Monthly Archives: December 2016

Unhealthy Lifestyles In Middle-Aged Adults (BBC News / PHE / NHS Digital / Neurology)

Summary A Public Health England (PHE) report indicates that middle-aged people in England are increasingly likely to experience health problems such as diabetes and dementia in later life as a result of their unhealthy lifestyles today. Data from the latest … Continue reading

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Progression of Neurological Diseases Presaged By Hidden Alterations in Artistic Style? (BBC News / Neuropsychology)

Summary Psychological researchers performed detailed mathematical analysis (“fractal analysis”) of barely perceptible changes to the brushstrokes used by artists, some of whom later developed neurological diseases. Analysis of hidden patterns of change in the fractal dimension of paintings reveals that … Continue reading

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Quick Guide to Effective Communication with Persons Living With Dementia (DementiaUK)

Summary A concise guide to better verbal and non-verbal communication skills, designed for all audiences. Full Text Link Reference Tips for better communication with a person living with dementia. London: DementiaUK / Admiral Nursing Direct, October 2015.

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Systematic Review of Meaningful Activity in Care Homes / Nursing Homes (JBI Database)

Summary An Australian systematic review has attempted to determine the relative effectiveness of various meaningful occupation interventions for people living with dementia in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). The authors outline conclusions are as follows [quote]: “Providing meaningful or individualized … Continue reading

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Exploring the Morality and Efficacy of White Lies and Deception in Dementia Care (MHF)

Summary The Mental Health Foundation (MHF)’s “Dementia: what is truth?” report explores strategies for handling the different realities and beliefs held by persons with dementia. It concludes, perhaps realistically, that judicious use of non-truths and half-truths may be justified if … Continue reading

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National Clinical Director for Dementia: Further Diagnosis Rates-Related Letter to CCGs (NHS England)

Summary Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, has written another letter to CCGs about progress on national dementia diagnosis rates and priorities for post-diagnostic dementia treatment / support. National dementia diagnosis rates for November 2016 are … Continue reading

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Palliative Care in Advanced Dementia (Cochrane Database)

Summary A recent Cochrane review assessed the evidence concerning the effect of palliative care interventions in advanced dementia. As usually happens in rigorous studies of this nature, the authors of this review could find few high quality trials exploring palliative … Continue reading

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