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Elderly who lose interest in pastimes could be at risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Apathy towards hobbies in old age could be a sign of dementia, scientists warn

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter Photo: ALAMY

Losing interest in hobbies and other activities in older age could be an early sign of dementia, according to scientists.

Apathy in older people suggests a loss of grey matter and offers doctors a new tool with which to identify a group of the population at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter – neurons in the brain that control memory and communication respectively. (more…)

Suffolk: Dementia patients need better access to services

Suffolk: Dementia patients need better access to services and doctors need better resources to give advice – report

Official launch of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign at West Suffolk Hospital. Image of the corridor before work begins. Official launch of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign at West Suffolk Hospital. Image of the corridor before work begins.

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:04 PM

People living with dementia in Suffolk need better access to support services, a report has claimed, after it emerged more than 5,000 sufferers live with the condition undiagnosed.

Doctors need better resources to provide good advice to newly-diagnosed dementia patients and double their current detection rate of the disease to meet new tougher government targets, the University of East Anglia (UEA) said. (more…)

Businesses braced for dementia care crisis to hit workplace

Charity warns full extent of strain on workers juggling jobs and care commitments could be masked by dementia ‘stigma’

Carers putting their own health at risk, census shows

Businesses braced for dementia care crisis to hit workplace Photo: ALAMY

The lack of professional care for people suffering dementia is threatening a staffing crisis for British businesses as workers are forced to cut their hours or quit to support loved-ones, new research shows.

Nine out of 10 companies fear their business will increasingly be affected by the knock-on effects of dementia on families, according to the study by the business group “Employers for Carers”, which was set up by the charity Carers UK

Seven out of 10 firms which responded said they are braced to lose highly qualified staff because of caring commitments while two thirds fear it will impact their workers’ own health or productivity. (more…)

West Suffolk: Husband’s love helps keep Dorothy’s dementia at bay

Brian Atkinson and his wife Dorothy are backing our Forget Me Not campaign

Emma Brennan West Suffolk chief reporter
emma.brennan@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
10:00 AM

Brian Atkinson and his wife Dorothy are backing our Forget Me Not campaign 

During the past six years of their long and happy marriage, that promise has certainly been put to the test after Mrs Atkinson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008.

Two years later, the condition developed into Lewy bodies (DLB), a type of dementia that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Since then her memory has been deteriorating progressively.

Mr Atkinson, 86, who is supporting our Forget-Me-Not campaign for West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Dorothy can remember family history and things like that, but not what happened two hours ago. (more…)

 

 

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