Category Archives: dementia

Technology could help people with dementia remain in their homes

Voting for dementia in the Longitude Prize could help revolutionise care
As well as the trumpet-playing kind, Toyota are experimenting with assistive robots.

Dementia affects an increasing number of people: in 2012, 800,000 people in the UK had a form of dementia. The cost to the British economy, estimated at £23bn a year by the Alzheimer’s Society, is now greater than cancer, strokes and heart disease combined. Finding a solution that can both alleviate the pressures on society and allow people with dementia to live with dignity is crucial; this is why it should win the public vote to decide the focus of the Longitude prize 2014.

Carers unveil new book offering support

Barbara Shearer (Mayfield), Wanda Gosz (Penicuik) and Patricia Thorp (Mayfield) at the launch of the new booklet

Midlothian carers have put pen to paper to produce a new booklet aimed at supporting people who care for those with dementia.

The booklet was launched as part of National Carers’ Week.

How Norfolk’s hidden carers are missing out on help

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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Carer John Cook and his wife Maureen who has dementia. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Jack Diplock-Cass is the Young Carers Champion at Great Yarmouth College. He helps look after his two brothers.

One in nine people in Norfolk is thought to be a carer, but many fail to recognise themselves as such and are missing out on vital help.

Young carer Jack Diplock-Cass

Jack Diplock-Cass didn’t realise he was a young carer until last year.

The 18-year-old helps his mum look after his brothers Sean, 17, who has deficits in attention, motor control and perception, and Colby, 10, who has autism.

While Jack, who lives near Northgate Street in Great Yarmouth, had done his best to cope, the strain took its toll on his social life, schoolwork and his health.