Dementia sufferers stay at home with specialist care

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 06/08/2020 - 4:55pm

PEOPLE living in south Devon who suffer from dementia can be cared for at home thanks to a specialist training scheme being run by a care provider in the area (June 2020).

Dementia sufferers can receive care where they live, rather than having to go into a residential home, with the help of trained carers working for Guardian Homecare in Exeter.

Catherine Porter, Manager for Guardian Homecare said: “We believe supporting people with dementia is extremely important as it enables them to retain their independence and lead fulfilled lives.

“We now train all our social...

Exeter dementia researchers take on 300km running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 06/01/2020 - 6:16pm

A group of eight dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are aiming to run over 301km – the distance between their laboratory and the Alzheimer’s Research UK head office in Cambridge - before the end of the summer to raise money for pioneering dementia research.

The scientists have all signed up for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia challenge.

Running Down Dementia challenges people to run, walk or jog either 100km (Pioneer), 300km (Epic) or their own choice of distance (Maverick) before the end of August to raise money for the UK’s leading...

Bluebird Care Exeter teams up with dementia champion to create a video about supporting people with dementia during the pandemic

Authored by Stephanie Darkes
Posted: Wed, 05/20/2020 - 7:59pm

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the significant impact it has had on people living with dementia and those caring for them, Bluebird Care Exeter wanted to provide ideas and support to make life during the current crisis a little easier.

William Flint, Director of Bluebird Care Exeter said: "As part of our response to the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to find a way to actively address the struggles that many people living with dementia, and those who provide care to them - both professional carers and family carers - are currently dealing with.

"We are extremely...

Exeter Dementia Alliance

Exeter Dementia Alliance reflects on five years of learning and seven weeks of lockdown

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 05/14/2020 - 1:00pm

The Exeter Dementia Alliance was originally set up to reduce the stigma and misconceptions of dementia by raising local awareness, educating and working with partners towards a more dementia friendly city.

EDAA were due to celebrate their five year anniversary today (Thursday 14th May) at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, but the event was postponed like so many in recent weeks.

Gina Awad, founder and lead of the alliance said: "As we reflect on our journey, like so many organisations and people at this time, we can look back with pride while considering how the ongoing...

New app helping families caring for those with dementia during lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:19pm

A new app released in 2020 is helping carers of those living with dementia to generate fun and joyous activities to keep minds active during lockdown. Produced by Active Minds , Support for Care has over 200 different activities suitable for different stages of the dementia journey which can be conducted within the home.

The app seeks to make activity idea generation easier for those caring for someone living with dementia, to vary offerings and help to improve quality of life and wellbeing. It can be common for activities to become recycled, and the Support for Care app wants to...

Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/27/2020 - 11:39am

New guidance has been developed as part of a major project to support people with dementia and family carers who are facing isolation and reduced services as a result of COVID-19.

A new leaflet features five simple tips, developed using the latest robust research and with the input of people affected by dementia. The leaflet is part-funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in a project led by the University of Exeter and the NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit, with partners including Alzheimer’s Society, Manchester University, Bradford...

Art created by people living with dementia displayed in Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:16am

Banners created by people living with dementia who worked with a trio of well-known artists will be on display in Exeter until the end of March.

The banners, including one developed by members of Age UK Exeter’s Budding Friends group, are on show as a special exhibit in Exeter Library.

Photographer Ian Beesley, poet Ian McMillan, and cartoonist Tony Husband worked with people living with dementia and their carers to create the banners as part of the ‘A Life More Ordinary’ project which originated from research at the University of Exeter. The project aims to support people...

Exeter in global initiative to use wearables to revolutionise dementia detection 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:53am

The University of Exeter is part of a global initiative to revolutionise the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Led by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the project will harness and analyse a wealth of digital data to develop signatures of disease – or “fingerprints” – that can be then detected using wearable technologies, such as smart watches. The collaboration aims to secure at least £67m over the first six years, with an ambition to attract up to £100m of total investment by 2030 to build and trial its diagnostic device on a large scale. Initial funds...

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter.

Exeter area care provider champions dementia techniques

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:28am

EXPERTS at a leading south Devon care provider are championing a variety of innovative techniques this month (February 2020) to care for people with dementia living at home in the county.

Guardian Homecare, operating in the Exeter area, says it is important to use different methods for those with the condition and has rolled these out as part of its staff training.

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter says: “We have worked with people with dementia for many years and through this we have developed a variety of techniques, which can be used when caring for someone...

Devon woman shaves head for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 6:24am

Sally Chapman from Chudleigh celebrated her birthday this year by having her head shaved to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Sally, who turned 55, was inspired by her father who had vascular dementia.

In the build up to her head shave, Sally raised over £1300 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which powers world-class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

Sally says “When...