Monthly Archives: March 2020

The Diversionary Value of Music Playlists for Patients With Dementia in Accident and Emergency Settings (Nurses.co.uk / BBC News)

Summary A recent small-scale trial based at NHS Fife indicates that music playlists used on A&E wards can have a calming effect for most elderly dementia patients, offering potential to reduce agitation and distress without resort to medication. Full Text … Continue reading

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More on the Possible Role of Neuroinflammation in Frontotemporal Dementia (Bazian / Brain)

Summary Inflammation in the brain has been found to be present alongside (“co-localised” with) protein clusters in patients with frontotemporal dementia, suggesting that neuroinflammation may be involved as a potential cause of frontotemporal dementia. “The researchers found that both the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Infection: Coronavirus in the UK (DHSC / PHE / BBC News / SCIE / NHS England)

Summary Latest guidance for the general public. Full Text Link Reference New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care [and] Public Health England, March 17th 2020. In less than three months the impact … Continue reading

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Interventions to Improve Resilience in People Living With Dementia (Frontiers in Medicine)

Summary A review of the literature has identified five types of interventions designed to support resilience (coping with adversity) in people with dementia, which comprise: Dementia Advisors. Peer Support Network Services. Visual Arts Enrichment Activities (VAEA). Memory Makers. Early-Stage and … Continue reading

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Developments in Smart Assistive Technology to Support People With Dementia (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A recent systematic investigates the use of remote “sensing technology” to assess behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), and for monitoring people with dementia more generally. The broad categories of technology considered include (i) wearable sensors, (ii) non-wearable … Continue reading

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Elderly Depression and Dementia: Underlying Relationships? (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A systematic review examines the relationship(s) between depression and dementia in old age, exploring multiple possible explanations: Depressive symptoms may be a risk factor for dementia. Depressive symptoms may be a prodromal symptom of dementia. Depressive symptoms may be … Continue reading

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More on Sustaining Quality Improvement (CQC)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published further findings about sustaining improvement, based on the positive examples from four case studies, including: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust. … Continue reading

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Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (JGCR)

Summary Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) is characterised mainly by impaired perceptual speed, episodic memory, semantic memory, attention and executive function. It has much in common with global cognitive impairment, and diagnosis may overlap with that for Alzheimer’s Disease or other … Continue reading

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Terminal Lucidity: a Brief Exploration (BBC Radio 4 / PubMed / Google Scholar)

Summary Unexpected (apparent?) return of mental clarity and cognitive function in cases of severe dementia, shortly before death – a widely under-recognised phenomenon? Questions, about the fundamental relationship between brain and mind, are explored in an open-minded and even-handed manner. … Continue reading

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More Statistics on Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals (The Pharmaceutical Journal)

Summary Data, obtained from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, indicates that 17% of acute trusts (there were 87 that did respond) offer the full range of non-pharmaceutical therapies suggested by NICE guidance, while less than 45% offer one or … Continue reading

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