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New report says attitudes to dementia must change

A report launched on 19 March 2014 has highlighted that one in three people diagnosed with dementia are left feeling isolated, lonely and segregated from life.

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28 March 2014

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The Good Care Group exhibit at Alzheimer’s Show in London

The Good Care Group is delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Alzheimer’s Show being held at Olympia in London 16-17 May 2014.

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28 March 2014

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Recognising the role of the specialist dementia nurse in the community

Dementia continues to make media headlines. Following the G8 Dementia Summit late last year, the Health Secretary pledged to double the Government’s research funding for dementia by 2025, to £132m.

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19 March 2014

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Report: Urgent elderly care reform needed

The King’s Fund’s recent report, ‘Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population’, reveals that the UK’s health and social care services are failing to meet the needs of an ageing population.

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14 March 2014

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Sally Magnusson calls for dementia care changes

TV presenter Sally Magnusson, daughter of the late Mastermind presenter Magnus Magnusson, has spoken out against the treatment of those with dementia during a recent appearance at The Independent Bath Literature Festival.

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14 March 2014

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The Good Care Group wins home care accolade for second year running

It’s already a winning year for The Good Care Group! On Wednesday 12th March we won Laing & Buisson’s Specialist Care award for best home care provider for our outstanding contribution to home care during 2013.

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14 March 2014

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The Good Care Group exhibit at this year’s MS Life

The Good Care Group, providers of high quality care at home are exhibiting at this year’s MS Life exhibition in Manchester on 26 & 27 April 2014.

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14 March 2014

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Health Secretary promises dementia care revolution

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to transform the UK into a “global leader” in the fight against dementia. Hunt is aiming that, by March 2015, elderly people in the UK suspected to be suffering from dementia will be diagnosed within 6 weeks.

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10 March 2014

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DementiaVitamin E may be beneficial for those with dementia

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has recently published a study which suggests that those with mild to moderate symptoms of Alzheimer’s could benefit from high daily doses of vitamin E, which could slow their rate of decline.

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21 February 2014

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Promising trials for Parkinson’s gene therapy

A new type of gene therapy devised by Professor Nicholas Mazarakis, head of Gene Therapy at the Division of Brain Sciences at London’s Imperial College, has revealed results of its first human tests in The Lancet. The therapy, designed to treat Parkinson’s disease, delivers 3 genes into the area of the brain responsible for controlling movement, the striatum, using a modified virus which is closely related to HIV. The idea is that the genes will boost the body’s production of the chemical dopamine, in which Parkinson’s sufferers are deficient. The therapy hopes to offer a long-term solution which will stimulate ongoing dopamine production in a different group of cells. The treatment was first tested on rats and then primates, with surprising results, enabling movement in monkeys that had been disabled before treatment commenced. 15 trial participants were selected for the tests – 12 from France and 3 from the UK – all with advanced Parkinson’s disease. The results show that participant’s scores on movement assessment tests increased by an average of 30%, with results sustained over a 4 year follow up. Scans over this period revealed that participant’s brains were continuing to produce dopamine. More extensive trials will take place once the delivery method and dose has been optimised by researchers.

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21 February 2014

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Stretch your legs to grow your brain

A recent study carried out has shown that taking a regular brisk walk could slow down brain shrinkage and increase the size of parts of the brain linked to memory and planning.

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21 February 2014

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Could strokes be triggered by changes in the weather?

Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have discovered a link between cold weather and risk of stroke – the study results showed that cooler temperatures and variation in temperature meant people were more likely to suffer a fatal stroke.

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21 February 2014