Music Can is launched  

Music Can is a new, inclusive digital platform, spearheaded by Universal Music UK, that is designed to empower families, caregivers and musicians to integrate music as a fundamental part of dementia care.  Music Can includes a directory of support, playlists, music activities and advice and is a joint endeavour by the music industry, technology providers … Read more

Children’s Dementia Art Competition

Dementia UK are planning their largest ever awareness campaign in 2024 and want to shine a light on how dementia impacts children by inviting all under-16’s to submit a piece of artwork which expresses how dementia affects them.   Dementia UK will exhibit these pictures in a public space, on their social media channels and in … Read more

A trio of ‘Knowledge is Power’ resources available

Innovations in dementia have launched their England edition of their ‘Knowledge is Power’ post-diagnostic support resource.  The booklet, like the Scotland and Wales editions, is written by people living with dementia for people living with dementia and contains a wealth of information, resources, and support for anyone with dementia and people around them.  You can … Read more

Value of early diagnosis

“We can diagnose and start to manage dementia earlier than we do currently,” the Chief Medical Officer’s Report on Health in an Ageing Society has admitted. Professor Chris Whitty’s annual report touches on dementia in several places, including in a chapter on secondary prevention and early diagnosis in older age. “An early diagnosis and access … Read more

Remembrance Sunday

Veterans living at Royal Star & Garter’s care homes attended the Cenotaph service in London on 12 November. World War Two veteran Ken, who lives at Royal Star & Garter in High Wycombe, is pictured with a wreath at the Cenotaph.

Peter Mittler – life story

A book documenting the life of human rights campaigner Professor Peter Mittler CBE has been published by the My Voice project, run by Manchester Jewish social care charity The Fed. Professor Mittler, who has dementia and has been active in the field, left Nazi-occupied Austria as an eight-year-old and came to England on the Kindertransport. … Read more

News from Alzheimer Europe conference

Anti-Stigma Award At its 33rd annual conference in Helsinki last month (16-18 October) the winners of Alzheimer Europe’s  2023 Anti-Stigma-Award were announced. First prize went to Touchstone’s BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Dementia Service in Yorkshire, UK, which provides specialist support to people living with memory problems or a diagnosis of dementia and their carers/family … Read more

Blood biomarker challenge

Dementia blood tests could be available on the NHS in five years, Alzheimer’s Society claims, after launching the next phase of its Blood Biomarker Challenge, a £5 million award for the research team judged most likely to deliver. Applications for the challenge, a collaboration with Alzheimer’s Research UK and the National Institute for Health and … Read more

Social prescribing – music

The Power of Music Fund, a scheme to promote social prescribing for people with dementia and their families, opened on 22nd November for new grant applications. Musical initiatives for carers and people with dementia, such as dementia choirs, can apply for multi-year grants of either £1,000 or £2,000 annually, depending on the size and scope … Read more

New transdermal patch

An easier way to administer an established treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by Luye Pharma.  The twice weekly Zeyzelf rivastigmine transdermal patch is said by the company to be simpler than the daily rivastigmine patches already in circulation.  It is also 52% less expensive than some other patches, the company says. Rivastigmine reduce … Read more