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Alzheimer’s Society supports cutting edge research across the UK to develop new and improved treatments for dementia and ultimately find a cure. Research will beat dementia and clinical trials are vital to making this a reality. Without clinical trials, we can’t be sure how effective or safe a drug...
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The social care system is "at breaking point", a local government official warns.
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Ma is the mother of Dilly’s husband (Mr B), she was diagnosed with dementia in 2012. Ma agreed to let Dilly write about the family’s life and experiences in the Life with Ma series. Dilly’s story continues… A new arrival My daughter has had a baby, so we phone Ma to tell her the news. She...
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National charity Contact the Elderly are looking for guests for a new tea party group for isolated older guests in Belfast. The group is for guests aged 75 and over, who live alone (including in sheltered accommodation), and struggle to get out or have become a bit isolated for other reasons...
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Almost half of all older people in Northern Ireland are snubbing the chance to take a life-saving screening test for bowel cancer, research claims. Statistics show that four in 10 of those aged over 60 are missing out on the opportunity to spot... Read more on the Belfast Telegraph
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A Belfast-based company is hoping to revolutionise home care for the elderly with a TV smart device. Kraydel is developing a device that will reconnect the elderly with the wider community.... Read more on the Belfast Telegraph
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Jane’s mother, Beryl, has always been kind and caring towards others. But after noticing changes in her mother’s behaviour back in 2015, Jane knew there was something more to it than age. Here, Jane shares her experience of finding the right care for her mother and encourages people to take part in...
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An HMRC scam is currently targeting people throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Automated calls purporting to be from HMRC are asking people to contact them regarding a time sensitive issue and failure to do so will result in legal action. This is a scam and HMRC are aware of the...
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‘Mixed dementia’ is a condition in which a person has more than one type of dementia. Most often, it is a mixture of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Other combinations of dementias are also possible – particularly Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. A mixed dementia...
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One of our overseas readers, known as ‘Lickety Glitz’, shares her experience of care giving for her mum. Here, we learn from Lickety about how she came to the tough decision of transitioning from a full-time care giver to part-time. Lickety’s mother was diagnosed with vascular...
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‘A Grand Day Out’ is the third chapbook of a unique series, which forms part of the ‘A Life More Ordinary Project’, led by artists Ian Beesley, Ian McMillan and Tony Husband. Through the use of poems, images and drawings, these chapbooks help to visualise what it means to live with dementia. Learn...
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After Julie’s mum was diagnosed with dementia in 2017, she decided to quit her job and care for her mum full-time. Along with her husband Andrew, and her dog Maisy, Julie took part in Memory Walk last year to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society. This year, Julie is walking again – and here,...
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Taking part in the RideLondon cycling event is no mean feat. Participants face a challenging 100 miles from East London to Pall Mall in South West London. It is people like Dorothy-Anne who inspire others to play their part in the fight against dementia. Here, 73-year-old Dorothy-Anne, who lives...
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A report published by The Women and Equalities Committee has concluded that older people in the UK are being discriminated against in the workplace. It is estimated that more than a million older people in the UK are unable to find work due to age discrimination. The report found that ageism is...
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People with learning disabilities are at an increased risk of developing dementia at an earlier age. Research has shown 1 in 3 people with Down’s Syndrome aged over 50 will develop dementia. People with Down’s Syndrome are also at a higher risk of dementia before the age of 50. To help...
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Ards and North Down Borough Council facilitate a wide range of Clubs offering opportunities for people to engage, learn and thrive together! Have a look the leaflet for 2018/19 to find out what you can get involved in. Registration costs may be applicable within independently run clubs however all...
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This week saw the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Chicago. It’s the biggest international event dedicated to advancing dementia science. Over 5,000 dementia research leaders attended and learned about a wealth of new developments. Aoife Kiely, Research...
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The Department of Infrastructre alongisde the Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee (IMTAC) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are seeking the experiences of older and disabled people in regards to using taxis in Northern Ireland. The short survey (which...
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Ma is the mother of Dilly’s husband (Mr B), she was diagnosed with dementia in 2012. Ma agreed to let Dilly write about the family’s new life and experiences in the Life with Ma series. Dilly’s story continues… Ma is very much her usual self. Her self-imposed purpose in the house is to iron...
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With 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, the Dementia Friends initiative is such a vital part of changing presumptions and providing support. 2.5 million people have united against dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend. Find out more about why this social initiative is so important and...

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