Public Health England launches online dementia profile tool

Dementia profile

The new dementia profile tool, made available online by Public Health England (PHE), provides information about dementia by geographical area.

Profiles have been created for Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Authority geographies.

The data available on dementia in each profile is divided into six domains:

  • Prevalence
  • Preventing well
  • Diagnosing well
  • Living well
  • Supporting well
  • Dying well

Public Health England created this resource to give local commissioners and providers the data they need to benchmark their current practice against other CCGs, local authorities and national figures.

Data and metadata is available online and as a download.

For further information, click here: http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/dementia 

Alzheimer’s Research UK creates ‘Dementia Explained’ web site for children

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Alzheimer’s Research UK has developed a web site to help children and young people to understand dementia.

The site is divided into three main sections for children, juniors and teenagers.

Information, activities and other resources are freely available. There are virtual tours, games, stories and the experiences of children who have a family member with dementia.

The web site, intended as a resource for nurses, can be found at http://www.dementiaexplained.org

 

People with dementia in care homes need pharmacist-led medicine reviews

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70 per cent of people with dementia have one or more other long-term health condition. As GPs and other medical professional try to treat these conditions, people with dementia can end up on a cocktail of drugs that exacerbate their symptoms. Using their specialist skills, pharmacists can play a vital role in improving how medicines are used in care homes and, as a result, the quality of life for the 280,000 people with dementia living there.

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The importance of spirituality for people with dementia

This article provides an overview of spirituality and spiritual needs in people with dementia. It addresses potential causes of spiritual distress and provides examples of spiritual care strategies. It concludes that spiritual care is an important aspect of patient care and dementia patients need to be supported to express their spiritual values and beliefs.

Scott, H (2016) The importance of spirituality for people living with dementia. Nursing Standard, 30(25) 41-50. Abstract available at: http://journals.rcni.com/doi/abs/10.7748/ns.30.25.41.s47 For the full text article please contact the Library.