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How funny is dementia? Comedian David Baddiel sees humour in his dad's condition

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Sep-16)

‘My Family - Not the sitcom’ is a hugely ‘disrespectful celebration’ of the lives of comic David Baddiel’s father Colin, who has a rare form of dementia, and his late mother Sarah. “Calling up their.....

Travel charity 'rekindles interest in life' for people with disabilities

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Sep-16)

Going on holiday is something most people take for granted. Yet for those with disabilities or people who are very ill, a trip to the shops isn’t easy, so a holiday abroad can be a logistical nightmare. There.....

Being one of CQC’s Experts by Experience 'tugs at the heartstrings' and plays 'crucial role in raising standards'

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Sep-16)

Being an Expert by Experience for the Care Quality Commission enables care home residents and their families to have a voice and play a ‘crucial role in raising standards’. Experts by Experience are people.....

Care & Dementia Show 2016 will give valuable insight into lives of people with dementia

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Sep-16)

The Care & Dementia Show, the UK’s largest care home event, is set to change attitudes this year by offering visitors a chance to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour. The Tour which is being used to train.....

For people with dementia, a doll acts as an 'anchor in ever-changing sea of uncertainty'

Sue Learner, Editor (02-Sep-16)

Dementia doll therapy is becoming increasingly popular in care homes in the UK, yet it is important to note that not everyone living with dementia will engage with or even benefit from doll therapy, according to dementia doll therapy.....

Care home creates touching memorial garden to ensure residents are 'never forgotten'

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

Reminiscence is the recall of memories and events from the past and can be part of a person-centred approach to caring that improves the well-being of older people and those living with dementia. Reminiscence.....

'Outstanding' care centre highlights importance of creative activities and hen-keeping in care homes

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (01-Aug-16)

The benefits of creativity and hen-keeping in care settings have been highlighted in a Gateshead care home's 'Outstanding' report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The dementia assessment centre, Shadon House,.....

Care Home Idol changes perceptions showing 'caring and loving care homes'

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Jul-16)

carehome.co.uk, the leading care home review website, has launched Care Home Idol 2016. This popular talent contest was set up back in 2013 to reveal the warmth and fun in many care homes and showcase the.....

Care home laundry manager learns Filipino so she can talk to resident

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Jul-16)

Being a laundry manager of a care home is not just about washing clothes and bedding, reveals Joyce Jolley, laundry manager at Charlotte House care home. She is also a confidante to many residents saying: “I have a little chat with.....

Care home shooting: 'I trapped the gun between us with my chest' says manager

Angeline Albert, News Editor (12-Jul-16)

These are the words of Julie Curtis, moments after Ronald King fatally shot his wife in the head and approached her with a gun pointed under his chin. It was the morning after Boxing Day at De La Mer House in.....

Goodnight Gladys: Britain's oldest person dies in care home

Angeline Albert, News Editor (11-Jul-16)

Britain’s supercentenarian Gladys Hooper has died at the age of 113 and a half, at her Isle of Wight care home. The woman who broke a Guinness World Record in 2015 when she became the oldest person to.....

Still Alice helped trigger 'global conversation about Alzheimer's' giving people with dementia a voice and a face

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Jul-16)

Lisa Genova wrote the best-selling novel Still Alice, about a woman with early-onset dementia, back in 2007. There are now over 2.6m copies in print, and it has been translated into 37 languages. In 2014, the book was made into a.....

A day in the life of a rehabilitation worker specialising in brain injuries

Angeline Albert, News Editor (04-Jul-16)

Sally Harris is a senior rehabilitation worker at Christchurch View in Northampton for the Christchurch Group which cares for people with brain injuries and complex neurological conditions. She was named 'Care Home Worker of the Year' in.....

Bed-bound artist with dementia says art sets her free

Sue Learner, Editor (04-Jul-16)

An artist virtually bed-bound with dementia, who has found art sets her free, is taking part in an art exhibition designed to challenge public perceptions about older age and dementia. Golden Gallery Art.....

Fighting fit: How table tennis helps elderly live well with dementia

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (04-Jul-16)

The ping pong craze has swept through care homes across the country since the ‘Over-80s’ featured in the World Table Tennis Championships in 2010. With one in six people aged 80 and over living with dementia.....

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.....