Monthly Archives: January 2013

More Sleep to Avoid Memory Loss? (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary A further critical appraisal of a dementia-related topic appearing in the news has been issued by the NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” team. Age-related shrinking in the prefrontal cortex is associated with impairment in the ability of older adults … Continue reading

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Difficult Conversations in Dementia (Dementia, Department of Health)

Summary A “Ten Step Toolkit for Clinicians Involved in End of Life Discussions” has been published, which offers guidance for people dealing with dementia patients and their families. This handbook, written by Clive Lewis OBE DL, is based on the principles from his … Continue reading

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Developing Clinical Senates (NHS Commissioning Board)

Summary Clinical Senates are to be established across the country from April 2013. There will be 12 Clinical Senates in England. Clinical Senates will include different professionals and include representatives of patients, volunteers and other groups. They are intended to work with Strategic Clinical Networks, … Continue reading

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End of Life Care for People with Advanced Dementia (Jewish Care / UCL)

Summary This report covers the “End of Life Care in Advanced Dementia (ELCAD)” project. This was a three-year practice based study funded by the King’s Fund and carried out in a large Jewish Care nursing home in collaboration with University … Continue reading

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Social Demographics and Hospice Care Planning in the UK (Help the Hospices)

Summary The Help the Hospices Commission into the Future of Hospice Care aims to supply strategic direction for hospices for the next 10 to 20 years. The Commission into the Future of Hospice Care and Cicely Saunders International have published … Continue reading

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Spirituality and Ageing: Implications for the Care and Support of the Elderly (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services: IRISS)

Summary This Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) report examines how person-centred care can be enhanced by addressing the spiritual needs of elderly people. “Research into ageing and spirituality is based on assumptions of ageing as a … Continue reading

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Sustainable Funding for Adult Social Care (London Councils)

Summary A funding gap of £907 million is forecast in the next five years in London. This document describes how councils are planning to narrow the funding gap for adult social care by working more closely with the NHS, improving … Continue reading

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Factcheck: Do 2 in 5 (40%) of Hospital Patients Suffer From Dementia? (FullFact.org)

Summary Emily Craig decided to investigate the validity and origin of the often quoted statistic that 40% of patients in NHS hospitals suffer from dementia. Sir David Nicholson, the head of the NHS Commissioning Board,  recently commented that “something like 40 per … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Efficacy, Feasibility, and Cost-Effectiveness of Cognitive Intervention in Alzheimer Disease (Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders)

Summary The authors of this systematic review attempted to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive interventions for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), estimate their feasibility and assess their cost-effectiveness. On the basis of four randomised controlled trials of cognitive intervention it … Continue reading

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Elderly Patients to be Treated in the Community Where Possible (The Independent)

Summary Sir David Nicholson, head of the NHS Commissioning Board, has expressed the view that NHS hospitals are “very bad places” when it comes to the standards of care for frail, elderly patients. He proposes that new ways must be … Continue reading

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