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Living with dementia magazine archive 2011

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November 2011

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Waste not, want not
Carer Jeanne Rault has looked after her husband John at home for ten years. Here she shares some of her tips on how to get by for less.
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Support at the front line
Alzheimer's Society has published a new guide for homecare workers which offers practical advice and information about dementia.
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The Care Quality Commission: a view from the top

This month Luke Bishop interviews Dame Jo Williams who chairs the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator for health and social care in England
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October 2011

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Keeping it in the family
Caring for a person with dementia, being a single parent and studying for a degree could all be full-time occupations in their own right. But Simone Daniel has become an expert at balancing all three with a little help from her family and friends.
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Putting a price on change
In last month's Living with dementia (page 11) we outlined the recommendations made in Andrew Dilnot's report. These recommendations aim to reform the way adult social care is paid for, making it fairer, simpler and stopping people paying exorbitant costs.
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Reducing agitation through pain relief
Agitated behaviour is a common symptom of dementia but it is often not treated in the best way. But now researchers in Norway have shown that people with dementia treated with pain medication had their agitation significantly reduced, on average, by 17 per cent.
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August/September 2011

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The wonderful world of opera
Singing, dancing, acting - it's all in a day's work for people with dementia who starred in their own opera thanks to support from the Welsh National Opera.
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Calling all carers
New information and support workshops for carers are being launched by the Society in autumn and carers who attended the pilot sessions have given them the thumbs up.
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Questions about care homes?
How often should I visit Dad? What advice can you give about choosing care homes? How can I deal with guilt? These are just some of the questions many people have about care homes.
Our online community Talking Point is one place to find answers.
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July 2011Living with dementia July 2011

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Are you eligible?
A group of Society volunteers is successfully helping people to reclaim their entitlements to NHS continuing healthcare funding. If people are eligible, all their care is paid for by the NHS - so it's worth knowing about.
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A real tonic
Gardening enthusiast Dr Catherine Horwood reflects on the benefits of gardening and recommends it as an activity for people with dementia and carers.
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Breaking barriers
An ambitious project to reach out to communities in one of London's most diverse boroughs has proved successful in increasing understanding of dementia and bringing people together.
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A helping hand
For many people with dementia, retaining their skills and independence is vital to their quality of life. Assistive technology can help people to achieve these goals and live in their own homes for longer.
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Being prepared
It's quite natural for people to avoid thinking about the end of their lives but for people with dementia, there are clear benefits to planning ahead. Peter Ashley, who is living with dementia, shares his views.
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Stepping up the pace

Developing a new drug treatment from scratch is time consuming and vastly expensive. The Society has come up with a clever way of s

aving time and money in the race to find new treatments for dementia.
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Sharing the caring
Two carers both determined to care for their loved ones at home explain the events that led to them moving into long-term care.
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Living with dementia magazine May 2011

May 2011

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Depression and dementia
Depression is common among people with dementia, but there are simple ways of alleviating the symptoms.
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Caring for Wally
Carer Margaret Stirling was determined to care for her husband, Wally, alone, but his dementia made him so restless that in the end she could no longer cope. Here, she tells her story and encourages carers to get all the support they can.
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April 2011

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Creature comforts
The value of having pets in care homes is being realised by many care staff and families, who find they can trigger memories, reduce agitation and provide a welcome topic for conversation.
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Making a difference
Valerie Guthrie, Pratheep Suntaramoorthy and Bob Tann are all volunteers for the Society. Here, they talk about why they volunteer and what they get out of it.
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Action on antipsychotics
Too many people with dementia are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs unnecessarily. The Society is developing best practice guidance for GPs in a bid to stop their overuse.
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March 2011

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Improving hospital care
Involving carers, training staff and using brightly-coloured cups are just a few of the measures being taken in hospitals to improve the quality of care for people with dementia.
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Support from the word go
Our Dementia Adviser service provides one-to-one support to over 8,000 people with dementia. Here, two people with dementia talk about the difference Dementia Advisers make to their lives.
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'We had no idea it was dementia'
For years, Callum Campbell's family put off seeking help as they didn't recognise the symptoms of dementia. Here, his wife Frances talks about the support they now receive following a diagnosis, and how they wish they had gone to the GP sooner.
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Protecting yourself from scams
People with dementia are among those most at risk of being victims of scams.
Helpline Adviser Sam Cox outlines some common scams and offers advice on how people can protect themselves.
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February 2011

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Sex and dementia
Helpline adviser Alex Clay offers advice for a concerned caller whose brother is no longer welcome at a care home after climbing into a resident's bed
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Coping with sight loss
In the first of a series of articles on the different diseases that cause dementia, we asked a couple living with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) to share their tips on how to remain independent
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Care at home

From high praise in Sheffield to an ongoing battle in South Gloucestershire, we talk to two people about their experiences of care at home.
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Facing the future
Planning ahead for end of life care is not an easy task. However, doing so can help to improve the treatment and care of people at this difficult time. A peer support service in London is helping carers think about making decisions in advance.
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