Tag Archives: Kings College London

Systematic Review of Meaningful Activity for People With Dementia in Long-Term Care (Cochrane Database / NIHR Signal / PLoS Medicine)

Summary Mainstream opinion is nowadays in favour of providing personally-tailored meaningful activity for people with dementia in long-term care, as a means of improving mental wellbeing and quality of life, and / or reducing challenging behaviour without resort to antipsychotics. … Continue reading

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Physical Exercise (For Example Cycling) May Boost the Immune System (BBC News / Aging Cell / NHS England)

Summary Research indicates that physical activity improves the effectiveness of the body’s immune system, even in the elderly. “Being sedentary goes against evolution because humans are designed to be physically active”. Steve Harridge, King’s College London. Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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One Hour of Social Interaction Per Week Improves Dementia Care (NIHR / NHS Choices / PLoS Medicine)

Summary NIHR-funded research indicates that a modest amount of social interaction improves quality of life for people with dementia living in care homes. Agitation and aggression were reduced by these cost-effective means, and the quality of life in people with … Continue reading

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Study Into the Possible Effect(s) of Retirement on Memory / Cognitive Impairment (NHS Choices / European Journal of Epidemiology)

Summary An epidemiological study of civil servants who took part in the Whitehall II Study found that while all categories of cognition function tend to decline over time, verbal memory, in particular, appears to decline at a rate 38% faster … Continue reading

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Review of Factors Influencing Carers’ Quality of Life (Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary A review of literature on the factors likely to influence the quality of life for family carers of people with dementia discovered ten broad themes: Demographics. Carer-Patient Relationship(s). Dementia Characteristics. Demands of Caring. Carer Health. Carer Emotional Well-Being. Support … Continue reading

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New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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National Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health (PHE / King’s Fund / LSE PSSRU / UCL / CfMH / British Journal of Psychiatry / BBC News)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) has released a collection of related documents aimed primarily at local public health workers, designed to help identify cost-effective local mental health interventions. This new “concordat” tool aims to prevent mental health problems (a Five … Continue reading

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