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Cuts in services leave dementia victims in fear

Dementia victims face crime wave on doorstep

Alzheimer's sufferers are losing their home care

A LOOMING £1bn cash crisis could leave dementia sufferers at greater threat from rogue traders who are exploiting cutbacks in social services to target some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Trading standards officers in Yorkshire have warned the rising numbers of pensioners who are suffering from mental illness are being placed at increased risk as care professionals are no longer available to ward off the advances of doorstep criminals.

The Alzheimer’s Society claims a £1bn funding gap is looming in social care nationally, as local authorities are forced to strip back resources to cope with the Government’s austerity measures. North Yorkshire County Council alone is faced with making savings of more than £90m across all its departments, and finance directors have warned front-line services including social care will be hit.

Many dementia sufferers will be left with a reduced level of care in their own homes, prompting fears they will be targeted by organised gangs of criminals who are travelling to the region to prey on the elderly. (more…)

How to improve your memory!

Clenching fists ‘can improve memory’

Clenched hand Clenching the fist temporarily changes brain function

Memory can be improved simply by clenching the fists, a study suggests.

Clenching the right hand for 90 seconds helps in memory formation, while the same movement in the left improves memory recall, say US psychologists.

In an experiment, 50 adults performed better at remembering words from a long list when they carried out these movements.

The researchers think clenching a fist activates specific brain regions that are associated with memory processing. (more…)

Ground breaking online resource to help meet the challenge of dementia care

Ground breaking online resource to help meet the challenge of dementia care

23rd April 2013
The Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance launches ‘Learning Location’ to help individuals and organisations who provide care for people with dementia gain access to essential information and most appropriate training in a single place.

London, UK – Tuesday 23 April 2013 – Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance announces a new free online resource to meet the challenge of delivering excellent care and support to people with dementia. The website called The Learning Location is open to individual carers, families, professional staff and organisations looking for relevant information, guides and training support. This initiative was developed as a result of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, which was launched last year.

By 2030, there will be 15 million people over the age of 65 in the UK. After a century of advances in medical science, sanitation and nutrition, people today are living longer than ever before. One in three people over the age of 65 will develop Dementia. (more…)

Caring For Carers: The Pressures of Caring For A Loved One With Dementia

Guest Blog  Jason Tucker

Dementia is a debilitating illness, and sadly one that currently lacks a positive long-term prognosis. It’s natural that when someone is diagnosed with any of the many forms of dementia that the focus is on their well-being. In the early stages family members may well take on care roles, helping their loved one cope with the condition as far as possible. Many relatives, particularly spouses, will move to being full-time carers. This can be an excellent option, as the familiarity of home and family can make things easier for the person suffering with dementia, at least in the early stages of the disease.

Caring for someone with dementia is an all-consuming job, especially as the person’s condition deteriorates and they become increasingly disorientated and unable to carry out simple tasks. It’s not uncommon for carers to pour everything into their efforts, which is only natural. However, many carers lose sight of their own needs which results in stress, fatigue and burnout, none of which are good for the carer or their relative. (more…)

 

 

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