Climbing Snowdon to battle Dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:25am

An Exeter man is set to join a determined group of fund-raisers who are planning a midnight trek to the peak of Mount Snowdon to raise funds to help find a cure for dementia.

Stoke Canon resident Andrew Harris’ mum Jackie was diagnosed with vascular dementia three years ago and is cared for on a day to day basis by her 84 year-old husband Douglas.

37-year-old Andrew, who works in the IT department at Gregory Distribution, said: “My sister, Melissa and I help out at any opportunity. Although diagnosis and treatment are available there is no cure, yet. We have found it...

Dementia drop-in centre opens in Topsham

Authored by Sallie.rutledge
Posted: Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:12pm

A new information dementia drop in centre has been opened at Topsham Pharmacy and is open on Thursdays between 10am and noon.

Run by volunteers, it is somewhere people to come to find out what support maybe available to them and generally answer any questions they may have on dementia.

Sallie Rutledge who runs The Mede and Seaward House (holiday and day support for people with dementia) in Topsham says: "There's little help at times for the carer and they can feel very isolated.

"We are hoping carers will come to us and tell us what they need....

Home from Home for people with dementia

Authored by Sallie.rutledge
Posted: Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:58pm

A holiday home in Topsham called The Mede that supports people living with dementia and offers a specialist activity club next door, was recently selected as a finalist in the business category for The Alzheimer's Society "Dementia Friendly Awards" .

With recent news that the number of people with dementia could triple by 2050, there is an ever more pressing need for facilities that offer support.

Sallie Rutledge, mother of three, opened The Mede five years’ ago to enable carers and their loved ones to have holidays, after her own father in law was diagnosed...

Dementia centre of excellence completed

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:43am

Work to redevelop a Devon County Council residential care home in Newton Abbot into a modern, state-of-the-art centre of excellence for people with dementia has finished two weeks ahead of schedule.

Mapleton was developed in partnership with the University of Stirling Dementia Centre, which is nationally recognised for setting the standards for dementia-friendly buildings. Devon-based Midas was in charge of the construction and building work.

The £1.5 million project, which started in July 2013, included major alterations and an extension to the care home, parts of which...

Low vitamin D boosts dementia risk

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:23pm

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.

An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The team studied elderly Americans who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study. They discovered that adults in the study who were moderately deficient...

Exeter filmmaker's moving work

Authored by SueScott
Posted: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:41am

‘An unexpectedly affecting film’ – The Times ‘A complex, oddly moving portrait’ – The Guardian ‘Poignant and compelling’ - Bizarre

Exeter University filmmaker Toby Amies presents The Man Whose Mind Exploded Picturehouse Cinema, Exeter, July 1, 6.30pm

When you can’t remember yesterday, why worry about tomorrow? The only time that matters is the present.

For Drako Zarharzar, a landmark eccentric on the Brighton scene – so well-known that you could find him on Google Maps - the philosophy of the now was a way of coping with the ‘broken recorder’ in his brain.


Pets As Therapy Visit Nursing Home

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Sat, 05/10/2014 - 7:37am

This week, the residents at Angela Court Nursing Home had a wonderful visit from Archie the dog. Archie is a beautiful black ‘Heinz 57’ who is more than happy to receive cuddles and strokes from the residents and staff. His calm temperament means that he loves spending time with people and was a huge hit with everyone at the home.

Using animals as therapy for those living with dementia is a very important activity, research shows that having animals around can have several beneficial results - animals can improve mood and behaviours as well as providing a calming influence. The...

Make Devon & Cornwall more dementia friendly

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:10pm

Alzheimer’s Society is this week launching brand new resources aimed at helping even more businesses and organisations to become dementia friendly.

A video which charts a day in the life of someone living with dementia and the challenges they face doing everyday tasks, such as going to the bank or shops, and aims to help people in customer facing roles understand how they can best support someone with dementia when they meet them.

This new tool is launched in the same month that Alzheimer’s Society launches the first Dementia Friendly Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Banking...

SW take action and raise awareness of Dementia

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47am

South West businesses, universities and local authorities are just a few of the organisations who have joined forces to raise awareness of Dementia and to improve the lives of those living with the disorder.

Some of the good work includes setting up cafes, singing and activity groups, becoming a Dementia Action Alliance, attending Dementia Friends awareness sessions and much more.

Organisations have rushed to become involved in raising awareness of Dementia since the Prime Minister's national challenge on Dementia two years ago.

The national challenge on Dementia...

Dementia-friendly high streets

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 03/06/2014 - 4:23pm

South West High streets are set to become ‘dementia friendly’ as several major retailers commit to offering their staff training to help those with the condition. The initiative launched by the Alzhiemer’s society will see staff at 60 Homebase and Argos stores as well as some branches of Marks and Spencer and Lloyds bank train to become ‘Dementia Friends’ who help people with dementia live more independently. Between them, they have committed to create over 121,500 Dementia Friends in shops and banks across the UK. Angie Newing, Regional Director for Alzheimer’s Society in the South West,...