How do you keep someone with dementia feeling included?

Involving people with dementia in family life
When someone in the family is diagnosed with dementia, it affects everyone. It’s a difficult and demanding time and it’s easy to fall in the trap of focusing on health, safety and care needs and forgetting about your loved one’s role as a member of the family. Because of their mental decline and problems with …

Why is brain health important?

Why is brain health important?
Even before you leave the womb, your brain works throughout your life to control your body’s functions and helps you understand and interact with the world around you. Maintaining a healthy brain will help your mind stay clear and active, so that you can continue to work, rest and play. The importance of heart health …

Exercise for elderly and mobility-impaired people

Exercise for elderly people
So many magazines, TV programmes and newspapers tell us that physical activity is vital for our health and wellbeing. The problem is that disease, disability and dementia can make it difficult to exercise. However, you can live an active life without jogging or going to the gym. Why is exercise important? Regular exercise can protect …

Tips for keeping older people warm in winter

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After a long, hot summer, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. Crisp winter days can be beautiful, but the lower temperatures can be bad for your health. Figures show that winter weather can increase the risk of deaths from cold-related illnesses – and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Higher numbers …

What is BAN2401?

BAN2401 dementia medication
BAN2401 is an experimental drug that may offer hope for people living with dementia. Early research shows that the antibody may improve cognition, decrease symptoms and slow down the progress of early Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is still incurable, so any medication that can slow the progression of the condition offers hope for those affected …

Scam prevention for people with dementia

In our high-tech world, banking can be a complicated process and it’s all too easy to spend money online or on the phone. Dementia causes problems with thinking, memory and planning, making it difficult to look after family finances. In fact, a survey showed that more than three-quarters of people with dementia say that they …

Could an eye test spot early signs of dementia?

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Eye tests can pick up whether you’re long or short-sighted, identify glaucoma and monitor your eye health – and recent research suggests that your optician could also predict whether you are at risk of developing dementia. The brain damage of dementia begins many years before any symptoms become apparent. A recent study suggests that there …

Hearing loss and dementia

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There is an increasing body of evidence suggesting a link between dementia and hearing loss. A number of scientific papers have found a significant association between age-related hearing loss, cognitive decline and dementia. Action on Hearing Loss says that: ‘There is strong evidence that mild hearing loss doubles the risk of developing dementia, with moderate …

Can you test for dementia?

Can you test for dementia?
You’ve walked into a room and don’t know what you’re there for, you’ve lost your keys or you can’t remember the name of someone. They’re the sort of things that we all do occasionally, but if they become more of an everyday occurrence, could they indicate dementia? It can be frightening if you feel your …

Brain health food – effect of diet on dementia

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The food we eat is more than just fuel, it’s essential for the healthy function of our hearts, our bodies and our brains – so what is brain food? The Greek philosopher Hippocrates said ‘let food be our medicine’ and modern medical research is proving him right. There’s increasing awareness that the development of vascular …

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