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Dementia sufferers set to benefit from group’s surprise £5k award

Dementia sufferers set to benefit from group’s surprise £5k award Mayor Isobel Hunter officiall opens Dementia/Alzheimer support group, Alz cafe

A weekly ‘open door’ support and social group for people with dementia and their carers has been awarded a “surprise” £5000. The funding will allow the group, Berwick and District Friends of Dementia Active Mind and Body, to widen the range of available activities for a full 12 months and help with transport to ensure the inclusion of dementia sufferers living in remote areas. Engage Mutual customer Linda Sneddon applied for the funding from the Mutual’s Foundation, which has set aside £1m as an exclusive benefit for its customers to make their lives and communities better. Although only Engage Mutual customers can nominate a community project for funding from the Engage Foundation, the public are encouraged to show their support via an online vote, with winning projects decided by the highest number of votes. When the winners of the final ro…

Children open up about dementia in CBBC documentary

Children open up about dementia in CBBC documentary Alzheimer's Society has been working with the BAFTA award-winning documentary series My Life which returns to CBBC on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at 5.30pm. 'Mr Alzheimer's and Me' follows three young people who tell their stories of living with grandparents who have dementia.

Joshua, 11, from Essex, is very close to his grandad, Derek, who has Alzheimer's. Josh is scared that one day his grandad won't remember him, so he creates a special memory box of photos and items from Derek's past to keep the memories alive. Josh, Derek, and Yvonne (Derek's wife and carer) are also media volunteers for Alzheimer's Society.
Also featured is Hope, nine, from Cardiff who has been living with her Nanna, Mary, since her Mother died. Mary has Alzheimer's but Hope believes that one day her Nanna will get better. Mary knows her dementia will only progress and tries to prepare her granddaug…

Do common drugs really cause dementia?

I am starting to wonder whether to believe anything we hear on the news these days. One day things are bad for us, then the next they are not sure if they got the information correct in the first place Media reports of a recent study suggesting a wide variety of common drugs can increase the chances of getting dementia are more sensationalism than science Side effects may include widespread neurological degeneration. Or not. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/U. Baumgarten via Getty Images
If you looked at the news at all yesterday, you will likely have heard about a new study that claims an alarming range of common drugs - including Nytol and over-the-counter hayfever pills - can increase the risk of developing dementia in people over 65. The mainstream media have shown a disconcerting enthusiasm for reporting this finding, despite the fact that much of the coverage and claims made can be described as exaggerated at best, scaremongering at worst.
For example, the researcher speaking ab…

Dementia linked to common over the counter drugs

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs
Related Stories A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.
All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an "anticholinergic" effect.

Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines.

In the US study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, higher doses and prolonged use were linked to higher dementia risk in elderly people.

The researchers only looked at older people and found the increased risk appeared when people took drugs every day for three years or more.
All medicines can have side-effects and anticholinergic-type drugs that block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine are no exception.

“Start Quote We would encourage doctors and pharmacists to be aware of this potential link ” End QuoteDr Doug Brown from the UK's Alzheimer's Society
Patient info…

Getting a diagnosis of dementia

Getting diagnosed is bad enough, when dementia comes into your life, no matter which type it is.

But  many people are being diagnosed these days, and then a few years down the line they are being told that it's just depression, or in their imagination, or in some cases it's the wrong diagnosis.

Some are re-diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, simply because they have not met the text book examples,is this a cop out?.

In other words after a while of fighting the illness and accepting the diagnosis, they stabilised and because they kept themselves busy and they were able to carry up to and beyond 10 years.

I have heard of people being re diagnosed or simply having the diagnosis changed on many occasions, yet it appears that the doctors or consultants have done the changes in such a way that the person leaves feeling very distressed and very upset, because they simply do not know where they are in life any more. Because there was no care or thought put into the consultation…

Memrica develops app to aid dementia sufferers

Memrica develops app to aid dementia sufferers
Company based at Innovation Birmingham Campus is seeing people to join testing group to help bring new app to market later this year

Founder of Memrica Mary Matthews
A tech start-up company based at Innovation Birmingham Campus is developing a mobile aid for people with memory problems including the early stages of dementia.
Memrica has been awarded a grant from Nominet Trust, a so-called 'tech for good' funder, to help it develop the first rollout of the app called 'Memrica Prompt'.
The company is a member of Innovation Birmingham's Entrepreneurs for the Future mentoring and support programme.
Designed to reduce the anxiety and frustration caused by forgetting essential information, it creates a virtual link between the things people want to remember and the objects and people around them.
It also offers a reminder system which collates data, image and voice files to prompt the user about day-to-day tasks.
By increas…

New test to spot early signs of dementia

New test to spot early signs of dementia <img alt="ELDERLY " src="" /> A new online test is available to assess risk of dementia Photo: ITV NEWS Leading dementia experts estimate that more than half the risk for dementia is caused by things we can change with only one in a hundred cases directly attributable to genes. Now a new online Cognitive Function Test is available. It takes 20 minutes to complete and can asses a person’s risk from the age of 50 and will also give personalised advice on steps to take to cut their risk.
The free online test run by the charity Food for the Brain, has been tried by 200,000 people. It's also been tested against standard memory tests used in GP surgeries and specialist memory clinics in a pilot study to identify those at risk by tracking subtle changes in memory as early as possible.
Through a simple set of questions abou…

Mobile technology

I confess that I do not understand people's obsession with mobile technology these days.

There was no such thing when I grew up, the nearest telephone was in a telephone box at the end of the street.
If a business person was on a bus or train, they waited until they got off to telephone someone, partly because you did not wish to interrupt other people's thoughts or conversations.
These days how ever people seem to walk along the street, cross roads cycle and even drive while looking at mobile phones.
 These days I have so much trouble watching where I am going due to my balance, that I am forever being pushed or bumped into by people looking down at the mobile phones or tablet computers.
There is nothing worse than watching for paving slabs which are sticking up, and then being bumped into by someone on a mobile phone.  I think the main problem is that while I am looking at the pavement, I can also see feet coming towards me. 
But up I stop and watch, it's amazing, just ho…

Sight, perception and hallucinations in dementia

Taken From the Alzheimer's Society Website May people like myself struggle with daily problems, to do with hallucinations and eyesight problems, but its only when you see publications like this that you understand things a little better that you did before. Many people struggle to cope when they see things which are unreal, and it gets very upsetting. But even though we changed things like the carpets in the house for plain ones, I still have problems out side with things like marble floors etc.   
I hope this helps other people understand our problems
Sight, perception and hallucinations in dementia People with dementia may experience problems with their sight which cause them to misinterpret the world around them. In some cases, people with dementia can experience hallucinations. This factsheet considers some specific difficulties that people with dementia can have, and suggests ways to support them. Understanding potential problems and giving appropriate help, support and reas…

Living in the North 'raises dementia risk' Lack of sunshine could be to blame

From the Daily Mail Living in the North 'raises dementia risk': Lack of sunshine could be to blameResearchers said this could be because of lower levels of vitamin DVitamin D is produced when the skin is exposed to sunlightLow levels have previously been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s

Living in the North could increase a person’s risk of developing dementia, research suggests. Researchers said this could be because of lower levels of vitamin D among those who live in more northerly climes, as they enjoy less sunshine than in the South. Vitamin D is produced when the skin is exposed to sunlight and low levels have previously been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh said that it was likely that more than one environmental factor would have an influence – and that if they were found then rates of dementia could be halved.
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How hibernating animals could help fight Alzheimer's disease

Taken from the Daily Telegraph How hibernating animals could help fight Alzheimer's disease Leicester University has found that the protein RBM3 helps restore brain activity when animals wake up from hibernation, and could be a treatmement for people with dementia

Hibernating animals could hold secret to Alzheimer's diseasePhoto: Danny Green / Rex Features A protein which protects hibernating animals during lengthy spells of sleeping could be the key to fighting Alzheimer’s disease, scientists believe. The University of Leicester has discovered that a ‘cold-shock’ protein is crucial for preventing the loss of brain cells and their connections when body temperature drops to dangerous levels. When animals hibernate the number of brain cell links - known as synapses - decreases, allowing them to enter a state of torpor. Scientists have found that the protein RBM3 helps synapses to rebuild once the animal wakes, restoring normal brain activity. Humans also…

Much better day

Today is a better day all round and I feel more like my old self again. It's been a long and very tiring week, which seemed endless, but I am more in control today.
I had a night from hell last night with a nightmare which kept starting all over again, and went on for hours even though I got up for a break. I caught a set of drawers at one stage when I lashed out, but nothing was broken.
At least this time I was facing the other way due to my sore hip, so I did not hit my wife during this. Last time I did this she ended up with a black eye, and I was very upset.
In the end I was pleased to get up at breakfast time.  I don't know what causes these things, but my old consultant has left and we ended up with someone who says that everyone has these things. But I do wonder if she understands this illness, or if she thinks it's my imagination, something I know it's not.
 This also left me wondering just how much training some of these people get.
 But life moves on and at least I …

Not been writing lately

I have not written anything on this blog for some time, but this was for various reasons.
I have been struggling to think of things of things to write, and to find the right words, along with problems with my eyesight.
During this time I have been posting news items which may be of interest to others, but that's as far as I managed to get over the last two months.
I have been close, to closing the blog down but have been advised to keep it going until things clear slightly.

Detecting Alzheimer's: 10 warning signs

Detecting Alzheimer's: 10 warning signs A new study estimates the number of Alzheimer's patients will triple by 2050, overwhelming caregivers and the health care system. (AP / Charles Dharapak)

              Alzheimer Society Canada
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:31AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:51AM EST               To help you know what warning signs to look for, the Alzheimer Society has developed the following list:
1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function
It’s normal to forget things occasionally and remember them later: things like appointments, colleagues’ names or a friend’s phone number. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may forget things more often and not remember them later, especially things that have happened more recently.
2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Busy people can be so distracted from time to time that they may…