Dementia in the News
We have scanned newspapers across the world and included links to articles that focus on dementia.
Sean Connery's widow donates £740,000 for research into dementia (The Scotsman, 14th February 2022)
Sir Sean Connery's widow, Micheline, has donated $1m to a dementia charity to help find a cure for the degenerative disease. The global charity, Race Against Dementia was set up by Sean's close friend Sir Jackie Stewart whose wife Helen was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2014. James Bond actor, Sean, died in his sleep in October 2020 after being diagnosed with dementia in later years.
Podcast delves into lives of those with Alzheimer's, memory loss (Times Colonist, 10th February 2022)
The University of Victoria has released a new podcast series that gives listeners an insight into the lives of people living with Alzheimer's and memory loss - from how they find joy by living in the present, to how they manage to stay in love when everything is changing. 'The Call to Mind' series of four episodes podcasts, illustrates the unique challenge facing these families right now, while also underlying the hope that is present.
Scottish Government study on the impact of the Covid on people living with dementia (The Press and Journal, 10th February 2022)
The Scottish Government study is the first of its kind in the UK and examined the impact of the pandemic on people with dementia. The study found there was a spike in excess deaths in the first wave of the pandemic, particularly in care homes, which decreased in later waves..."This could indicate that the infection prevention measures and other restrictions put in place to protect care home residents and, in particular; the decision to prioritise care homes residents and staff for vaccination, had a significant positive impact".
Experiences of Eight year old son living with 'Childhood Alzheimer's' in Cornwall (Daily Mail, 2nd February 2022)
Mari Barnes, 40, from Cornwall said her son struggles to recognise her, diagnosed with Sanfillipo, he can no longer communicate with his parents or remember every day words.
People living with dementia who see the same GP tend to be in better health (Daily Mail, 25th January 2022)
A study at the University of Exeter looking at 9000 people living with dementia found that if they saw the same GP they were 9.7% less likely to be admitted into hospital within a year and 35% less likely to experience severe confusion commonly experienced by people with dementia. But a recent NHS survey found that 45% of people did not see their preferred GP.
Dementia may cause problems with money management years before diagnosis (National Institute on Aging, 14th January 2022)
A recent study at John Hopkins University found that dementia symptoms can result in people having trouble handling and paying bills, with repeated financial mistakes. The first large scale study of it's kind, looked at more than 81,000 participants. Finding that people living with dementia have more missed card payments early as 6 years before diagnosis and were likely to have lower credit scores after diagnosis.
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