Chronic health issues

People with two or more chronic health issues in middle age are more than twice as likely to develop dementia, according to research from University College London published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The more severe the illnesses, the stronger the link seems to be, and for those with more than two conditions the risk … Read more

Royally treated

Professor Dawn Brooker received her MBE, awarded in the 2021 New Year’s Honours, at Windsor Castle last week.  Princess Anne took charge of the MBE investiture, where Dawn reports that the princess was “very happy talking about dementia”.  Dawn is director of the Association of Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, and a long-standing member of … Read more

Musings ‘through the fog’

A new compilation of the thoughts and poetry of Peter Berry has been published in book form under the title Walk with Me: Musings Through the Dementia Fog.  Published on Amazon in December (£10.99), Peter’s words were captured by his friend Deb Bunt, who has spent the last two years jotting them down. The book … Read more

Reimagine dementia

People affected by dementia are joining forces across the globe in a campaign for change called “Let’s Reimagine”, launched by the pressure group Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice. It aims to challenge the “biomedical and institutional approaches” to dementia policy and practice, which the international coalition says lead to fear, stigma and hopelessness. … Read more

Seeing the same GP

Seeing the same GP on every visit to the surgery significantly lowers health complications and emergency hospital admissions for people with dementia, an Exeter University study has found. More than 9,000 patient records were examined and they showed that fewer medicines were prescribed when the person with dementia was consistently seen by the same GP … Read more

DEEP 10th anniversary

DEEP – the UK network of dementia voices – will be “shouting out loud and proud” this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary. There will be an online festival on 5 – 9 December with a wide range of sessions, including a mixture of fun and serious discussions, practical activities and the showcasing of DEEP … Read more

Care home research

In what is believed to be a care sector “first”, Dr Isabelle Latham has been appointed researcher in residence by Hallmark Care Homes.  Dr Latham moves to her new role from Worcester University’s Association for Dementia Studies (ADS), where she had a lengthy career as a senior lecturer.  Hallmark is a family-run business with 19 … Read more

APPG on social care needs

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia is investigating what people affected by dementia want from the social care workforce so that they can live well.  MPs and Peers on the APPG are particularly keen to explore specialist needs of people with dementia and what the barriers are to accessing care tailored to these needs. … Read more

Care home visiting

Visiting restrictions for care homes in England have been relaxed by the government as the Covid omicron wave has begun to pass. Since Monday (31 January) there has been no limit on numbers of visitors and self-isolation periods for residents who test positive have been cut from 14 days to 10 days with further reductions … Read more