Dementia

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...

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter.

South Devon care provider champions dementia techniques

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:37am

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

Guardian Homecare, operating in Torbay and Exeter, 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...

£1.25 million boost puts Exeter at cutting-edge of genomics

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Tue, 12/10/2019 - 8:35am

A new, state-of-the-art genome sequencing platform will put Exeter on the cutting edge of research into the genomic basis of health and disease.

The Illumina NovaSeq sequencer has just been installed at the University of Exeter, part-funded by over £600,000 from the Wellcome Trust. The investment represents a significant upgrade to Exeter’s ability to sequence whole genomes faster and in much greater depth than before.

The award has also enabled Exeter to invest in technology for profiling the way genes are expressed – or “switched on” - in individual cells. It will enable...

Living Options Devon, Hearing Loss Conference - Influencing Future Decision makers

Unseen, Unwelcome, Unmentionable – Hearing Loss in Devon

Authored by LJBrowne
Posted: Wed, 11/20/2019 - 4:48pm

Did you know that one in six people (one in five in Devon) have hearing loss in the UK and for those over fifty this rises to four in ten? Hearing loss affects both children and adults, some people are born deaf, some loose hearing through an accident or subjection to loud noise and for others hearing can be a gradually loss over time. As a charity which supports Deaf (BSL Users) and people with disabilities, Living Options Devon regularly engages with its service users. The charity also facilitates service providers and encourages them to better support and improve services for those with...

Dementia in Devon set to soar by 39% in the next decade

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 11/15/2019 - 11:59am

The number of people with dementia in Devon is set to soar by 39%, warns a report published today, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science [1].

The report predicts that as our population ages, a higher proportion of people with dementia will have higher care needs for longer, driving up the average amount spent on care.

It shows more than 60% a year of social care costs in England will fall on people with dementia and their families. Previous research by Alzheimer’s Society has shown that someone with dementia will...

Experts unite to improve dementia research

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/13/2019 - 8:43am

Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.

The ARUK Deep Dementia Phenotyping (DEMON) Network is led by the University of Exeter and is supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Alan Turing Institute and Dementias Platform UK. It aims t o unite experts from a wide range of fields to find new solutions to research in dementia.

DEMON Network lead Professor David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical School and...

Creating a Dementia Friendly generation

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:20pm

What an informative and moving morning had by all at Cranbrook Education Campus.

The Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) spent the morning at Cranbrook raising dementia awareness and inspiring action.

Sara and Barrie Carless who are living with dementia accompanied Gina Awad, Lead of the alliance as they delivered Dementia Friends sessions reaching 75 8-11 year olds. This was followed by an assembly presentation by Gina to the secondary students illustrating the work of the alliance and future visits to Cranbrook.

Louise Telford, Deputy Head, said: “The students...

Manager for Guardian Homecare, Catherine Porter.

Spare a thought for the elderly this Bonfire night

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Sun, 10/20/2019 - 3:14pm

DEVONIANS planning Bonfire Night parties or fireworks displays this November (2019) are being urged to spare a thought for the elderly and vulnerable in their area before they host an event.

Guardian Homecare is asking people to inform any elderly neighbours they may have in their community of any potential parties and displays taking place.

Catherine Porter, who is a Manager at Guardian Homecare, which provides care in the Torbay and Exeter areas, said: “Bonfire night is a particularly frightening night for the elderly, as they often don’t like the associated loud noises,...

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