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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 / PHSO)

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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The Marmot Review 10 Years On: Health Equity in England (BBC News / Institute of Health Equity / King’s Fund)

Summary The Marmot Review has been updated (commissioned by the Health Foundation), to reflect developments since the Marmot Review of 2010. Austerity appears to have had an adverse impact on levels of social wellbeing. Life expectancy of women in the … Continue reading

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Dog Therapy for Dementia? (BMC Psychiatry / Psychogeriatrics / Bazian / BMC Public Health)

Summary An investigation into the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy (AAT) for people with dementia. Full Text Link Reference Klimova, B. Toman, J. [and] Kuca, K. (2019). Effectiveness of the dog therapy for patients with dementia: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry. September 6th 2019; Vol.19(1): 276. … Continue reading

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In the News: Reproduced Without Interpretation or Comment (The Guardian)

Summary “The country’s largest dementia charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, has been accused of spending as much as £750,000 on payouts to staff who agreed to sign non-disclosure agreements, according to a whistleblower complaint… ). Full Text Link Reference Murphy, S. … Continue reading

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National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals: Spotlight Audit on Psychotropic Medication (HQIP / RCP)

Summary The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and Royal College of Psychiatrists have published a spotlight audit on the use of psychotropic medicines in the care of people with dementia in general hospitals in England and Wales. Psychotropic medication may … Continue reading

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