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New course to help with Dementia education

A new curriculum has been set-up to improve Dementia education in the UK.

The University of Cumbria is one of a group of universities to launch the programme for health and social care professionals.

The course will help improve knowledge and skills for staff who work with people suffering from dementia.

We spoke with Linda Morrison, Programme Leader of Health and Social Care at The University of Cumbria.

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Cumbrian university develops new dementia curriculum

The University of Cumbria is one of a number of universities who have announced that they have developed a new curriculum to improve dementia education across the country.

The new curriculum is being used to boost the content of higher education programmes for health and social care professionals such as nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work.

The university is one of 53 universities in the Higher Education for Dementia Network.

Cumbria University helps launch new dementia curriculum

Cumbria University is helping to fight dementia. Credit: PA

Cumbria University has helped develop a new curriculum to help higher education institutions teach their students about dementia.

The curriculum will be used on health and social care courses across the country. It is hoped that it will lead to a better understanding of the disease among the nurses and social workers of the future.

Cumbria University is one of 53 British universities in the Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN), which developed the curriculum.

Linda Morrison, who teaches Health and Social Care at Cumbria University, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for those who provide services to people with dementia, as education specialising in dementia care is now gaining the recognition that it deserves.”

The dementia debate

800,000 people across the UK are living with dementia. This week, at a summit in London, the G8 nations pledged to work together to tackle the condition.

In a debate for our political programme, Around The House, MPs acknowledged that society is 'playing catch-up' where dementia is concerned.

They agreed that improving care for people with dementia, and their carers, is a top priority.

Watch the full debate here:

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Working longer as state pension age rises

People in their 20s, 30s and 40s can expect to work for longer before they can claim a state pension.

In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor indicated that the pension age would rise to 68 by the mid 2030s, and 69 in the mid 2040s.

How could these changes affect us, as individuals and a society?

It was a topic for debate on this month's Around The House, with the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border Rory Stewart, the Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott and the Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales.

Watch the discussion here:

People who opposed ANC 'should be ashamed of themselves' says Cumbrian MP

The Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart says people who opposed the ANC during the apartheid era in South Africa were 'completely wrong'.

Appearing on our political programme, Around The House, he was asked how he regarded those in the Conservative party who had been hostile to the ANC in previous decades.

Rory Stewart also described Nelson Mandela as an 'extraordinary man' with an outstanding vision:

You can watch the full interview on Around The House at 11:40pm tonight (Thursday 12th December) on ITV in the Border region.

State Pension Age: MP says people will want to work longer in future

On tonight's edition of Around The House, Conservative MP Rory Stewart backs the plans to raise the State Pension Age in 20 to 30 years' time.

The Penrith and The Border MP praises the experience and "unbelievable energy" of over-65s, and admits they currently make a huge, unpaid, contribution to society:

You can see the full interview on Around The House tonight (Thursday 12th December) at 11.40pm on ITV.

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