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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.

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.