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Charity creates virtual lab to raise awareness of dementia

Inside the virtual lab

A charity has launched a virtual lab to help people find out about research into dementia. Alzheimer's Research UK hopes it will raise awareness of the illness which affects thousands across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The Lab allows visitors to travel through three main research areas at the scroll of a mouse. Cisitors can watch videos and slideshows about how research is funded, and how unravelling the basics of diseases like Alzheimer's and frontotemporal dementia can help in the search for answers.

Lack of support forces people with dementia into care homes

There are claims that 4500 people in Yorkshire and the Humber with dementia could be forced into care unnecessarily. A study has found it is due to a lack of support.

The Alzheimer's Society has teamed up with Argos and Homebase to raise money to help people with dementia live at home for longer.

I'm so pleased my mother was able to be cared for at home but it was only possible with help from dedicated services. If you or a loved one have recently received a diagnosis or just don't know where to turn, I urge you to find your local service and read the Alzheimer's Society's top tips on living with dementia at home."

– Richard McCourt, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador

The Alzheimer's Society has tips about helping people with dementia and information about support services here.


Leeds school pupils support dementia charity

Doughnut bobbing James Coulson, Sara Bickler and Ellie Jones

Year 7 pupils at The Grammar School at Leeds have raised over £400 for a local charity by holding a Christmas bazaar during their lunch break. The money will go to Acorn, a charity which supports people who have a family member with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

When they were looking for a charity to support one of the pupils, Matthew Giles, came up with the idea of Acorn charity as his grandma has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

He said: “This is a cause which is close to my heart. Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain and confuses the sufferer making them forget things and where they are.

It is something which requires full-time care and can be very upsetting. I am slowly losing my Grandma but Acorn offers my family a lot of support, so I thought it would be a good idea to help the charity.”

On their Olympic match- up stall are from left to right: Matthew Giles , Millie Chowdhury, Jordan Okingo and Elliot Audsley

Chesterfield Royal Hospital appoints dementia assessment nurses

Melody and Marcia, Chesterfield Royal Hospital's new dementia assessment nurses

Chesterfield Royal Hospital has appointed two dementia assessment nurses. They will assess everyone over the age of 75 admitted in an emergency to see if they have signs of dementia. The hospital hopes that this will ensure that people who need it get early access to support.

There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, including more than 17,000 younger people, with 60,000 deaths directly attributable to dementia per year. Only 43% of people with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis.

Dementia campaign to raise awareness

A campaign is being launched in Leeds to make the whole of Yorkshire and North Lincolshire more dementia friendly. It aims to raise awareness everywhere from the high street to hospitals.

Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Action Alliance is linking up public, private and charity sector leaders to make our communities more dementia friendly. More than 64,000 people in the area are living with dementia and the Alliance is on a mission to raise awareness of how to help.

Sheffield care home lost dementia patients’ cash

Two directors of a care home in Sheffield have been banned from running businesses. They failed to look after the money of residents with dementia or other conditions affecting their ability to handle their finances.

Deepak Mohan Mirpuri and Arun Mirpuri ran Larongrove Ltd. The company received residents' pension and benefit payments into its bank account.

It then failed to separate the money from its own funds, as required by industry guidelines. The money was pooled as working capital to meet the costs of the care home.

Deepak Mohan Mirpuri and Arun Mirpuri have been banned from being directors for seven years and four years respectively.

Larongrove and its directors were placed into a position of trust by these seven residents who, through no fault of their own lacked the capacity to handle their own finances.

Both the residents and their families trusted the directors to protect their cash and use it in the best interests of the individuals concerned. Instead, these directors treated it as company money, which led to the loss after the care home became insolvent. They behaved with an unforgiveable lack of responsibility towards the finances of the elderly people in their care.

– Robert Clarke, Head of Company Investigations


Dementia Facts: over a million people with dementia by 2021.

In the UK there are:

  • currently 800,000 people with dementia
  • over 17,000 younger people with dementia
  • over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups

Dementia Facts:

  • Two thirds of people with dementia are women
  • The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group
  • One third of people over 95 have dementia
  • 60,000 deaths a year are directly caused by dementia
  • Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce dementia deaths by 30,000 a year
  • There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
  • 64% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home
  • Only 43% of people in the UK get a diagnosis

The Alzheimer's Society also warns there will be than a million people with dementia by 2021. Already the cost of dementia to the UK is £23 billion this year alone. Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.

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
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