Shining a Light on Dementia: 2021 calendar now on sale

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 9:59pm

Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) have joined forces for a second time to create their 2021 ‘Shining A Light On Dementia’ desk calendar, illustrated by the Cartoonist Tony Husband.

Gina Awad, EDAA Lead said “our 2019 calendar was such a success we decided to create another due to popular demand. It’s been such a tough year for everyone and in these times it is so important to raise awareness of how the condition impacts the person living with dementia and those caring for them. We hope our calendar can achieve this with a smile and a tear. It’s been so refreshing working...

£1.2 million to roll-out dementia care home programme to COVID-hit sector

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/07/2020 - 10:36pm

£1.2 million in government funding will help researchers develop an innovative online programme to improve and personalise care for people with dementia in care homes, which were hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

Many of the 400,000 people living in care homes in the UK have dementia, mental health or neuropsychiatric symptoms, and a number of physical illnesses. They are at particularly high risk of developing severe COVID-19, and providing support is challenging for care staff who are facing a difficult, distressing and isolated work environment.

The award, from the...

‘Exhausted’ family and friends in South West spent 9.4 million extra hours caring for loved ones with dementia since lockdown

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 10/04/2020 - 6:05pm

Family and friends of people living with dementia across the South West have put in 9.4 million extra caring hours since lockdown began, an Alzheimer’s Society investigation reveals.

The shocking figure has been blamed on the double whammy of lockdown making dementia symptoms worse, and the chronically underfunded social care system leaving them nowhere else to turn.

Nationally, the charity estimates family and friends have spent an extra 92 million hours caring for loved ones with dementia since 23 March.

In its new report ‘ Worst hit: dementia during...

Walk your own way to beat dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 08/23/2020 - 12:10am

TV presenter and Alzheimer’s Society supporter Ruth Langsford is urging people across the South West to step out in support of the charity.

The UK’s leading dementia charity is calling on 3,112 people across the region – a combined number that attended last year’s Memory Walks in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth and Bournemouth – to take part in a very different version of its most popular fundraiser.

With the Coronavirus pandemic bringing large fundraising events to a halt, the charity is seeking to replicate 2019’s success with hundreds of smaller walks.

For Ruth...

World Alzheimer’s Month

Worried about dementia? Devon carers offer free expert tips

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Fri, 08/21/2020 - 10:56am

TO HELP mark World Alzheimer’s Month next month (September 2020) the team from a Devon home care provider is offering expert advice to people on spotting the condition’s early warning signs.

Guardian Homecare carers, who care for people in the Exeter and Torbay areas, are trained to recognise dementia and they wish to share their knowledge to help raise awareness.

Catherine Porter who manages Guardian Homecare, which cares for people in the Exeter and Torbay areas, explains: “The Alzheimer’s Society says there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to...

Dementia could be prevented or delayed by 40 per cent by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 08/20/2020 - 11:37am

Experts have increased the number of lifestyle factors known to influence our risk of developing dementia from nine to 12. Taking action on these factors across the life course could delay or prevent the condition in 40 per cent of people who would otherwise develop dementia.

Professor Clive Ballard, of the University of Exeter, is an author on an update to The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care , which is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2020).

The report highlights nine recommendations for...

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...