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Abbeyfield’s Golden Gallery: Art & Soul exhibition

Dates: 16 Jun - 14 Oct 2016
Venue: Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries

Then touring to Nottingham City Arts, St Albans, Belfast

A pioneering new exhibition highlighting the therapeutic benefits art brings to older people - particularly those living with dementia and other medical conditions. National charity, The Abbeyfield Society, has been working with residents living at its houses and homes across the UK to create this stunning showcase of paintings, sculptures and textiles.

Dementia cannot be caught through blood transfusions, say scientists

Dementia cannot be caught through blood transfusions, a new study has shown. 

Last year researchers at University College London warned that some patients who had contracted Creuzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) through medical accidents also had Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that the diseases were transmitted at the same time.  They warned that ‘theoretically’ the seeds of dementia could be accidentally passed on through a blood transfusion.

But now a large study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found that there is no risk of transference.

Dementia damaged Ron's emotions. Then I took him chocolate shopping

As a Dementia Friend I gave Ron’s wife weekly respite and something even more precious: I helped him rediscover his ability to show her affection.

Once I was trained-up, I was introduced to Ron and his delightful wife, Mary. They had been together for more than 40 years and it soon became clear that Mary’s life revolved entirely around caring for her husband. She was always very friendly, cheerful and never complained but, as the months passed by, I could see she was under pressure.

Dementia supplements 'not backed up by evidence,' claim experts

Claims used to promote some supplements for preventing dementia or aiding brain health are not backed up by scientific evidence, according to a report.

A panel of experts tasked by the watchdog Which? to investigate the science behind a selection of supplements found “no robust evidence” linking ingredients such as Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin B and D and fish oil to preventing or reducing the risk of dementia.

RemArc - the BBC's experimental Reminiscence Archive

We wanted to use BBC archive material to benefit those of our audience members who have dementia, their families and their carers. We hope that amongst the 1500 items from our archives that are available on RemArc, there will be something that triggers a reminiscence for everyone. Having learned much about dementia and the benefits of reminiscence work from Dr. Norman Alm from the University Of Dundee, we were confident that the BBC’s archives could be put to good use in this area.