Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dogs to help people with dementia

Dogs that make people with dementia more confident and a scent device to improve appetites are two designs that have won official approval


Dementia dogs can be trained to offer specialised support for people with dementia.

Five teams, £360,000 and 20 weeks to research and design a product or service to help people living with dementia. It sounds like something from The Healthcare Apprentice but the Design Council and Department of Health has unveiled five projects that they hope will significantly improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. They calculate that the combined social return value of the project will be £500m.

Among the projects is dementia dog, a programme training specially selected assistance dogs to improve the confidence, wellbeing and support of people with dementia; online tool grouple, which helps families plan and share the care of a person with dementia; and ode, a plug-in device that emits aromas at set times to improve appetite and eating patterns.

Alongside the buddiband, and trading times, the projects were selected from more than 150 entries to be given funding and support from an expert panel including Gill Ayling, deputy director of older people and dementia at the Department of Health, and Joshua Hardie, the head of corporate responsibility at Tesco.

Elderly care: politicians urged to ‘pull their heads out of the sand’

Party leaders are being urged to “pull their heads out of the sand” to reach agreement over the elderly care crisis.

By , Social Affairs Editor

11:28AM BST 27 Apr 2012


Campaigners urged politicians to rise “above politics” to after the leaders of every major council in England and Wales called on the main party leaders to act now to avoid “dangerous” delays in agreeing reform to elderly services.

In a letter to David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, they warned that services such as parks, libraries and leisure centres might soon have to close to fund their growing care responsibilities unless a new system can be agreed.

Britain on the breadline as thousands face food poverty

thousands face food poverty





Two new food banks are opening in Britain every week as people struggle to make ends meet




The impact of Britain’s economic downturn is forcing tens of thousands of ordinary families to queue up for food handouts.

One charity said today the number of people going to foodbanks has doubled in the last year.

Our Social AffairsEditor Penny Marshall has been to one in Coventry, which is among the fastestgrowing in the country:

Not many families say grace anymore, few even eat together. But as the church intervenes to guarantee thousands of families don’t go hungry, perhaps a few are whispering it under their breath.

The news that two new food banks are opening in Britain every week as people struggle to make ends meet should make each and every one of us pause and think.