Monthly Archives: May 2013

Norfolk: Leonard Chesire Disability’s Cycle Event will raise funds for a great cause


Ride at Norfolk’s Sandringham Estate will provide a family day out and will raise funds for a great cause

Cycle Together Sandringham will take place on Sunday, June 23 to raise money for respite hotel Park House Hotel.

Organised by national disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, the event will see hundreds of cyclists take to the picturesque roads around north-west Norfolk, taking in recognisable landmarks including Sandringham Estate, Holkham and Houghton Halls and Bircham Windmill.

Dementia is not just a problem for old people

PATIENTS as young as 40 have been diagnosed with dementia in Plymouth.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Plymouth Herald

The shocking age shows why state-of-the-art services are available in the city.

Sara Mitchell, right, the Plymouth Community Healthcare lead on dementia services, said: “Recently we had two gentleman aged about 40 and a woman who was 42. Generally speaking it’s 65 and over.

“But we’ve had some very young people recently.

“We’ve seen rates increase in the last five years and we expect that trend to continue as we all live longer.”

Dementia care in Plymouth has three strands – a memory service, a complex care team and the Edgcumbe ward at Mount Gould Hospital.

Ms Mitchell explained: “The memory service sees patients who are referred from GPs with significant memory problems diagnosis.

“Then they will be seen at fairly regular intervals and monitored and see how their dementia progresses.

“Medication can slow the process down but the deterioration varies massively from person to person.”

Dementia Awareness Week: a family carer's message to professionals

Carers should be recognised as advocates and their views integrated into assessments and care packages


Relationships are based on memory, says Ming Ho, but people with dementia may come to view loved ones as strangers.

Every week or day of the year, it seems, is designated to remind us of some issue or medical condition. The public, and indeed care professionals, could be forgiven for awareness fatigue. So what is particular to dementia that sets it apart from all these other claims on our attention?

Well, firstly the stats. According to the UK Alzheimer’s Society 2013 data, there are now more than 800,000 people in this country with some form of dementia; one in three over 65 will develop it, the incidence increasing with age. There are already 10 million people over 65 in the UK and 3 million over 80. This latter figure is projected to almost double by 2030. Thus everyone is likely to know someone affected, directly or indirectly. As a care professional, even if you are not a specialist, you will probably come into daily contact with at least one person with dementia.