Dementia

Music all in a day's work at Balhousie Care Group

Patsy from Balhousie Care Group dancing to music

It's not a bad day at work when you spend a large part of it listening to your favourite song tracks. But that's just how Balhousie Care Group employees spent a day recently when they learned the benefits of music to people living with dementia.

Sixteen care home staff from across the award-winning group gathered in Balhousie Monkbarns in Arbroath - one of Balhousie Care's 25 homes across Scotland - to receive their latest training in the popular Playlist for Life, a programme launched by broadcaster Sally Magnusson for use in care homes, hospitals and the community.

Pioneering Dementia Advice Centre launched in Newcastle

The mayor and mayoress of Newcastle in the Dementia Advice Centre

In a bid to ensure effective, coordinated, community-based support for people who have been diagnosed with dementia, a pioneering dementia advice centre has opened in Newcastle.

Designed to provide support and information services for people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers, the Centre, which is the first of its kind on Tyneside, is the result of a campaign led by North East specialist dementia charity, Dementia Matters. 

The Brunswick Village-based specialist day and residential care service provider has partnered with fellow North East charity, Newcastle Carers and sourced funding from The Ballinger Charitable Trust and the Lloyds Bank Foundation, to get the project up and running with additional support from local authorities and the NHS.

Disorientating effect of décor on dementia patients not understood by many

Care home patients with dementia looking at photo album

 Most people are unaware that interior décor can confuse those with dementia.  

Certain décor such as patterned and coloured carpets can cause dementia sufferers to become disorientated and unsettled. 

A recent survey conducted by United Carpets and Beds asked the public how they would adapt a home to suit somebody who was suffering with dementia. 

The results showed that almost a third of the public have no idea how to do this (30%), while a similar number would only think to address obvious hazards such as sharp corners and clutter (30.9%). Other findings included rearranging rooms and buying specialist furniture. 

Only 7.5% said they would consider changing the interior décor of the home. 

The Impact Of Noise On People With Dementia

The Impact Of Noise On People With Dementia

Poor acoustics in a building can have a detrimental impact on people with dementia. Here  we look at some of the effects of noise and how the sound environment can be improved.

How dementia and ageing affects our hearing

As we become older, our hearing is often affected as part of the ageing process  and we lose the ability to hear high frequency sounds. Childen can typically hear or sense sounds at 20,000 Hz, whereas many people aged 85 cannot hear 8,000 Hz and so have lost a huge part of their range of hearing. In a noisy environment it is difficult to pick out speech and understand conversation; this is isolating, increases anxiety and can become distressing.

'Tasty Thursdays' Help make food fun

Avalon nursing home in Bridgwater is providing cooking sessions for residents with dementia as a way of keeping them interested in eating and drinking.

For many people living with a memory disorder eating nutritious meals can become a challenge as cognitive function declines.

This can lead to weight loss and problems including fatigue, a higher risk of infection and less muscle strength and dehydration.

Avalon, run by Camelot Care, has introduced ‘Tasty Thursday’ sessions where individuals can come together to prepare dishes.

“It’s all about having fun with food and helping our residents maintain a positive and healthy attitude towards eating and drinking,” said activities coordinator Lisa Priddice’

Volunteers support dementia friendly Market Square

Volunteers support dementia friendly Market Square

A Chorley care village is welcoming an intake of volunteers to support its dementia friendly Market Square.

The newly recruited volunteers will be leading and assisting with activities, as well as providing support in the purpose-built facilities at Buckshaw Retirement Village, which includes a pub, café, pet shop and hair salon, and a dementia friendly 20-seater cinema. 

Husband and wife volunteers Peter and Patricia Baldwin will be helping with a range of new activities, including model building, group walks, women’s baking, knitting and flower arranging groups, which are part of a wider commitment to provide person centred activities, inclusive of all residents needs, as well as promoting the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.

Overcoming dementia communication barriers

dementia communications

A simple way to overcome dementia communication barriers

A leading care centre in Seaford is keen to share its advice and successes in caring for people with dementia.  Its January top tip for anyone caring for someone with dementia is to use a simple but very effective communication aid. 

Clifden House Dementia Care Centre has implemented the use of simple but very effective communication aides for its residents. These are called ‘Communication Cards’.

Communication Cards are pictorial representations of common emotions and needs, and have proven to be an exceptionally useful mechanism for residents - allowing sufferers to quickly and easily express themselves clearly.

Getting to know a Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Dementia UK Admiral Nurse

Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses provide an emotional and practical lifeline to families living with dementia. We sat down with Matthew Burns who works in and around Wakefield in conjunction with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We talked through his background, the families he supports and developments in post-diagnostic dementia care

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Festive loneliness, living with dementia at Christmas.

dementia at Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, a time of year highly anticipated by most. But sadly, for some of those who are affected by dementia, the festive season can become one of the loneliest times of the year. New research from Alzheimer’s society has found that over half of people affected by dementia find Christmas the most isolating time of the year.

 

New research to investigate whether CO poisoning is being misdiagnosed as dementia

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced it will fund a piece of research looking at the impact of low level carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in older adults and its potential impact on cognitive function.

 

The research, to be carried out by Lancaster University and supported by the West Midlands and Merseyside Fire Services, will gather data on low levels of CO present in homes of older adults and screen their cognitive function and mental health. This research will assist in the understanding of whether low level and long term CO exposure can be a risk factor in neurological disorders such as dementia.

 

Grandad Inspires Entrepreneur to Make A Change.

Ben

Ben Atkinson-Willes founded Active Minds, a company who design and create activities for people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Active Minds work with several care homes across UK and the NHS, Age UK and Bupa. We recently caught up with Ben to find out more about his journey and plans for the future…

The idea started back in 2008 when my grandfather had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for the past 10 years, and I decided to see what I could do to help support him.

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

An East Sussex lady, whose husband Derek resides at Clifden House dementia care centre, completed a dare devil wing walk to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma of dementia.
 
Delia Spindlow, whose husband was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago said “It’s hard when someone close to you has dementia. While my husband is lucky enough to be in the superb care of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre in Seaford, I still wanted to do something to raise further awareness of this debilitating disease. “
 
Delia’s wing walk challenge took place on 23 September and helped raise money for Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance, with the staff at Clifden House donating to the fundraising efforts.

Sunrise senior living and Gracewell Healthcare celebrates three shortlistings at national awards

Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare are celebrating after being named finalists in three categories at the prestigious National Dementia Care Awards 2017.

 

Sunrise of Eastbourne was shortlisted in two categories with Fiona White, the General Manager at Sunrise of Eastbourne, being named a finalist in the Inspiring Leader category in recognition of her ability to effectively support and motivate her team.

 

Sunrise of Eastbourne’s ‘Reminiscence Neighbourhood’ Team also earned their spot as a finalist in the Best Dementia Team category. 

 

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.