Monthly Archives: May 2011

Management of Persons with Dementia in Hospital Emergency Departments

Abstract Hospital environments are sometimes not the best of places to be for the elderly, especially those with dementia and cognitive impairment. Possible adverse effects of hospitalisation commonly include patient immobilisation, acute confusional state resulting in sedation, risk of falls, … Continue reading

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SCIE Blog (Carer Caroline Odgen’s Personal Experience of Dementia)

Summary The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website offers access to the latest news, insights and opinions from people of a wide range of backgrounds. The latest such blog entry is written by carer Caroline Ogden: Dementia creeps up … Continue reading

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SCIE Social Care TV (Dementia-Related Films)

Summary A number of new learning resources are available via the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Social Care TV service. Living with young onset dementia (Released 10/05/2011). This film highlights the experiences of younger people diagnosed and living with dementia. Dementia … Continue reading

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Difficulty with Eating in Persons with Advanced Dementia

Abstract This article addresses feeding and eating difficulties resulting in weight loss during the advanced stages of dementia, and the decision-making process regarding use  of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube. Evidence from observational  studies indicates that feeding tubes do not improve survival … Continue reading

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Artificial Nutrition and Hydration for Advanced Dementia

Summary Dutch and Australian doctors adopt different care approaches for patients with advanced dementia. This article investigates the opinions of Dutch and Australian doctors about artificial nutrition or hydration (ANH) for patients with advanced dementia. Dutch and Australian doctors use similar … Continue reading

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Outcomes of Case Managed, Integrated or Consumer Directed Home and Community Care Services

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 11, June 2011]. Abstract This systematic review evaluates the outcomes of case managed, integrated or consumer directed home and community care services for older … Continue reading

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Eye Firm, Optos, Developing Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 11, June 2011]. Summary Fife-based retinal imaging company Optos has reported positive results in a screening test for Alzheimer’s Disease. The aim is to … Continue reading

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Dementia Patients and Hospital Discharge: Mind the Gap

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 10, May 2011]. By Dr Daryl Leung Clinical Director Care of the Elderly New Cross Hospital. A Personal View from the Sharp End Disclaimer: The … Continue reading

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Dementia: the Latest Evidence (RWHT) Newsletter, Issue 10, May 2011

Announcement The tenth issue of the “Dementia: the Latest Evidence” newsletter was published on May 14th 2011. A link to the downloadable .pdf version is given below: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 10, May 2011.

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Unorthodox Care Home: a Beacon of Excellence (NHS Local)

Summary Founded and managed by Anne Fretwell,  the pioneering Merevale House care home is a private residential home for people of all ages living with the various forms of dementia. Their organisational culture places emphasis on the importance of people living and working together. … Continue reading

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