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Even slightly raised blood pressure in middle age may increase dementia risk

15 June 2018

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Fifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of getting dementia in later life,” The Independent reports. A long-running study of 8,639 British civil servants found that people who had blood pressure above the ideal level – but below that used to diagnose […]

Former Rugby player and his wife share their dementia research journey

21 May 2018

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago, former Warrington Wolves Rugby league player, Willie Aspinal and his wife Linda, share their experience in taking part in the Scarlet Road research study and the impact it has for them. Watch this insightful and emotive video of them both for Dementia Action Week. If you’re ready to take […]

Exploring the benefits of additional nutrition to brain function

19 April 2018

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A person’s diet is one factor that may influence cognitive function. Indeed, a healthy diet can help maintain healthy cognition, and may provide a way of reducing a decline in cognitive function, or even delay the onset of cognitive impairment. Omega 3 fatty acids have received a lot of attention for their health properties in […]

Exploring and Developing Creative Interactions with Personally Significant Music

4 April 2018

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Music that has a strong link to past experiences can offer a means of connecting with an individual with dementia when other means of connection/communication have diminished. For people with dementia who are living at home, musical engagement typically takes the form of listening to recorded tracks whilst other forms of engagement with music tend […]

The Safer Walking Technology study

23 March 2018

Safer Walking

In recent years, a range of gadgets and technology solutions known as Safer Walking Technology has been developed. These new tools are designed to track, find, support and safeguard individuals with dementia when accessing the outdoors. The use of the technology (including GPS trackers, and location-based mobile phone apps) has the potential to help some people […]

Accelerating study delivery: the Caregiving HOPE study

15 March 2018

Caregiving HOPE study

Since its launch three years ago, the main aim of Join Dementia Research has been to accelerate dementia research, helping to make it quicker and easier for researchers to find suitable candidates for their studies and empowering patients and the public to find studies they wish to take part in. The Caregiving HOPE study is […]

Alzheimer’s patient encourages others to sign up to take part in dementia research

23 February 2018

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This article was originally posted on NIHR website. A retired pottery shop owner with early Alzheimer’s disease has said research has given him a new hope for life. Eighty-year-old Martin Wallis, from Honiton, is currently taking part in a clinical trial at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The study, being supported by the […]

Dementia care improved by just one hour of social interaction each week

19 February 2018

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This article was originally posted on NIHR website. A large scale NIHR-funded trial shows that increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life and saves money. During the study key care home staff were upskilled to deliver person-centred care. […]

Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel: have your say

15 February 2018

Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel

The Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel: a consultation commissioned by the Department of Health The Department of Health aims to achieve a better understanding of the experiences and needs of people living with dementia, in order to shape better policies. This is why, on its behalf, the Opinion Research Service (ORS) has opened the Dementia 2020 […]

Object handling in people with dementia

18 January 2018

object handling

What are the main aims of the study? This study aims to explore how people living with dementia respond to novel and historic objects when handling and discussing them in small groups. We call this ‘object handling’. People who have taken part in object handling studies before have reported it to be enjoyable, interesting and an […]

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