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The importance of getting outside

We take it for granted that we can go outside when we want to, enjoying fresh air, sunlight, plants and trees – and it generally makes us feel much better, relieving stresses of everyday living. Yet people in hospital, people in care homes and especially those with dementia are all too often not able to do this. It seems that the benefits of being able to go outside need to be robustly justified for anyone to take them seriously and provide suitable outdoor space.

Internet video chat could help reduce agitation in people with dementia

Video chatting with relatives over the internet might be able to reduce the risk of nursing home residents with dementia becoming agitated or even aggressive, new research suggests.

Agitation in people with dementia is often linked to physical problems such as pain or infection, or mental problems such as schizophrenia or depression. But sometimes it is just because they have unmet needs, said Dr Daniel O'Connor, an expert in old age psychiatry.

Social activities and computer use linked to a reduction in memory decline

Keeping the brain active with social activities and using a computer may help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems.  This is according to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Forget-Me-Not garden to support people diagnosed with dementia

A garden to help people with dementia relax while they are in Broomfield Hospital in Essex has been officially opened.

The Forget-Me-Not garden, which was designed by Writtle College students, was once an unused area of hospital grounds but has now been transformed into a calm, sensory space.

Read more on the Braintree and Witham Times website.

First human rights charter for people with dementia

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson has launched Ireland’s first human rights charter for people with dementia.

The charter was drawn up by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Irish Dementia Working Group, a national advocacy group facilitated by the society.

Ms Robinson, a former UN human rights commissioner, said the charter is a welcome initiative in championing the human rights of both people with dementia and their carers.