bit of magic at Worcestershire care home

The husband of a resident at a Worcestershire care facility has raised more than £5000 to buy a piece of equipment aimed at helping dementia patients to relax and reminisce.

Pete James, whose wife, Nicole, lives at The Hawthorns care home, in Evesham, has used the funds to purchase a ‘magic table’. This new technology uses interactive games to connect people in the mid to late stages of dementia with each other, and with their surroundings, all the while stimulating movement.

Re:Cognition Health launches new Alzheimer's clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health Launches New Clinic in Birmingham

Re:Cognition Health, a leading provider of final phase, international, clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, has launched a new centre in Birmingham.

Located in the Calthorpe Medical Estate, at 100 Hagley Road Road, B16 8LT, the new site will provide access to the very best healthcare and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, whilst pioneering research to ultimately help pave the way to finding a cure for the disease.

Acting now to improve dementia care

Acting now to improve dementia care

By Jill Whittaker, managing director of Connect2Care, discusses how investing in apprentices can help improve dementia care

More than 500,000 people in the UK are currently thought to be living with dementia and this figure is rising year-on-year[1]. In fact, the number of people living with the illness is predicted to increase by an astounding 281% in 2050, compared to 2015 figures[2]. Despite the growing number of cases, it’s estimated that one in three care workers have received no formal dementia training[3].

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

A leading care provider celebrated a right royal occasion earlier this month when it opened its doors to a new £6.74m care facility. 

The Orders of St John Care Trust officially opened its newest home - The Lakes Care Centre - on 20 July in South Cerney, Cirencester. 

As part of the celebrations, HRH The Princess Royal visited the centre and met with residents and employees as she took a look around and found out more about the baking and reminiscence activities at the care facility. 

Princess Anne also met with Mrs Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes, who invited the Princess to see the spacious bedroom and en-suite wet room facilities available to residents. 

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley To Host Regular Memory Café

On Thursday 11th May, Sunrise Senior Living of Mobberley will be hosting a regular Memory Café, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
The Sunrise community is offering this free drop-in service, which will take place on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 am – 12 pm. The Café is open to all who may have concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.

A relaxed combination of activities and memory focused group gatherings will be planned, but the community will also be liaising with attendees to find out what they would like to get out of the meetings.
Some sessions will have a guest speaker from the local area – ranging from dementia and nutritional experts to paramedics and GPs, that can offer advice and answer any questions.

The Sound Doctor answers call for better support for dementia patients

Martina Kane, Senior Policy Adviser at the Alzheimer's Society, is one of several leading figures demanding more support for people living with dementia and those who care for them.
 
Speaking as the BBC reported that dementia is now the leading cause of death, she said: “It is essential that people have access to the right support and services to help them live well with dementia and that research into better care, treatments and eventually a cure remain high on the agenda."