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Virtual reality app provides unique insight into life with dementia

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Jun-16)

An innovative new smartphone app is offering people an insight into what it is like to live with dementia. The ‘A Walk Through Dementia’ app created by Alzheimer’s Research UK and VISYON provides users with an immersive insight into.....

Yoga for Alzheimer's initiative aims to raise vital funds for Alzheimer's research

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (03-Jun-16)

Yoga enthusiasts and beginners alike are being invited to participate in a new national event launched by Alzheimer’s Research UK in order to help raise vital funds for dementia research. Yoga for Alzheimer’s.....

Dementia board game sparks conversation across generations

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-May-16)

In the early to mid-stages of dementia, lapses in memory and episodes of confusion may begin to affect the way in which a person communicates with their family and friends. Feeling frustrated, helpless,.....

Student photography project offers unique insight into life at a dementia memory café

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (24-May-16)

Memory cafés provide an important facility for thousands of people living with dementia across the UK. Often run by volunteers, they can cater for any number of people living with dementia, including those with different stages of.....

Health+Care Show: 'It's more important than ever for care providers to share best practice'

Sue Learner, Editor (23-May-16)

Care home providers have been hit by social care funding cuts, the national living wage and tougher CQC inspections. This is why it is more important than ever for people in the care sector to come together and look at how they can.....

Graduate invents 'smart' walking stick to help people with Parkinson's

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (18-May-16)

The granddaughter of a man with Parkinson’s has invented a ‘smart’ walking stick that could help thousands of people living with the condition. Neha Shahid Chaudhry was inspired to create the ‘smart’ walking stick to improve the.....

There 'will always be a need' for care homes despite current trend towards supported living

Sue Learner, Editor (12-May-16)

A leading support provider for people with learning disabilities has suggested “there will probably always be a need for bespoke residential environments”, despite the current trend towards supported living. Supported.....

Filling a care void: Countless lives saved by ending hospital discharge delays

Angeline Albert, News Editor (29-Apr-16)

Older people across the UK are dying in hospital because far from getting better, their health takes a nose dive the longer they are away from home. Physiotherapist Andy Powell is cutting the rate of decline.....

Sex 'taboo' leaves people with disabilities 'desexualised' and 'institutionalised'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (29-Apr-16)

One of the biggest challenges faced by care staff is ensuring that the needs of the person they’re caring for are met when care is being delivered. However one of the greatest challenges faced by people with disabilities is communicating.....

Care home resident visits 90 care homes during 1,400 mile bikeathon around England

Sue Learner, Editor (27-Apr-16)

Terry Keen, who lives in an Anchor retirement housing scheme, has embarked on a 1,400 mile bike ride through England, collecting signatures on a card he plans to deliver to Buckingham Palace for the Queen's 90th Birthday. His.....

'My wife found me in bed shaking and blamed my boss' but it was early onset dementia

Angeline Albert, News Editor (27-Apr-16)

Ex-train driver Tommy Dunne worked his way up the corporate ladder to become a rail compliance manager of 19 people and still remembers the day his Alzheimer’s revealed itself. He was at a business meeting with.....

Care sector pays tribute to 'passionate' and 'inspiring' care personality

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (27-Apr-16)

On 17 April, care personality Annie Sinnott passed away unexpectedly in hospital after decades of providing support, inspiration and encouragement to families, friends and care staff at The Old Vicarage in Leigh, Dorset and across.....

Intergenerational art project breaks down barriers between young and old

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Apr-16)

Alive! is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people by enabling participation in meaningful activities. Paint Pals, an intergenerational art project developed by Alive! in 2011,.....

Care home workers 'can be traumatised by residents' deaths' yet are often not given vital support

Sue Learner, Editor (20-Apr-16)

Care home workers can form strong bonds with residents and can be deeply affected when they die. However, despite caring for some residents for years and being ‘traumatised by residents’ deaths, care home.....

To have the Care Workers Charity 'tell me I don’t have to face the hard times alone was unforgettable'

Sue Learner, Editor (19-Apr-16)

There are around two million care workers in the UK caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Care work involves early starts, long hours and can be physically and emotionally demanding and when that is coupled.....

Poetry Pen Pals gives voice to people living with dementia

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Apr-16)

The number of people living with dementia in the UK alone is expected to reach one million by 2025. For older people and those living with dementia, sharing poetry can improve quality of life through cognitive stimulation, social.....

Food fragrance plug-in stimulates appetite and reduces malnutrition in older people

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (22-Mar-16)

With more than 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and with numbers expected to rise to 1.7 million by 2051, dementia has become a major health concern in the UK. Recognising the potential to.....

Older people tell their stories about love lost and lived: 'It wasn’t until she died my happiness died'

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Mar-16)

A group of Londoners aged from 75 to the age of 95 have been telling their stories of when they fell in love and the difference it made to their lives. These fourteen people took part in Love Lived, a collaborative project, combining.....

People needing long-term care tend to choose a care home or home care unaware there is a third option

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Mar-16)

Residential care and home care are often thought to be the only two options available to people needing long-term care. However there is a third option that is rarely talked about – live-in care which is becoming increasingly popular. Scott.....

Sex in care homes: Satisfying the sexual needs of residents

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Mar-16)

Sex is not just a past time for the young, it is for those considered well ‘past it’ and although people over 70 and 80 have active sex lives, many feel the care home sector is not keeping up with their needs. One.....