The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published statistics on dementia. These statistics focus on five strategic aspects of dementia care:
- Post-Diagnostic Support.
- Living Well With Dementia.
- Mortality Associated With Dementia.
- Diagnosed prevalence increased from 643 per 100,000 in April 2014 to 755 per 100,000 in December 2015, which is 423,000 diagnoses out of 56.0m registered patients.
- 39 per cent of carers spent 100 or more hours each week looking after or caring for a person with dementia, with 52 per cent spending 50 hours or more per week.
Dementia and mortality
For more information visit the HSCIC website.
Click here to read the full report.
The University of Birmingham are offering a free online course aimed at carers looking after family members with dementia or professionals working with people with dementia.
The course aims to develop the skills needed to manage challenging behaviour such as restlessness, agitation and communication difficulties, which can cause carers high levels of stress and burden. The course uses case studies to explore challenging behaviours and find out how other carers manage them both at home and in care settings. Specific interventions and a person-centred approach is used, particularly focusing on de-escalation skills.
For more information please visit the University of Birmingham’s website
Aardman Animation, the company behind Wallace and Gromit, have made a film with actor Christopher Eccleston tackling misconceptions about dementia.
The online film, made for Alzheimer’s Research UK, uses uses an orange to demonstrate how dementia physically attacks the brain.
Eccleston, whose father had the condition, said he hoped it would “fight the misunderstanding and fatalism that surrounds dementia”.
BBC (2016) Christopher Eccleston in Aardman Animations’ dementia film. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-35337554
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orange_Fruit_Close-up.jpg
Researchers, from University College London (UCL), have developed an algorithm that uses information routinely collected by GPs to predict the risk of dementia.
The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), identified 930,395 patients with no previous records of dementia, cognitive impairment or memory problems. These patients’ records were used by researchers to build a simple computer algorithm which predicts the likelihood of dementia being diagnosed within five years.
Lead researcher, Dr Kate Walters (UCL Primary Care & Population Health), said the score could be used for identifying people at a very low risk of dementia.
University College London (2016) New test could predict dementia risk during routine GP visits. Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0116/210116-dementia-risk-test#sthash.lG1ehzRj.dpuf
Image (courtesy of Ann Gordon via Flickr)
The Alzheimer’s Society is launching a campaign to tackle what it calls an ‘unacceptable national variation in the quality of hospital care across England’. An investigation has revealed that an alarming number of people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged during the night or are left in hospital despite their treatment having been completed.
The Alzheimer’s Society has published the findings of its investigation which was comprised of FOI requests to NHS Trusts in England and a significant survey of people receiving dementia care in hospitals.
For more information about the campaign, Fix Dementia Care, and relevant research, visit the Alzheimer’s Society web site.
Alzheimer’s Society (2016) Shocking variation of hospital care for people with dementia exposed. Available at: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=2537