Older People’s Day 2013

Posted under Blog on September 13th, 2013 by Editorial Team / No Comments

UK Older People’s Day will take place on 1 October 1st 2013, to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The aim of the day is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and to the economy. The initiative encourages individuals and organizations to work together in organizing events and gatherings all over the country that enhance community spirit for people of all ages.

Last year it is estimated that over a million people took part in over 6,000 events across the UK. Events varied from smaller local activities to month-long festivals offering different opportunities to meet new people, share skills and stay healthy and active.

This year’s campaign will focus on challenging negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes surrounding the elderly, with events nationwide ensuring that people understand some of the difficulties that older people face and what can be done to help them. Workshops are also available for carers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, allowing people to share experiences and provide better care for their loved ones.

A range of events will take place around the UK to mark the day including exercise demonstrations, coffee mornings, walks and concerts. Both communities and individuals are encouraged to take part in organizing events that cater for all interests. For example, one family in Lancashire has organised a fun run called Race2Remember with the aim of raising awareness of dementia. The run has attracted participants of all ages and proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The British government and other supporting groups, under the “Full of Life” slogan, have made UK Older People’s Day the focus of a wide program of activity celebrating later life.

Further information can be found at www.olderpeoplesday.co.uk

Tags: Alzheimer's Awareness, Alzheimer's Events, older people's day

Louis Theroux and dementia

Posted under Blog on April 30th, 2012 by Editorial Team / No Comments

Last week Louis Theroux’s television programme Extreme Love – Dementia aired on the BBC. The programme explored the struggles and triumphs of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as he strived to “experience their life first hand”.

Meeting couples and families in Phoenix, Arizona, the show provided an insight into the disease and its effect on relationships. It highlighted the every day difficulties faced by sufferers, from dialling a telephone number to recognising a spouse or son. By meeting real people with dementia and exploring their lives, the producers showed the hardships and complexity of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.

As Louis took on the responsibilities of carer John Vaughan the devastating impact of the disease was clearly demonstrated. Nancy Vaughan (aged 89) has trouble remembering her own name, let alone the fact that she is married. John has taken to wearing a name tag to help Nancy identify him and carries a wedding photo so that, in her confused moments, he can prove to her that they are married.

Aged 88, John is the full-time carer for someone with many of the same needs as an adult-sized toddler.

The show brought to light the reality of Alzheimer’s disease in a moving and interesting way, both increasing awareness and raising its public profile.

Explore this site for the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Awareness, dementia, extreme love, Louis Theroux

Revolutionary new brain scan has potential to detect earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Posted under Blog on September 15th, 2011 by Editorial Team / No Comments

Accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages, before symptoms fully develop, has become a potential reality early last week as a revolutionary brain-scanning technique was unveiled.

Currently diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is based upon assumption through identification of symptoms and ruling out of other diseases such as cancer or depression. A definitive verdict is only apparent after death when brain samples can be obtained and tested for beta-amyloid plaques.

The scan, involving the compound Flutemetamol, which highlights affected brain areas, is now entering its final clinical trial stages. If successful the technique could be in use by the end of 2012.

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Tags: Alzheimer's Awareness



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