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A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his backing to help local councils become ‘dementia friendly’.
Ian Sherriff BEM, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia in the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Health, travelled to Number 10 with fellow Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, journalist, and TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Ian, a leading figure in dementia policy and research nationally and internationally, discussed his work to make life easier for people with the condition, including a recent project with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).
Earlier this year, Ian and N.A.L.C surveyed all 10,000 local (parish and town) councils to find out what...Read more
Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown
New guidance has been developed as part of a major project to support people with dementia and family carers who are facing isolation and reduced services as a result of COVID-19.
A new leaflet features five simple tips, developed using the latest robust research and with the input of people affected by dementia. The leaflet is part-funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in a project led by the University of Exeter and the NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit, with partners including...Read more
Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University of Plymouth and founder member of the Plymouth University Dementia Group has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. A leading figure in dementia care and research and ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, Ian’s award has been made in recognition of his services to people affected by dementia.
Ian, whose role within Alzheimer’s Society sees him travel the country to work with people to become Dementia Friends, said: “I’m completely blown away by the honour, and it’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved...Read more
A Plymouth-designed app that helps to carry out dementia screening tests has been named a winner at the world's largest healthcare awards programme, the HSJ Awards.
In a record pool of 1,500 applications, ACEmobile, developed by Dr Craig Newman from the University of Plymouth and Dr Rupert Noad from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, was named the winner of the ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ category at the ceremony at the Intercontinental at London’s O2 on 21 November.
ACEmobile is the first tool of its kind, supporting doctors and nurses through the whole process of a common dementia screening assessment known as...Read more
A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers.
Led by the University of Plymouth, the £2.7m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will develop a person-centred package of care in GP surgeries, focused on the introduction of one dementia expert (support worker) to link to the rest of the patient’s clinical team.
The research project is supported by PenCLAHRC and is being managed by Dr Val Mann, Associate Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at...Read more
Dorothy Tudor has cared for her partner Bob since he was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago. Watching the smiley, fun-loving carpenter transform into someone who no longer recognises her, Dorothy has been ‘floundering’ for support with nowhere to turn.
Here, she tells her story – and explains how introducing dementia support workers into GP surgeries could help ease the burden on people in a similar position. Dementia support workers exist in some organisations, but their role is not streamlined or consistent. New research to explore how to introduce them into primary care is being led by the University of Plymouth,...Read more
People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.
PenCLAHRC supported The University of Exeter Medical School’s study which analysed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world.
The study builds on previous research which had established the link between stroke and dementia, though had not quantified the degree to which stroke actually increased dementia risk. To better understand the link between the two, researchers analysed 36 studies where participants had a history of stroke, totalling data from 1.9 million people. In...Read more
A project led by the Evidence Synthesis Team, which aims to improve our understanding of how best to help people with dementia and their loved ones in hospital, has been covered on BBC Spotlight.
The study, entitled “Caring about Care - Improving the Experience of Care for People with Dementia in Hospital”, is a partnership between The University of Exeter, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust (DPT).
“Caring about Care” aims to improve experiences of care in hospitals for people with dementia, their carers, and hospital staff. The research comes following a poll by Alzheimer’s Society, which showed that...Read more
A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.
The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that good relationships, social engagement, better everyday functioning, good physical and mental health, and high-quality care were all linked to better quality of life for people with dementia.
Professor Linda Clare, at the University of Exeter, said:
“This research supports the identification of national priorities for supporting people to live as well as possible with dementia. While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments,...Read more
PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Iain Lang, has commented on a new study published in The Lancet Public Health, which provides evidence to suggest that people who drink excessively are putting themselves at serious risk of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Lead by Michaël Schwarzinger, MD, the study used the French National Hospital Discharge database to examine over a million people diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. More than a third – 38% of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia – were found to be directly alcohol-related and 18% had an additional diagnosis of alcohol use disorders. Alcohol use disorders were concluded...Read more