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Understanding dementia through drama

A drama project has brought research on dementia to life for healthcare professionals as well as directly benefiting people with the condition. Cathy Bailey explains how.

High-fat diet in pregnancy linked to Alzheimer’s brain changes in offspring

A new study from scientists in Southampton has suggested that diet during pregnancy may affect an offspring’s risk of brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The research, which was funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, studied adult mice whose mothers were fed either a normal or a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation. The study is due to be presented at Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2014 in Oxford this week.

Ground-breaking play focusing on dementia carers gets green light to tour

Arts Council England has awarded Lakeside Arts Centre £186,893 to tour Inside out of Mind nationally to the widest possible audience of health care workers and the public.

The Government estimates that 670,000 people nationwide have dementia today, and the Alzheimer’s Society estimate that more than one million people will have dementia by 2021. Tanya Myer’s insightful play, Inside out of Mind,is uniquely focused on those who care for people with dementia and has already had a profound impact on NHS health care workers in the East Midlands as well as on those caring for family members or friends.

New Free Understanding Dementia MOOC

The course, Understanding Dementia, will be released on 31st March, 2014.