Alzheimer's Society
yesterday at 20:05. Facebook
Reminiscing about sport can help people with dementia revisit vivid memories. We recently visited a group at Leyton Orient where the power of football is used to combat help combat the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness. [ Link ]

A home game against Portsmouth was also promoted as a dementia awareness day. All stadium stewards received dementia awareness training, while free...
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Alzheimer's Society
01/19/2017 at 20:10. Facebook
It’s incredible to see so many young people around the UK working hard to help raise dementia awareness in their local communities. The ‘A Million Hands’ project is one part of this work, with over 50,000 Scouts choosing to support us.

Sacred Heart Primary School in Islington held an Elf Day event and over 200 staff and pupils became Dementia Friends.

Alfie, a year 4 student, said ‘I’ve...
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A new generation joins the fight against dementia - Alzheimer's Society...
Alzheimer's Society
01/18/2017 at 20:05. Facebook
'An increased feeling of being generally fed up, with days of feeling down or out of sorts – when I'm inactive or just having an off day and little or nothing seems to help.'

We speak to Tommy about his diagnosis and what has changed since: [ Link ]
Alzheimer's Society
01/17/2017 at 20:30. Facebook
People with dementia may sometimes behave aggressively, for example by making threats, shouting, hitting or biting. Aggressive behaviour can be very stressful and upsetting for the person with dementia and their carers. It can also be a factor in the decision to move the person with dementia into a care home.

Visit [ Link ] for practical tips to help prevent and manage aggressive behaviour.
Alzheimer's Society
01/16/2017 at 19:50. Facebook
Memory problems can often be one of the first symptoms of dementia. Some things to look out for are struggling to remember recent events or the names of everyday objects, finding it hard to follow conversations and problems thinking and reasoning. You may also find that other people start to comment on your forgetfulness.

If you’re worried that your memory is getting noticeably worse, or...
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Alzheimer's Society
01/15/2017 at 20:01. Facebook
When someone has dementia carers often ask at what point they take over the decision-making process, and on what basis they should make them.

As someone’s dementia progresses, their cognitive (mental) abilities will decline, which will affect their ability to make their own decisions. When this happens, carers, family and health and social care professionals will need to become more involved...
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Alzheimer's Society
01/14/2017 at 19:30. Facebook
We know that people with poorly-managed type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of dementia. However, the reasons behind this are unclear.

Annabelle is one of our funded researchers and she is hoping to find out more about the link between these two conditions: [ Link ]
Time for Dementia is an award winning programme that pairs medical students with people affected by dementia. It is aimed at improving the students’ knowledge, attitude and empathy towards people with dementia and their carers.

So far 354 families have been involved and the students are also finding it beneficial:

'If you have a patient with dementia, it’s understanding what they’re going...
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Educating healthcare students with award-winning Time for Dementia...
A research study into undiagnosed eye conditions in people with dementia has found that one third of those tested had impaired vision, even when wearing their glasses. People in care homes were significantly more likely to have impaired vision than those living in their own home. [ Link ]

Researchers concluded that up to two thirds of the problems could be remedied with new glasses or a...
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This morning on BBC Breakfast they talked about isolation and dementia. People with dementia in rural areas can often become depressed and isolated, due to a lack of services, and people around them. You can watch the piece via iPlayer now on the link below (starts at 24:19).

Our depression and anxiety factsheet has information on this subject. Including how it can affect people and tips on...
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Writing and sharing a story about how you or a loved one has been affected by dementia can offer some relief for both writer and reader. Mick shares his story about living with alcoholism and dementia.

'I became aware I was losing my memory about 6 years ago. I know that deep down I’m getting worse.' [ Link ]

If you'd like to share your story with us, please email

'I know that deep down I'm getting worse'
During the later stages of dementia most people will become increasingly frail due to the progression of the illness. They will also gradually become dependent on others for all of their care. Knowing what to expect can help everyone to prepare. [ Link ]

Each person with dementia experiences the illness differently, but symptoms likely to occur in the later stages of most dementias...
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Dementia can affect people in all different ways. People that live in the countryside can also face different challenges.

Tonight Countryfile will be looking at what they describe as the growing problem of dementia in the countryside as a new report (published by Plymouth University) highlights the dangers, isolation and lack of services facing farmers living with the condition.

Tune in to...
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From the Dementia Research Institute to partnering with experts in care research, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Dementia Research.

Find out what our Research and Development team are most looking forward to over the next 12 months: [ Link ]
During the festive season many of us spend more time than usual with relatives and friends. If you've noticed possible dementia symptoms or are worried about someone’s memory, visit [ Link ] for information and advice.
Have you seen the news today about living near major roads increasing your risk of dementia?

No direct link between the two has been found and the risk increase was relatively small. Our Behind the headlines explains more about this research: [ Link ]
In 2014 the Hospice of the Valleys launched a project, in partnership with us, to improve support for people affected by dementia in south Wales. This includes a weekly group for people with dementia and their carers.

Alan Fletcher, an 86-year old former college lecturer who has Alzheimer's, attends with his wife Anne. He says 'it’s good coming here, the group is first rate. We owe them a...
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Keeping active, along with a balanced diet, is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing dementia. A new study suggests that exercise may also benefit people who already have vascular dementia.

Half of the people in the study took part in one-hour exercise classes three times a week for six months. Then all the participants were tested on their overall thinking skills and how...
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Have you set yourself a New Years resolution to get more active? Maybe to take part in a fundraising event? Or just see the world?

We have runs, cycles, swims, treks and walks across the globe you can sign up to. Or if you fancy something a little less strenuous why not join us for Cupcake Day?

Take a look at all our events online: [ Link ]
2016 was a rollercoaster year for dementia research. Our research team reflects on the highs, the lows and the more unusual research findings from the past year. [ Link ]