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Work begins on design project for dementia

International researchers gathered in the Midlands to start work on a ground-breaking new design project, ‘MinD’, which will benefit people with dementia.
Representatives from Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia spent two weeks in the UK to learn more about mindfulness and how it can be applied with design to help people with dementia.
The visitors were hosted partly by the University of Wolverhampton (the project coordinator) and partly by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

New theatre dramas tackle dementia taboos in Wales

Two new dramas are hoping to raise awareness of the impact dementia has on Welsh communities.

Belonging is touring Wales while Before I Leave by National Theatre Wales opens at Sherman Cymru in Cardiff next week.

Patrick Jones, who wrote Before I Leave, said he was inspired by choirs set up for people with dementia.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Too many delay seeking dementia diagnosis, charity says

More than half of those seeking a diagnosis for dementia have delayed going to their GP by at least a year, according to a survey carried out by the Alzheimer's Society.

The charity says nearly two-thirds of people fear a diagnosis would mean their life is over.

But it says an early diagnosis can actually help people to live as well as possible.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Yoga, meditation may ward off signs of Alzheimer’s, study finds

Chalk up one more benefit to doing yoga: A UCLA team of neuroscientists found that a three-month course of yoga and meditation helped minimize the cognitive and emotional problems that often precede Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The small study found that practicing yoga was even more beneficial for managing mild cognitive impairment than the memory enhancement exercises that have thus far been considered the gold standard. 

Test of famous faces 'helps to spot early dementia'

Asking patients to identify pictures of famous people, such as Elvis Presley and Diana, Princess of Wales, may help spot early dementia, say researchers.  Doctors currently use simple mental agility tests to screen for the disease, but US experts believe a face recognition test should be used too.

A small study in the journal Neurology found it could flag up the beginnings of one type of dementia in 30 patients.  Trials are needed to see if it works for other forms of the disease.

Read more on the BBC News website.