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If music be the food of love…

If music be the food of love… ›

5th February 2016 | Categories: Adult Social Care , Care Planning , Dementia , Food & Nutrition

Poor nutrition is commonly experienced by people with dementia. So it was with interest this week to see a new initiative from the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for the provision of specialist support to dementia patients to ensure that they are eating and drinking enough. The programme, Dementia Nutrition Support in Hospital Pathway (known…

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Nature and stress

Nature and stress ›

A six month research study carried out by a researcher from Exeter University has shown that watching nature films can reduce anxiety symptoms for people in the early stages of dementia. The research was done in two care homes over a six month period, and  it was found that anxiety and stress levels were significantly…

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Eating Away at Cognitive Decline

Eating Away at Cognitive Decline ›

25th September 2015 | Categories: Dementia , Food & Nutrition

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. So what better time to look at research investigating how nutrition may have an impact on the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Dietary patterns and risk of Alzheimer’s disease There is growing awareness that lifestyle factors, not just genetics, play an important role in the development…

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Dementia Care: The Social Services and Well-being Act 2014

Dementia Care: The Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 ›

23rd September 2015 | Categories: Dementia , Legislation , Welsh Care , Welsh Social Care

The Challenges of Dementia In my last blog, I considered the cost to society of caring for our older citizens with cognitive deficits caused by dementia, and also my own shortcomings in caring for individuals in a nursing home setting. In this article I will look at some of the policy and the guidelines for…

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Coconut oil is not a miracle cure for Alzheimer’s disease

Coconut oil is not a miracle cure for Alzheimer’s disease ›

9th August 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

Undoubtedly readers of this blog will have heard great things about the new ‘miracle’ food widely heralded in the media – coconut oil. With suggested benefits ranging from weight loss to stroke prevention, you may have even heard that coconut oil can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. This claim is not based on scientific…

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Dealing with dementia

Dealing with dementia ›

28th July 2015 | Categories: Scottish Care

The NHS tells us that dementia is caused by a higher than normal loss of brain cells, normally due to a build-up of unusual proteins in the brain. This damage leads to a decline in a person’s mental and, sometimes, physical abilities. It is not well understood why the incidence of some forms of dementia seems…

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Dementia Care & Meal times: Cues and Clues

Dementia Care & Meal times: Cues and Clues ›

3rd July 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

I was delighted  to read Care UK dementia specialist trainer Mark Harrison’s moving description of mealtimes for people with dementia in care homes in the latest edition of Care Home Catering. Each person with dementia is unique, but all have some loss of brain function Each person with dementia has a unique set of challenges,…

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Looking across the sea – what does the US say about diet, cognition and mood?

Looking across the sea – what does the US say about diet, cognition and mood? ›

30th June 2015 | Categories: Food & Nutrition

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are reviewed, updated and published every 5 years. The 2015 Guidelines – due to be published later this year – are advised by a report of the scientific evidence from an expert group, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). This committee has now finished its review and this will be…

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A basic ‘primer’ on biological aspects of a dementia – pt. three

A basic ‘primer’ on biological aspects of a dementia – pt. three ›

1st October 2014 | Categories: Dementia

A few weeks ago we began to look at some of the biological causes of dementia. In particular we singled out the primary dementias and concentrated on DAT, and then upon vascular causes. The week before we looked at memory, memory systems and the processes by which memories are made – and lost. This week…

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Dementia Care: A Basic ‘Primer’ on Biological Aspects of a Dementia – pt. two

Dementia Care: A Basic ‘Primer’ on Biological Aspects of a Dementia – pt. two ›

4th August 2014 | Categories: Dementia

Last week we began to look at some of the biological causes of dementia, in particular we singled out the primary dementias and concentrated on DAT. The week before we looked at memory, memory systems and the processes by which memories are made – and lost. This week we look at the second most common…

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