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Alzheimer’s Society puts Dementia on the NI School Curriculum

Alzheimer’s Society has worked with the CCEA to put dementia on the school syllabus in Northern Ireland, with the aim of creating the first ever dementia friendly generation.  Please follow link for further information on this. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=2695


New choir in tune with people living with dementia

A new Canberra choir has been established to help reduce social isolation and provide an uplifting experience for people with dementia and their carers.  

"To see Ian singing these songs and looking so happy is just such a wonderful experience for us both because Alzheimer's is just taking away from him his whole language skills, his ability to communicate," she said.

"It's just been so marvellous to see the barriers being broken down within his mind.  

Eye and smell tests may reveal early dementia signs

Simple eye and smell tests could be used to spot dementia years before people experience memory symptoms, research suggests.

Researchers at Moorfields eye hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology found a link between poor cognitive ability – a “clear warning sign” of the early stages of Alzheimer’s – and the thickness of people’s retinal nerves.

In a trial of more than 33,000 participants who were tested on memory, reaction time and reasoning, eye scans showed the nerve fibre layer was significantly thinner among those who performed poorly on cognitive tests.

Exercise can change brain structure and reduce dementia risk

Getting regular exercise can lower the risk of cognitive decline and can even change our brain structure and improve its functioning, according to a new consensus statement issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH).

Brisk walking, cycling, strength training, and group exercise classes can provide brain health benefits, as well as overall health benefits.

Read more on the University of Exeter website.

Well-designed gardens can help people living with dementia

Over the summer months, when we are all spending more time in our gardens, it is worth remembering that outside areas can offer a lot to people with dementia.

But their design makes a big difference as to how they can be enjoyed in a safe, engaging way.

Read more on the Bournemouth Echo website.