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Changing attitudes on dementia

We are halfway through Mental Health Awareness Week and today's topic has been dementia.

Around 800,000 people are diagnosed with dementia in the UK. It's a condition which affects the brain, making it harder to remember things or think as clearly as before.

It was thought that dementia was just part of the ageing process, but attitudes are now changing.

In the latest of our special reports this week, Lori Carnochan looks at how families deal with the diagnosis, and why seeking legal advice is just as important as medical advice.


Dementia 'doesn't mean you will lose quality of life'

Mental Health Awareness week continues with a look at dementia.

Dementia affects about 800,000 people in the UK. It's a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain.

The risk of developing dementia increases with age and the condition usually affects people over the age of 65.

Senior Nurse, Lorraine Haining, explains the importance of early diagnosis.


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.

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.”

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