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Remembering Dementia Action Week
Dementia Action Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, was due to fall between 11 and 17 May 2020. Although Dementia Action Week has now been deferred to later in the year, it still seems a good opportunity to raise the profile of dementia
The Remote Geriatrician
The COVID-19 outbreak has meant a change for everyone’s working patterns and rapidly. In my case, due to an underlying medical condition, this has meant remote working.
COVID-19: Supporting and Caring from Afar
We are in exceptional times, and people are providing care in extraordinary ways. On the 30th January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak was a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
5 Top tips for dealing with distress in delirium: World Delirium Awareness Day March 11, 2020
Should all older adults with type 2 diabetes lower their HbA1c level?
A study has found that among people whose HbA1c was greater than or equal to 7.5 at baseline, those who achieved the glycemic target within a year were associated with higher incidence of dementia in 6 years.
‘He would probably want to help people if he could’: making decisions about research on behalf of people living with dementia
The latest NICE guidelines recommend that opportunities to participate in research should be available to people living with dementia at all stages of the condition.
Dying in the place of your choice – does the slipper of cancer fit on the foot of dementia?
What is the leading cause of death in the UK? Cancer? Heart disease? Nope, it is dementia. Much value has been placed on dying in the place of one’s wishes however those with dementia seem to have been excluded from this focus. Why is it so hard to research wishes around death in those with dementia? Is it because we still forget it is a terminal disease? (1) Does it adhere to the issues with advance care planning in that when one is well they don’t wish to talk about it but when they are unwell they can’t?
World Delirium Awareness Day 2019: an opportunity not a problem
Delirium is serious and treatable, and yet some healthcare professionals appear to rather indifferent towards it. Although exact estimates vary, delirium is one of the most prevalent acute disorders in general hospitals.
Suffering in silence - a time to speak up
Both mental health and old age continue to attract stigma. It is hardly a surprise, therefore, that ageism in relation to mental health issues continues to blight society and that it remains a major problem in the NHS – the very institution intended to promote health and well-being.
A day in the life....of a Dementia Support Worker
I am Barry Walkden and I’ve been in post as a Dementia Support Worker for almost 5 years now and I can honestly say that no two days are the same.
Do antipsychotic drugs have a role in the modern management of delirium?
Antipsychotic drugs are recommended for the management of distress caused by delirium when it is unresponsive to other de-escalation techniques. This class of medication is known to have many potential adverse effects, especially in older people with background cognitive impairment
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: How to assess the mental capacity of people with dementia
The importance of supporting the rights of people living with dementia is increasingly recognised, and key to this is respecting the wishes and decisions of the individual
My future wishes: Advance Care Planning for people with dementia
This recently published document acts as a resource to support clinicians and practitioners who provide health and social care for people with dementia.
From uncertainty to understanding
Can psychodynamic theory improve our care of older adults? A century of psychoanalytic thought and a half century of work by old age psychiatrists and psychotherapists suggest that it can
Love makes the world go round but sex adds the sparkles: A review of “Dementia, Sex and Wellbeing”
Two phrases leap to mind when faced with the question “what do you think of when you hear ‘dementia and sex'?”: “inappropriate behaviour” and “safeguarding issues”. The author of this book acknowledges this perspective: in this group of people, the issue of sex is only raised in the context of problems or concerns.
Spring Speakers Series: Promoting Activity and Independence in early Dementia
Why diagnose dementia? And why diagnose dementia early? Because we want to do something to make lives better? If so, what?
Book review: ‘Memory’s last Breath’ – a written exploration of life, love and personhood
Journeying beyond questions of how and why disease happen; to considering what they truly mean in the lives of individuals is one of the great challenges of clinical practice. The book 'Memory's last Breath' looks at how dementia brings out this challenge particularly strongly.