In a powerful, multi-textured documentary filmed over almost two years, one family living with dementia reveals what life is really like behind closed doors.
Using CCTV cameras, video diaries and a small,immersive film crew, the programme follows 55-year-old Chris Roberts from north Wales as he, his wife Jayne and his youngest daughter Kate come to terms with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
From making the decision to choose his own care home to writing a living will, getting lost in his own house and not recognising his family, Chris chronicles his changing life as his independence slips away. Once a businessman and a keen biker, he now struggles to walk and talk – his life is beset by frustration, yet his remarkable insight allows us into his world.
Filed under: Dementia, Alzheimers, Panorama
Patients with dementia are being condemned to needlessly long stays in hospital because of a shortage of care to help them at home, a charity has warned.
New research shows that in the last financial year, people with the condition spent more than 3 million days in hospital – with average stay in some hospitals three times as long as in others. The Alzheimer’s Society said dementia sufferers were being forced to endure long stays in frightening and unfamiliar hospital surroundings, for want of support at home.
Official data shows that the NHS spent nearly £900m on the care of dementia patients who spent 3.42 million days in hospital during 2013/14. If the hospitals with the slowest discharge rates matched the national average, the health service would have saved £70 million – equal to the total amount spent on dementia research each year – the charity said. The figures show that while some hospitals had an average stay of six days for a patient with the condition, in others, the typical stay was more than three weeks.
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Filed under: Dementia, Elderly, Hospital, NHS, Alzheimers, Dementia, eldery care, Hospital
And Christina is still fighting for the truth
Filed under: Elderly, Hospital, Uncategorized, Alzheimers, cover up, Elderly care
Dementia patients are being failed at the end of their lives as they are not deemed to have a terminal illness, charities warn. Many are dying on an undignified hospital ward when they wanted to be at home with loved ones. The final stages of the disease have become the ‘forgotten aspects of a silent epidemic’, according to a joint report by the Alzheimer’s Society and Marie Curie. It says that unlike other illnesses, NHS staff do not sit down with families of dementia patients and draw up an end-of-life care plan. Around 850,000 Britons are known to have dementia, and the number is expected to rise to 2million by 2050 as the population ages. The Government has promised to make the illness a national priority over concerns that there are no effective treatments and diagnosis rates remain shockingly low. But this report warns that despite efforts made to detect and treat the illness early on, too little attention is being paid to sufferers and their families at the end of their lives.
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A team at University of Cambridge are looking at Dementia in people with Down’s syndrome. They are looking at a chemical called Amyloid in the brains of people with Down’s syndrome. They think that this chemical might cause memory problems, and they would like to know more about how it does this in people with Down’s syndrome.
Their long term objective is to understand why people with Down’s syndrome are at risk for memory problems so that safe treatments can be developed that might prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down’s syndrome, and in the general population.
If you have Down’s syndrome or know someone with Down’s syndrome over the age of 40, who might be interested to hear more about this study, please contact the team using the link below.
A short movie about the study is available to watch below:
Filed under: Uncategorized, Alzheimers, Dementia, Down’s syndrome
In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, Bild have created two Easy Read factsheets on dementia for people with learning disabilities.
Bild believe it is important that people with a learning disability have access to up to date and accessible information about dementia given that most people know someone with the condition – a family member, a friend, a neighbour.
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Alzheimer’s is on of the most misunderstood diseases. However some Angels on earth like Naomi Feil strive to make people with Alzheimer’s feel happy. She is the founder of Validation Therapy and in this video shares a breakthrough moment of communication with Gladys Wilson, a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2000 and is virtually non-verbal. To learn more about this therapy visit http://www.memorybridge.org.
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Filed under: Elderly, Self Help, Uncategorized, Alzheimers, Validation Therapy
Elderly people who are losing their memory could be helped by using a magnetic field to stimulate part of their brain, a study has shown.
The effect lasts at least 24 hours after the stimulation is given, improving the ability of volunteers to remember words linked to photos of faces.
Scientists believe the discovery could lead to new treatments for loss of memory function caused by ageing, strokes, head injuries and early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr Joel Voss, the lead researcher from Northwestern University in Chicago, said: “We show for the first time that you can specifically change memory functions of the brain in adults without surgery or drugs, which have not proven effective. This non-invasive stimulation has tremendous potential.”
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