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Dementia funding to be spent making life safe and secure for sufferers

The funding will be used for

  • hi-tech sensory rooms
  • large print photos of local scenes from years gone by
  • specially adapted outside space to prevent patients from wandering
  • technology such as day/night clocks and controllable mood lighting
  • calming colours, non-reflective surfaces, large-print signs

Dementia funding: to create more 'butterfly schemes' like ones used in Calderdale and Huddersfield.

Jeremy Hunt today announced £50 million will be made available to NHS Trusts and local authorities working in partnership with social care providers to help hospitals and care homes cater for people with dementia.

The funding will be used to develop more initiatives like the ‘butterfly scheme’ uses across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.

The system involves placing a butterfly symbol on the bed of a patient with dementia. It is also highlighted in their care records, appointment records and on patient flow boards so that staff know they need extra help.

“Being one of the best for dementia is a priority for this Government, and doing what we can to help people with the condition feel more safe and secure in their environment is an important part of this. “Responding with dignity and compassion to dementia is the only sensible reaction to the urgent challenges we face as our population ages.”

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt


Care home makeover to help dementia patients

A care home in Lincolnshire has developed a traditional pub, classic tearoom, and cinema as part of a new dementia therapy programme.

The new "Jubilee Street" at Jack Parkinson Court care home is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust.

The home, which provides residential and specialist dementia care for its 37 residents, has undergone the makeover to promote reminiscence as therapy and reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs.

We wanted to be able to bring the outside world to residents at the home who are unable to go out due to either physical or psychological constraints.

The new areas have been well received by everyone at the home and also inspired new therapy ideas, including putting in a bus stop.

– Rosemary Robinson, Home Manager for Jack Parkinson Court

On the road for dementia research

Friends complete epic journey for Alzheimer's research

Four friends from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are celebrating after completing an 1,800-mile car rally across Europe that raised more than £5,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Mark Moody, of Newark, and his childhood friend Jason Booth, from Claypole, took part in the Staples2Naples old bangers’ rally together with Neil Dixon and Rob Pitches, crossing six countries in four days to reach the finish line in Naples.

The four were motivated to take part by Mark’s mother, Elaine, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease six years ago, when she was just 52. The challenge saw the four friends set off from Calais in a £200, 18-year-old Renault Laguna, sprayed bright pink.

The four-day adventure took them through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to Switzerland, before driving across the Alps into northern Italy and finally to Naples.

VIDEO: Alzheimers funding announcement

The government has announced a doubling of the funding into research into Alzheimers disease. David Cameron spoke of "a national crisis" posed by the condition and said he would make tackling it a personal priority.

The move has been welcomed today by charities - and by those who have the condition. The video above contains flash photography.


Alzheimer's Factfile

As three quarters of people with Alzheimer's say they feel anxious or depressed here are some key facts about the disease.

  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting around 465,000 people in the UK.
  • Symptoms can include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.
  • Women are slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men.
  • It is likely that a combination of factors, including age, genetic inheritance, environmental factors, lifestyle and overall general health, are responsible for developing dementia.
  • Smokers are almost twice as likely to develop the disease as non-smokers.
  • 77% of people withdementia felt anxious or depressed.
  • Nearly 50% say they've lost friends since their diagnosis and many say they don't feel part of the community.
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