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Suicide and dementia: 'I possibly don't fear dementia like some people do, because I'm prepared for it'

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Feb-17)

Dementia expert, Professor June Andrews, has revealed that she doesn’t fear dementia, despite knowing that if she lives to 90, she will have 50 per cent chance of getting the disease. There are around 850,000.....

Love in the time of dementia: Couple still express their love but struggle to remember each other

Angeline Albert, News Editor (14-Feb-17)

Husband Chris Warren, aged 72, and his wife Hilary Warren, 69, continue to demonstrate their love for each other - 50 years after marrying - despite being diagnosed with dementia. The couple share a room.....

'Pottery is my sanctuary, it keeps the little grey cells going' says care home resident

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Feb-17)

“Clay is a great tool to communicate and be expressive with,” says Emily Hall, a pottery teacher at Nightingale Hammerson, an independent charity which provides holistic care to older people and those living with dementia. “As.....

Welsh ladies' choir wins Care Home Idol 2016

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Feb-17)

A Welsh ladies' choir have won Care Home Idol 2016 with their rendition of ‘Any Dream Will Do’. This is the fourth year of the competition run by carehome.co.uk, which is designed to showcase the talent.....

Loneliness commission launched in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

A commission to combat loneliness has been launched in memory of the British MP Jo Cox. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has been set up to ask people in 2017 to take action to tackle loneliness in the.....

Yoga projects help care home residents with dementia 'experience calm'

Charley Walker, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

Yoga is a popular care home activity, improving both physical and mental wellbeing in residents and reducing agitation and anxiety. This is particularly apparent in people living with dementia, as yoga instructor Tania Plahay discovered.....

Care home review ratings now showing in Google search results

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Jan-17)

People searching for a care home in Google search results, can now see at a glance, a care home’s rating and how many reviews it has. Looking for a care home for a relative or a friend can be an arduous.....

Not just for women: Men urged to pursue a 'fulfilling and satisfying' career in the care sector

Charley Walker, News Editor (27-Jan-17)

It is no secret that the care sector is dominated by women, with men making up just 15.3 per cent of the workforce, according to the last UK census. One of the problems is that with men living longer, more.....

Alzheimer's at 30: Mum's heartbreak as bedbound daughter cannot speak or recognise her

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Jan-17)

“It breaks my heart” says the mother of Carla Bramall who is bedbound in a care home, unable to make eye contact or recognise her family because of a rare form of Alzheimer’s. “Watching my own child.....

Loneliness: 'Robbing people of the moments that make life meaningful'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Jan-17)

Most people know someone who has experienced loneliness. But loneliness is no longer thought to be just an older person's problem - it affects young people too. In March last year, the Office for National.....

Taking part in academic research empowers residents with dementia and 'gives them a sense of purpose'

Charley Walker, News Editor (22-Dec-16)

The role of dementia research and how it is borne out in reality can be a contentious issue, with some experts believing that it does little to benefit people currently living with dementia. But participating in projects can actually.....

Dramatherapist recalls 'precious moment' of laughter with autistic man

Charley Walker, News Editor (21-Dec-16)

Dramatherapy has many benefits for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Although sessions tend to be client-led, they are highly structured which supports people with ASD. The intensive interaction side of dramatherapy is.....

Interactive dementia game creates 'goosebump moments'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Dec-16)

Meaningful activity has huge benefits for residents living with dementia and should be integral to daily care home life. Yet if the individual is not engaged in some way, they can experience anxiety, aggression, agitation or apathy. Around.....

Couple find love in a care home

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Dec-16)

Two residents, who met and fell in love in a care home, show ‘life really doesn’t have to stop when you move into residential care’. Sian Walley, 45, and Steven Ferrier, 55, got engaged after meeting at the.....

Easy for CQC inspectors to 'get the wrong end of the stick' says lawyer

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Dec-16)

It’s a comment Mei-Ling Huang from law firm Quality Solicitors Burroughs Day, says she doesn’t make lightly. She’s trawled through enough CQC inspection draft reports and evidence from care homes to recognise the care watchdog is.....

Some residents opting to stay at care homes over Christmas so they don't miss out on festivities

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (06-Dec-16)

An increasing number of care homes are putting on such an array of activities and festive entertainment, that some residents are choosing to stay in the care home over Christmas, instead of spending it at a relative's. Recreation.....

Reading University students 'lift spirits' of care home residents with Christmas concert

Charley Walker, News Editor (06-Dec-16)

Students from the Reading University Gospel Choir and residents at Lakeside Residential Care Home shared ‘quality time’ together during a special Christmas carol performance. Care home residents accompanied.....

Music therapy can be 'lifeline' for people with dementia who can no longer communicate through language

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Dec-16)

Music therapy can be crucial in reducing feelings of isolation for people with dementia, who may have got to a stage where they struggle to communicate through language. It can also boost self-esteem making them feel ‘valued and heard’. Polly.....

Work experiences for residents with dementia helps them 'connect with who they are'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Dec-16)

Feeling frustrated, helpless and unsure of themselves, a person in the mid to late stages of dementia can withdraw from everyday situations, but at Eachstep Blackburn, residents are encouraged to utilise their skills and are offered.....

Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies of dementia but much-loved Manuel lives on

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

Best known for being beaten about the head with a frying pan in the 1970s comedy Fawlty Towers, the actor Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the sitcom, has died of vascular dementia at a care home for actors. The.....