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].

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

Coordinator appointed for specialist dementia friendly market

A specialist nursing home has appointed an expert coordinator for its dementia friendly Market Square.
The Lodge, which is based within the award-winning Buckshaw Retirement Village, Chorley, appointed coordinator Chris Durnan to oversee operations of its ‘Market Square’ which is designed especially for older residents and those with dementia.
Facilities within the Market Square include a 20-seater cinema, the Pet Shop, a pub, café, bakery, hair and beauty salon and a music relaxation lounge.
Chris, who is 33 and from Chorley, has worked in the care industry from the age of 16, working his way up to management level while also gaining a diploma in dementia studies from Bradford University.

Pupils take part in scheme to help understand dementia

Pupils with resident

Residents and staff at Camelot Care’s Freshfields Nursing Home in Plymouth are looking forward to taking part for the second time in the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community.


Part of Reminiscence Learning, a West Country-based charity that aims to promote, maintain and improve activity and education by working with people with dementia, the Archie Project is a unique intergenerational awareness-raising project created to reduce the stigma and fear associated with the word dementia.


Cinemas across the UK recognise world Alzheimer’s month

Cinemas across the UK will be recognising World Alzheimer’s Month this September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.


The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners are making film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, will offer safe and welcoming experiences.


The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager of Film Hub Wales explains:

Watford care home welcomes its youngest ever Dementia Friend

Dementia Friend

Staff at The Chase Care Centre in Watford have welcomed their youngest ever ‘Dementia Friend’.


In early August, 10-year-old Kai Roberts, who lives in Wales, went to the home to visit his Nanny, Jo Mosses, who manages the home.  Whilst visiting, Kai quickly demonstrated his natural, caring demeanour with residents, many of whom live with dementia.


On his first day at the home, Kai saw that one of the residents was becoming distressed.  He quickly sat with her, calming her down by reassuring and speaking to her before staff took over. What was a one-off visit to see his Nanny became the start of a week-long work experience visit as Kai came back to The Chase each day. 


County Council recognise premium dementia care at Chesterfield homes

dementia award

PREMIUM dementia care has been officially recognised at two Derbyshire care homes by the local authority.


The Dementia Standard Award has been awarded to Chesterfield’s Holmewood Care Home and Springbank House Care Home by Derbyshire County Council.


The homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, had to pass an intense inspection process and have already won the Derbyshire Health and Adult Care Dignity and Respect Award.


The Dementia Standard Award is not a statutory requirement for those offering dementia care and homes must choose to participate.


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. 

Designing for dementia

Oliver Buchan, LuxLab®, discusses the important lighting considerations for care facilities and improving the comfort of dementia patients.


When designing a facility with dementia patients in mind, it is very easy to talk exclusively about the provision of light in terms of practicalities, but there is so much more that good lighting addresses. In a dementia-friendly setting, the lit environment has the ability to reduce disorientation, confusion and falls by revealing forms within the space. It can also increase social interactions, optimism, attention span and independence by delivering a stimulating visual field.


Community invited to visit new state-of-the-art residential and dementia care home in Bournemouth

Dorset residents are being encouraged to take a look around a new purpose-built 80-bed care home which opened in Bournemouth last month.

Great Oaks residential, nursing and dementia care home, based in Poole Lane, is managed by Encore Care Homes. It opened on Tuesday June 26 following a successful Quality Care Commission (CQC) inspection.

Ian MacDonald, care home manager, will be on-hand to talk to visitors at an open day being held on Thursday July 20 from 10am to 2pm. People will be able to meet the care home team including nurses and carers, and take a tour around the facilities of the building, which is set among a private woodland setting.

Dementia is a killer –  but many people don’t know it is fatal  

Dr Emer MacSweeney

New survey reveals:

• Almost half of Britons don’t realise dementia is a fatal disease

• British adults are more concerned about having Alzheimer’s or developing dementia (38%) than cancer or heart disease combined (31%)

• 87% believe early detection of dementia can make a difference to their future health BUT awareness of symptoms is severely lacking so people are in the dark on what to look for


Bring back pick-your-own memories

Strawberry picking

A trip to Halberton Court Farm near Tiverton brought back some happy memories for a pensioner who is living with dementia.

Ian Spreadbury visited the farm, along with fellow residents, as part of an activities programme organised by Camelot House and Lodge in Wellington, Somerset,

“Our aim is to keep people as active as we can and to get them involved in tasks to help stimulate their minds,” said activities co-ordinator Richard Dempslake.

“We knew Ian used to love going strawberry picking when he was younger and hoped it would jog his memory about days gone by. 

“It was wonderful to see him enjoying himself. He immediately took charge, telling me what to pick and which fruits were ripe and which were not.

LloydsPharmacy and Unforgettable Bring Active Minds Products to the High Street in UK First


Active Minds is the first award-winning dementia activity company to have their products launch in national pharmacy, LloydsPharmacy.

Active Minds’ partner, have secured a deal with LloydsPharmacy to sell dementia products in their stores across the UK, making LloydsPharmacy the first major high street retailer to stock products suitable for people with dementia. The carefully selected Active Minds products will be available in from 50 LloydsPharmacy and 9 Betterlife from Lloyds Pharmacy stores.

Videos online to help sufferers and carers of dementia

The sound doctor

This morning, BBC Breakfast, reported that Alzheimer’s sufferer, Sion Jair, self manages his condition*, proving that such a devastating diagnosis doesn’t mean your life is over; an approach The Sound Doctor strongly supports and advocates through their online library of 40 films full of practical advice about getting the best out of life with dementia.

Sion walks every single day, not just to keep his body active, but also his mind. He hopes that by staying active, his dementia will be kept at bay for longer.

World-class films produced by The Sound Doctor and supported by Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, are available to the public online.

A heartfelt account of a parent’s dementia diagnosis

Rik & Steve

Newhaven resident Richard Hewson, 78, was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. His son Steve describes the effect that this diagnosis had on his family.

“We noticed a change four years ago,” says Steve, 54. “Subtle things like when he received birthday cards he’d place them upside down on the mantelpiece. He’d also pretend to have read them when he hadn’t and he’d attempt to read an upside down newspaper.

“One day my mum, Maureen, was waiting at the bus stop with him and decided to pop into the bank for a minute, leaving dad at the bus stop. When she returned he’d disappeared. It turned out he’d just got on the bus - without her or a ticket.”

Teesside elderly enjoy trip to cinema during Dementia Awareness Week

Teesside elderly enjoy trip to cinema

A DEMENTIA friendly screening of classic 1956 musical The King and I was shown in Middlesbrough as part of national Dementia Awareness Week.

The rare big screen showing of the five-times Oscar winning film took place at Cineworld Middlesbrough.

The screening was held to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, which takes place from Sunday to Friday, 14th to 19th May.

The audience included residents, carers and activities coordinators from three Teesside care homes, including:

• Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick

• The Beeches Care Home, Green Lane, Newtown

• The Gables Care Home, Highfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Tips on caring for people with Dementia

Chesley Court

Chelsea Court Place, the UK’s first premium memory care residence with 24-hour nursing and memory day club, has observed some very positive and encouraging results with members and residents through the innovative care techniques employed.

The industry-leading team of Dementia trained carers and nurses at Chelsea Court Place understand that each case of dementia is different, as is the person and therefore the approach to caring for each individual cannot be one-size- fits-all.

The care team at Chelsea Court Place comprises highly experienced and compassionate dementia- trained sta , handpicked by the industry-leading senior management team for their ability and excellence in their field.

Four Seasons Health Care and Active Minds partner on activities products for people with dementia

Health Care

Four Seasons Health Care, the UK’s largest independent elderly care provider and a leader in dementia care, is partnering with Active Minds, award-winning specialists in designing activity products for people with dementia. They plan to collaborate to develop innovative new activity products. Four Seasons will also introduce a full suite of current Active Minds activity products into more than 300 of its care homes and will monitor how this improves the day to day experience for people living with dementia.


Luxury retirement village supports mental health awareness week

retirement village

Staff at a luxury retirement village in Chorley organised a ‘Walk for Change’ in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. 


Residents, the team and friends of the award winning Buckshaw Retirement Village came together for a stroll around the village to raise awareness of mental health. The walk, which was organised by activity coordinator Alison Evans, was also used as an opportunity for those taking part to socialise.

Sandra Livesey, from Lancashire Care NHS, joined the strollers alongside her colleagues who explained the need to raise awareness of mental health issues and the benefits of social wellbeing to the group.

Cognitive stimulation therapy is the only proven non-drug treatment for dementia

Aimee Spector

Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May) recognises the fact 850,000 people in the UK live with a form of dementia and there is no cure. It’s now the leading cause of death in the UK and while new medications are being tested to find a cure, there’s very little to help those already living with the condition, other than medications to help manage the symptoms. However, a proven non-drug therapy is now available to those with mild to moderate dementia.