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Living with Dementia 2008 Archive

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Living with dementia was launched as a magazine in September 2007 to replace the former Share and Living with Dementia newsletters, aimed at carers and people with dementia respectively. Living with dementia magazine incorporates content from the former newsletters.

Living with Dementia Magazine Dec 08/Jan09

December 2008/January 2009

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Dementia the 'jokester'
Fantasy author Terry Pratchett and former quantum chemist Graham Doggett describe life with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.
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Centre stage
A London-based theatre company is casting people with dementia in leading roles, leading to greater self-esteem and changed perceptions.
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Addressing end of life care
A team of researchers has embarked on a four-year programme of work to gain a greater understanding about this complex area of care.
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Living with Dementia coverpage November 2008

November 2008

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Out of the shadows
Fantasy author Terry Pratchett and other people with dementia reveal how stigma impacts on their lives in a new report launched by the Society. From losing friends to seeing people cross the road to avoid them, the experiences of people with dementia underline the urgent need for greater awareness.
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Coping strategies
How optimum organisation and a structured routine keeps one carer from losing control.
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Communication skills
New research reveals that people with dementia may understand more than people realise. Much depends on the way we communicate with them.
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Living with Dementia October 2008 coverpage

October 2008

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'We just clicked'
Carers who have been supporting each other online for the last four years met each other face-to-face for the first time.
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Alcohol and dementia
Read what our Head of Research has to say about alcohol consumption and the risk of developing dementia.
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The right to decide
Empowering people with dementia to make decisions for themselves is at the heart of the Mental Capacity Act. The article provides guidance on how to help people with dementia make their own decisions.
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Computer skills
Scientists in London are developing a computer programme aimed at helping to diagnose people with dementia earlier.
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September 2008

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Breaking through
An award-winning support project in Bradford is breaking down barriers for people with dementia in South Asian communities.
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The latest word in dementia research
The world's largest conference on dementia research took place in Chicago in July. Our Head of Research reports on some of the highlights.
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Planning for the future
How setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney can give you control over your future.
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Living with Dementia Magazine coverpage

August 2008

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A lifeline for carers
A pilot project in Surrey aimed at encouraging GP surgeries to do more to support carers is having positive results.
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The cost of care
Former carer Shirley Honey tells how she had to sacrifice basic needs to find the money to pay for her husband's care.
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Living with Dementia July 2008 cover page

July 2008

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Ready for reform
The day of action on 20 June saw protestors around the country take to the streets to demand a reform of the system of charging for care.
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Cafe Culture
A growing number of cafes for people with dementia are providing advice and support over a cuppa.
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Art therapy
Former carer Chris West discovered a talent for drawing late in life. She found that drawing helped her to come to terms with her late mother's dementia.
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May 2008Living with Dementia May 2008 coverpage

She made it!
A jubilant Elaine Moody - the first woman with dementia to run in the London Marathon on behalf of the Society - crossed the finishing line in April.
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Good practice - Carers as trainers
Training in dementia care is sorely lacking in the UK. In London, a group of carers are working to change clinical practice by educating medical students and trainee psychologists about the realities of dementia.
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Sharing the care
Bridget Kelly's condition improved immeasurably when she stopped living alone and moved in with both her daughters. Her family is delighted she has adapted so well.
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Genetic research
New research indicates that your chance of developing Alzheimer's doubles if both parents have the disease.
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Understanding hallucinations
Many people commonly mistake visual problems experienced by people with Alzheimer's disease for hallucinations. A new Society factsheet explains why these misunderstandings occur.
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Reason to hope
Improving services for people with dementia from early signs of dementia to end-of-life is the aim of a new research programme which is now recruiting participants. Professor Steve Iliffe explains more.
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April 2008

  • It's a first for Elaine
  • The quiet life
  • Poetry in motion
  • A price worth paying
  • Why miracle cures take time

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March 2008

  • Life goes on
  • Partners in care
  • One day at a time
  • The helmet heading for success?

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February 2008

  • A constant conflict
  • A year in research
  • Campaign update
  • In praise of volunteers
  • Coping with oral neglect

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