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Recently, Programme Partnerships Officer Steven McFadyen visited people with dementia who enjoy playing sport and being active together. He is looking to support leisure centres, gyms and sports clubs to be more dementia-friendly. Here, Steven shares his experience of visiting a group of golfers...
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One in three workers in sector are paid below the minimum wage, and long hours are affecting quality of care Social care workers are cutting short visits to frail elderly people, or working unpaid overtime to keep up with huge workloads, a new report finds. Some are paid as little as £5 an hour for...
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Smartphones have built-in sensors that recognise how the device is used. Many of us use a smartphone every day. These small, handheld devices can collect an amazing amount of information. There are sensors built into smartphones that can capture small differences in speech, memory and thinking. How...
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Most theatres run youth groups but Manchester’s Royal Exchange also has a company of amateur actors over 60. Its members discuss acting’s cruelty and camaraderie – and the joy of ‘not giving a toss’ Train driver Joe Figueira loved drama at school but never considered it as a possible career. Now...
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Most theatres run youth groups but Manchester’s Royal Exchange also has a company of amateur actors over 60. Its members discuss acting’s cruelty and camaraderie – and the joy of ‘not giving a toss’ Train driver Joe Figueira loved drama at school but never considered it as a possible career. Now...
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When Mark shared his story on the Alzheimer’s Society blog, he never anticipated the media interest it would attract. Much more to his surprise, Mark discovered a whole new side to his family tree that he and his mother hadn’t known existed. Earlier this year, Alzheimer’s Society kindly...
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Engineers discovered the tenant when they heard shouting days after fire gutted the Washington DC senior housing complex Engineers inspecting the wreckage of a public housing complex gutted by fire five days ago found a 74-year-old tenant inside, alive and well, on Monday. The discovery of the...
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Dementia risk is a complex puzzle. Understanding the differences of the sexes is one way that could help dementia researchers understand its causes and develop new treatments. Dr Aoife Kiely, Research Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, explores why being male or female could...
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Alzheimer’s Society has teamed up with Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland (GBNI). This special partnership aims to raise awareness of dementia among girls and young women across Northern Ireland. Find out more about how GBNI and the Society are working together to create a dementia-friendly...
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Last year, it was suspected that Karenza’s father had an infection. When doctors started mentioning dementia, Karenza and her family began to research it. Once Karenza’s dad was diagnosed with advanced dementia with Lewy bodies, she found advice and guidance from the Alzheimer’s...
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The number of older people needing community or residential care will rise to 1.2 million by 2040 - almost double the 2015 rate - according to a government commissioned report. Find out more
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Researchers say drug has little benefit when taken by healthy people aged over 70 Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found. While a daily dose of the blood-thinning medicine can protect older people who have...
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Researchers say drug has little benefit when taken by healthy people aged over 70 Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found. While a daily dose of the blood-thinning medicine can protect older people who have...
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Our new Dementia-friendly media and broadcast guide calls on journalists and broadcasters to change the conversation around dementia. Find out why and see what you can do to help. The media has a big role to play in shaping how society thinks about dementia. Media outlets like newspapers do vital...
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After Gemma’s dad Stephan was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, she began taking on Memory Walk, before joining Alzheimer’s Society as a volunteer. She explains why volunteering can make such a huge difference for people living with dementia and what inspires her to get involved. Gemma’...
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Photo credit: Jon Holloway, Arts 4 Dementia, and Southbank Centre Research has proven that art therapy can be beneficial for people living with dementia. Art therapies engage attention, provide pleasure and may improve symptoms such as anxiety and apathy. Created pieces of art can also be helpful...
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October 2018 is Positive Ageing Month and there are a whole host of different events happening across Northern Ireland. Find out what is going on in your area by getting your copy of the Positive Ageing Guide for 2018 . Events range from visual arts and crafts workshops, tea dances, digital...
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Many of us will feel lonely occasionally. Being alone every once in a while can be beneficial. It may provide an opportunity for self-reflection and awareness. However, research suggests that social isolation and loneliness can be harmful. Here we discuss the Government’s loneliness strategy, and...
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Newspapers are often full of headlines about dementia. Recently some of them have written articles about whether or not dementia drugs might cause heart problems. It can be challenging to know if there is research-based evidence behind news stories. Read about the different types of dementia drugs...

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