Dementia

Dementia researchers raise thousands for charity in epic bike challenge

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:12pm

Five dementia researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled over an epic 350 miles from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four day challenge.

The team has raised more than £11,000 towards their £12,000 target to boost the Society’s ground-breaking dementia research, and they still hope to achieve their goal. To donate, visit their Justgiving page.

Throughout the journey the group battled fickle weather conditions, from glorious sunshine, torrential rain and driving wind. All five cyclists endured physical struggles,...

Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:17pm

The more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life, a large-scale and robust online trial has found.

Experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over, submitted in an online trial. In research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017, the team asked participants how frequently they played word puzzles such as crosswords.

The study, one of the largest of its kind, used tests from...

Exeter researchers take on 350 mile cycle challenge to defeat dementia

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 05/20/2017 - 2:06pm

A team of six passionate dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are uniting against dementia and cycling 350 miles from London to Paris in a bid to raise £12,000 for the charity Alzheimer’s Society.

The team will embark on their challenge on 19 July this year with a view to arriving in Paris, and crossing the Tour de France finish on the Champs D'Elysee, four days later.

Most of the team were not regular cyclists – but they are now building up to take on a gruelling 100 miles per day in the saddle for four days straight, to raise money for a cause close to all...

Plea for support during Dementia Awareness Week

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:01am

Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.

People with dementia and their carers talk about the everyday challenges they face in living well with dementia. Although help from health and care services is vitally important, making it possible for people affected by dementia to live well will require help from people and organisations in their communities.

“That is where we come in” says Gina Awad of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA). “EDAA is a group of passionate people...

City council faces up to dementia

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:47pm

As more and more people are diagnosed with Dementia, Exeter City Council has revealed its commitment to the challenges faced by arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK and how it is helping those with dementia to access its services.

Last year the City Council became a member of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. In doing so, it joined over 50 organisations and businesses within Exeter, working to make the city dementia friendly.

Now the Council has mapped out how it is going to help those with the condition.

A number of the actions come about as a result...

City law firm supports art initiative

Authored by McQueenie Mulholland
Posted: Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:48am

A NEW initiative, which features artwork created by people living with dementia, has received support from legal firm Cartridges Law.

The company will be displaying work from local creative workshop Budding Friends in the foyer of its Cowick Street offices, in support of Age UK Exeter and dementia care in the local community.

The exhibition was launched at a private viewing with some of the artists, their family and friends, as well as the firm’s private client and reception teams. Everyone is invited to drop in and see the colourful displays.

Bridget Garrood,...

RAMM shortlisted for dementia-friendly award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:13pm

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) has reached the finals of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-Friendly Awards 2016.

The museum is one of three finalists in the Dementia Partnership of the Year in recognition of its work with Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s Franklyn Hospital.

The partnership has raised staff awareness and skill levels and generated new museum activities for people living with dementia.

The museum now offers dementia-friendly tours, behind-the-scenes visits to handle museum objects, and art activities for people with...

M&S and Exeter Dementia Alliance to spark something good for Exeter

Event Date: 
10/09/2016 - 10:00am
Venue: 
Exeter High Street

M&S and Exeter Dementia Alliance are calling on local people to roll up their sleeves and Spark Something Good in a week of volunteering that will positively impact 24 projects at the heart of the community in Exeter and Plymouth.

On Saturday 10 September, we are calling on volunteers to spend the day spreading awareness of dementia among members of the public. We want you to join us at M&S Exeter High Street. Together, we’ll give out information to the public, personally support shoppers with dementia and run an inspiring awareness session for local retailers

If...

M&S and Plymouth Dementia Alliance to spark something good

Event Date: 
07/09/2016 - 10:00am
Venue: 
Drake's Circus, Plymouth

M&S and Plymouth Dementia Alliance are calling on local people to roll up their sleeves and Spark Something Good in a week of volunteering that will positively impact 24 projects at the heart of the community in Exeter and Plymouth.

On Wednesday 7 September, we are calling on volunteers to spend the day spreading awareness of dementia among members of the public. We want you to join us at M&S Drake’s Circus. Together we’ll give out information to the public, personally support shoppers with dementia and run an inspiring awareness session for local retailers

If you...

Dementia expert is new Medical School Pro Vice-Chancellor

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:53am

A globally-renowned dementia and ageing expert who has headed up prestigious research facilities has been appointed as the new Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter Medical School.

Clive Ballard, Professor of Age-Related Diseases, will join Exeter from King’s College London, where he is Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit for Dementia at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Co-Director of the Wolfson Centre for Age...

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