Dementia friendly Calamity Jane screening for Teesside’s elderly


TEESSIDE’s elderly enjoyed a dementia friendly screening of classic 1953 musical Calamity Jane at a Middlesbrough cinema.

Cineworld Middlesbrough showed the film as part of the town’s growing provision for those living with dementia.

Residents, carers and activity coordinators from three Stockton homes attended the film, including:

• Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick

• Mandale House Care Home, Acklam Road Thornaby

• The Beeches Care Home, Green Lane, Newtown.

‘Five a day’ keep dementia away, say researchers

fruit and veg

Having at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit daily might help prevent dementia in older adults according to a study published today in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed the cognitive status of 17,700 dementia-free older adults for 6 years. The objective was to investigate whether those consuming at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits daily, in line with the World Health Organisation recommendation, were at a lower risk of developing dementia. 

Early-onset dementia – one couple’s story

Colin & Jane

Colin Ward was a healthy 52-year-old when he proposed to his partner Jane. Less than 18 months after their wedding, Colin and Jane’s lives were turned upside down when Colin was given the diagnosis of vascular dementia - at just 56 years old.

Colin’s health started deteriorating almost immediately after their wedding. In 11 months, his condition had declined to such an extent that Colin lost his job as a taxi driver and was unable to walk unaided. Colin now lives with wife Jane (50) at home in Hailsham with occasional respite stays at Clifden House, a specialist dementia care home.

Pupils help nursing home residents take a trip down memory lane

St Budeaux pupil Sophie with Freshfields resident Jim

Youngsters from a Plymouth primary school have struck a chord with residents at a local nursing home for people with dementia.

The group, from St Budeaux Foundation School, sang war-time favourites including ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’ to a delighted audience at Freshfields in Agaton Road.

It was the pupils’ third visit to the home as part of the Archie Project that links schools with people with dementia in the community.

“The moment they started singing, residents’ faces really lit up. It was really magical to see,” said Freshfields’ activities’ co-ordinator Paul Hutt.

“For many of our residents, it took them back to when they were young and helped rekindle some of the lovely patriotic war-time spirit of the era.”

Lifestyle tweaks to help defend against dementia


Award-winning cognitive health clinic Re:Cognition Health is passionate about changing the future of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of death in England and Wales and the only cause that is still on the rise.

While there is no cure for dementia, there is hope with promising final phase clinical trials and progressive research. Re:Cognition Health’s esteemed clinicians are cautiously optimistic that by incorporating simple lifestyle tweaks into your daily routine, you may be able to improve your brain function as well as protect it from decline in later years. 


Making 2017 a 'dementia friendly' year

Clifden House dementia care centre

An East Sussex care home has made an unusual New Year’s resolution. It has pledged that all its staff members will become ‘dementia friends’ this year, to help make the local area a dementia friendly community.
Clifden House dementia care centre in Seaford has joined Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative that helps people learn about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that knowledge into action. 

NACC launches training workshop to improve the mealtime experience for those living with a dementia

NACC Training

The National Association of Care Catering, NACC, has launched a dedicated training workshop to support the care sector with the challenges of catering for people living with a dementia, while helping to enhance their life quality. 

Delivered by Dr David Sheard, the CEO and founder of Dementia Care Matters and respected expert in the field, the one-day training workshop will teach care caterers and providers how to look beyond the serving of food and turn mealtimes into beneficial, meaningful experiences.
The first training workshop took place on 1 December 2016 at Aimia Food Limited in Haydock, Merseyside, and the second is on Friday 3 February 2017 at Brakes in Covent Garden, London.

Alzheimer's Advance



Breakthrough findings demonstrate a possible target and potential drug treatment to restore memory loss and extend life span in mice with neurodegeneration.


“We have treated mice with a new type of drug, and found that these drugs can not only improve symptoms of brain degeneration, such as cognitive decline, but can also extend the life-span of these terminally-sick mice. Our study opens up avenues for researchers to look at new drugs that treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and also slow disease progression”

Professor Andrew Tobin



Maidstone care home wins dementia care award

A care home in Maidstone has been recognised for its innovation and creativity in supporting residents living with dementia.  Ashley Gardens care home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, was the recent winner of ‘Ladder to the Moon’s’ quarterly Outstanding Activities Competition, in recognition of their work to engage with residents in fun and creative ways.

‘Ladder to the Moon’ supports social care organisations in delivering outstanding dementia care by developing creative environments. Staff at Ashley Gardens are working with the organisation to further their commitment to finding new ways of engaging with their residents, particularly those living with dementia.

Building a career in Dementia care

Shanie Kerswill; Frances, who lives at Freshfields; and Jade Smith

Specialist dementia-care providers Camelot Care have received a letter of thanks and a certificate to celebrate their continuous support as an apprenticeship employer from Plymouth-based training provider Achievement Training. 

The two apprentices currently working at Freshfields Nursing Home in St Budeaux have both achieved their NVQ Level 2 in health and social care and are now working towards their Level 3 qualifications.

Jade Smith started her apprenticeship with Camelot Care in June 2015, and Shanie Kerswill began hers in March 2016.

MHA launches fundraising campaign to address ‘Music Therapy gap’


World-renowned piano makers Steinway & Sons joined forces with MHA to host launch event at Steinway Hall, London

MHA has launched its fundraising campaign for its ground breaking Music Therapy treatment for people living with dementia.  This treatment has been proven to seriously alleviate the symptoms of dementia for people living with dementia (whether suffering or carers), yet figures from MHA show that only one in 1,000 dementia patients are exposed to this therapy. 

To address this gap, MHA has embarked on its largest ever fundraising campaign dedicated to Music Therapy. This aims to raise funds to pay for more therapists, both in order to treat more people living with dementia, and to support them over longer periods of time. 

Better Understand People With Dementia

People With Dementia

Dementia: through their eyes offers guidance on how to deliver person centred care to people whose lives have been affected by dementia. Providing people with practical tips on communicating, eating well and improving wellbeing plus advice on assistive technology and creative therapies. It provides the reader with a compelling, informative and easy to understand resource, helping people better understand how to communicate and care for people with dementia.

Click here to find the resource.

Young and old make special memories

Mansfield Rotary Club’s first female president has brought young and old together for an afternoon of memories and fun at West Nottinghamshire College this week.

Cate Hunt took up her role this year as the club’s first female president in its 88 year history. She retired from West Nottinghamshire College this summer after 17 years’ service, leaving her latest role as advice and student support service manager.

Shortly before her retirement, avid walker Cate walked the coastline of Jersey to raise funds. She successfully trekked the 48.1 miles in 14 hours 13 minutes and proudly raised £830, which Cate wanted to put to good use in the community.

Creativity and the dementia friendly church

people living with dementia

Charity explores approaches to support people living with dementia

The role of using creative approaches in developing dementia friendly churches was the subject of an event yesterday, by national disability and community engagement charity – Livability

The event drew together church leaders, community workers and carers to discuss the vital role that churches can play in supporting people living with dementia. 

‘We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living with dementia,’ says Charlotte Overton-Hart – a Livability Associate involved in organising the day.

Benzodiazepine and related drug use increases hip fractures in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

The use of benzodiazepines and related drugs increases the risk of hip fracture by 43% in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The hip fracture risk was investigated in community-dwelling Finnish persons with Alzheimer’s disease. The results of the study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Staff help make a special birthday for David

A residential care and support service near Ringwood in Dorset, has helped a man in the final days of his life to enjoy a special 50th birthday with friends and family.

Staff at Northfields House in Poulner organised a party for David shortly before he died in July at the property where he had lived for since 2011.

David, who had a learning disability, was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 which affected his intellectual functioning and mobility.

Karen Freeman, service manager at Northfields run by care provider Regard, said her team were determined to ensure David could enjoy the celebrations.

“We had planned on having a big 50th birthday bash for David but he became very poorly in the last few months of his life.

1.2m older people don’t get the social care they need

The number of people in England who don’t get the social care they need has soared to a new high of 1.2 million – up by a staggering 48% since 2010, according to analysis by Age UK.

The charity finds that since 2010, 383,900 more people aged 65 or over are now living with some level of unmet need. It means nearly 1 in 8 older people are struggling without the help they need to carry out essential everyday tasks, such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, washing and getting dressed.

A major concern is that more than 696k older people get no help at all.

Owls volunteers create dementia friendly care home garden

 teenage volunteers

THE OWLS National Citizenship Service (NCS) has created a dementia friendly garden at The Laurels and The Limes care home in Sheffield.

Dozens of teenage volunteers, aged between 15 and 17, from the Sheffield Wednesday NCS visited the home over several weeks to carry out for the work.

They spruced up garden furniture, built a bird bath, added flower beds and a bench, and created areas for birds to nest so the residents could enjoy the local wildlife.

Dawn Newman, Home Manager at The Laurels and The Limes, on Manchester Road, said: “We can’t thank the volunteers enough for giving up their time to help revamp our garden and make it an even more enjoyable environment for our residents – especially those living with dementia.

More information needed to support sight loss and dementia



MORE resources and training are needed to assist families and professionals who enable people with both sight loss and dementia to engage in meaningful activity, according to research released by sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust (1) today.