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Older adults with probable dementia often take part in unsafe activities

Older adults with signs of probable dementia but no formal diagnosis are much more likely to drive, cook and manage their medications and finances than those with a formal diagnosis, which may be unsafe, according to a new study.

“Just because someone has dementia doesn’t mean they can’t do these things on their own. But if both physicians and families are aware, then they can get safeguards in place,” said study leader Dr. Halima Amjad of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in Baltimore.

Drama illuminates reality of living with dementia

A brand new play challenging perceptions of people living with dementia will tour Wales in May and June this year.

Re-Live, a Welsh-based theatre company whose ethos it is to create theatre and ‘life story work’ with people at the margins of society, will perform a production entitled Belonging in nine towns and cities across the country, including Brecon on Wednesday, June 8.

Dementia genes study breakthrough hope

Scientists at Cardiff University say they are on the verge of an "enormously exciting" breakthrough in understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease.

Their study will suggest the body's own immune system could be attacking brain cells of those genetically susceptible. It builds on global studies identifying 30 genes linked to the disease.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Work begins on design project for dementia

International researchers gathered in the Midlands to start work on a ground-breaking new design project, ‘MinD’, which will benefit people with dementia.
Representatives from Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia spent two weeks in the UK to learn more about mindfulness and how it can be applied with design to help people with dementia.
The visitors were hosted partly by the University of Wolverhampton (the project coordinator) and partly by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

New theatre dramas tackle dementia taboos in Wales

Two new dramas are hoping to raise awareness of the impact dementia has on Welsh communities.

Belonging is touring Wales while Before I Leave by National Theatre Wales opens at Sherman Cymru in Cardiff next week.

Patrick Jones, who wrote Before I Leave, said he was inspired by choirs set up for people with dementia.

Read more on the BBC News website.