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Alzheimer's Society
12/09/2016 at 16:43. Facebook
You can still hold an Elf Day this December! Visit [ Ow.ly Link ] to sign up and get your kit.
Alzheimer's Society
12/09/2016 at 13:06. Facebook
Are you taking part in #ElfDay? Thanks to everyone who’s sent us photos from their events, here are just a few of our favourites!

If you’ve missed out today don’t worry, you can still hold an Elf Day on any day in December. Visit [ Ow.ly Link ] for more info and to sign up.
Alzheimer's Society
yesterday at 13:12. Facebook
Yesterday several news outlets reported that strobe lights could become a future non-invasive treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

This is a great example of the innovative approaches researchers are taking to better understand the causes of dementia and explore alternative ideas for treatments.

We take a look behind the headlines at what the researchers did and what this means for the...
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Flickering lights, gamma waves and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's Society
12/07/2016 at 19:30. Facebook
'It's important to offer something different, something active and outside rather than only closed groups, away from the world – something out in the world.'

A walking group in Carlisle is helping people affected by dementia get outdoors and stay connected. [ Ow.ly Link ]
Alzheimer's Society
12/06/2016 at 20:35. Facebook
Christmas can be a wonderful time, but when you’re caring for someone with dementia, it can also bring challenges. Common issues include the person with dementia feeling overwhelmed or self-conscious, and eating and drinking difficulties.

We invited our Talking Point online forum members to share their stories of caring for a loved one with dementia over Christmas. Here’s what some of them...
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Alzheimer's Society
12/05/2016 at 20:32. Facebook
2017 will see Scouting For Girls celebrating their 10 year anniversary, and to mark the occasion the band have partnered with us for a year of exciting fundraising challenges.

Band members Roy, Greg and Pete will be taking part in events such as Dry January and the London Marathon.

Roy's mother lived with early onset dementia. He says 'dementia is such a cruel disease and we will be...
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Alzheimer's Society
12/04/2016 at 19:30. Facebook
'We have two rules. No overhead dressing and no fiddly fastenings.'

Clothing can be important to everyone and when Katie's grandmother developed Parkinson's, and later Parkinson's disease dementia, she decided she wanted to help maintain her dignity as everyday tasks became more difficult.

Katie founded a clothing line with the aim of making getting dressed easier without losing the style. [...
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Alzheimer's Society
12/03/2016 at 20:35. Facebook
It's common for someone who cares for a person with dementia to experience grief. This can occur while they are caring for the person and after the person has died.

Carers may experience grief as the person's dementia progresses and increasingly affects their relationship. They may grieve for the losses they and the person with dementia experience.

People with dementia may experience grief...
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Alzheimer's Society
12/02/2016 at 20:00. Facebook
We've been practising for Elf Day in our office! Have you signed up yet?

Dress up as an Elf in December to help defeat dementia. Get your fundraising kit at [ Ow.ly Link ] #mannequinchallenge
Alzheimer's Society
12/02/2016 at 10:01. Facebook
We're very sorry to hear that Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, has died after living with dementia for four years.

His wife Melody, who cared for Andrew, said 'don’t feel sorry for me because I had the best life with him. I had the best husband and we really loved each other ... We were married for 57 years, we loved each other very deeply and it was a pleasure looking after...
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Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies at 86

Yesterday the 2016 Dementia Friendly Awards celebrated organisations, communities and individuals who are making outstanding contributions towards improving the lives and experiences of people with dementia.

The awards are part of our Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, which aims to ensure people affected by dementia feel understood and included in all aspects of community life....
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'Caring for vulnerable people with dementia is challenging and it requires patience, skill and training. It beggars belief that homecare for dementia is clearly not being taken seriously.'

Michael Parkinson talks to us about why our call to Fix Dementia Care is so important. [ Ow.ly Link ]
Has Christmas changed for you and your family since a dementia diagnosis?

Would you be interested in talking to the media about it? If so we'd like to hear from you for an upcoming piece of work. Contact us at press@alzheimers.org.uk
Become a Dementia Friend today! It only takes five minutes to watch our online video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Join the 1.7 million other people who are helping to change the way the nations thinks, acts and talks about dementia. #GivingTuesday
Homecare is broken and we need your help to fix it. Only 2% of people believe homecare workers have enough dementia training.

Join our call on the government to Fix Dementia Care: [ Bit.ly Link ]
If someone needs help with everyday tasks, it can be challenging for them and their carer. Sharing experiences and advice with people who understand can make a big difference.

The person with the condition might become defensive or angry if it feels like they are losing their independence. They could also feel embarrassed about needing help. For the carer, it may be distressing to see the...
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Dementia Friends Champion Maria Mealey talks about her experience of dementia and the Session she ran for her 'big dog group'.

'My first experience of dementia was with my mother. I bought my puppy to help as a companion to her and when she went into a nursing home he continued to visit her and all the other residents. We slowly made lots of big dog friends who, for fun, started to meet as...
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'My Dad, Graham, has been living with with Alzheimer's disease for the last ten years now. Its slowly stripped him away. At 68 he's now bed bound, unresponsive and immobile. To see anyone in this condition is harrowing, when it's your father it's devastating.'

#FridayFundraiser Dan inspired by his dad took on 13 challenges in 2016. They included the Great North Run and Snowdonia Marathon -...
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