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West Oxfordshire grandmother speaks of dementia battle and research hopes

16 May 2017

Joan and Bill Cansfield

This article has been reproduced from the National Institute for Health Research website. A woman with dementia has spoken movingly of her battle and why she is taking part in research to help others. Joan Cansfield, 76, who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in April 2014, spoke at the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week (May […]

LINKAGE Camden Study

11 April 2017

Delirium is a medical term used to describe a change in brain function which makes a person become suddenly confused. Their behaviour and concentration may also be affected. It can make people feel frightened, restless and suspicious. The symptoms can come on quickly and change from hour to hour. It is very common, particularly among […]

The NorAD – Guanfacine study

28 March 2017

This new study aims to assess whether a medication called Guanfacine can improve thinking, particularly attention, in people with Alzheimer’s Disease when given alongside other standard medication. We caught up with Dr Paresh Malhotra, Chief Investigator on this study, to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? Guanfacine itself is licensed for […]

Dementia Early Stage Cognitive Aids New Trial (DESCANT)

6 March 2017

It is known that people developing dementia in its early stages can respond to timely offers of help at home to enhance their experience and coping with dementia, over and above early diagnosis and support now routinely provided in many areas. One such type of help is advice alongside the use of memory aids and […]

Spatial Navigation in Pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease

15 February 2017

Getting lost is one of the most common and distressing symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their families, often involving the police and in tragic cases resulting in death. However, the underlying reasons why patients are getting lost are virtually unknown. One reason for this limited knowledge, is that it is not clear how […]

Cognitive Impairment in COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

3 February 2017

A new study is investigating the link between memory problems and a lung disease called ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’. We caught up with the study team to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? We are investigating whether people with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are more […]

Mindfulness for Sleep Disturbance in Dementia

27 January 2017

Sleep disturbance is a serious problem for many people in later life and particularly people with a diagnosis of dementia and those close to them. Research into mindfulness for sleep disturbance in older adults (without dementia) shows that it could be a helpful new treatment. What are the main aims of the study? The purpose […]

The SENSE-Cog Field trial

13 December 2016

Recent evidence has found that older adults living with both dementia and sensory impairment experience a number of issues that affect their quality of life. These include; an increased sense of disorientation, difficulty locating themselves using visual and auditory cues, greater levels of distress leading to agitation and aggression, an increased prevalence of hallucinations, delusions […]

Dementia Related Manual for Sleep; Strategies for Relatives (DREAMS START) study

6 December 2016

Sleep problems are common in people living with dementia, with around 40% of people living with dementia experiencing sleep disturbance. These include reduced night time sleep, night time wandering, and excessive daytime napping. Sleep problems can disrupt the sleep of other members of the family. However, there are currently no treatments that consistently improve sleep […]

Drug Free Table Tennis Alzheimer’s Therapy

16 November 2016

There is a strong belief among many people that table tennis activity can have mental, physical, and social benefits to those living with Alzheimer’s; from the likes of improved concentration through the focus of playing, increased upper body strength through the movement of playing, and a feeling of happiness through the fun of playing. We […]

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