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Mayor's life didn't stop after dementia diagnosis

Grandmother Sandra Hambleton is proof there is life after dementia.  Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease two years ago, she did anything but shut herself away.  Instead, she rose to the highest-profile public office in her area, becoming Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Sandra, aged 71, has just stepped down as mayor of the borough and admits that, besides successfully fulfilling 400 to 500 engagements, she used the year to bring understanding of the illness and hope to fellow sufferers.

Research to explore gene’s role in dementia risk

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded scientists at Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford a £1.75 million grant to work with Children of the 90s to study how a specific genetic variant known to increase risk for dementia affects the brain.

The researchers – from Cardiff, Bristol and Oxford universities – are combining their expertise to study how patterns of brain structure and activity in early adulthood might be linked to increased risk of dementia in later life.

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.

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