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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.

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.