Dementia Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 1

June 1, 2017

Virtual Dementia Clinics

June 1, 2017

Source: The Academy of Fabulous Stuff

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new virtual dementia clinics service. These clinics, introduced in early 2015, have seen diagnosis achieved four times faster.

Length of publication: 1 page


Music-based therapeutic interventions for people with dementia

June 1, 2017

Source: Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This review looks at music therapy and whether music can help meet physical, psychological and social needs of people with dementia. The authors conclude that music can help depressive symptoms in people with dementia but they cannot be confident that music therapy impacts on anxiety and social interaction.

Length of publication: 104 pages


The introduction of blue Zimmer frames for patients with dementia

June 1, 2017

Source: The Academy of Fabulous Stuff

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: An NHS hospital trust in Norfolk introduced blue zimmer frames on one of their cardiology wards for use by patients with dementia. The blue frames have a number of benefits, primarily in reducing falls and promoting safety. This article provides a brief evaluation on this pilot including some of the problems encountered.

Length of publication: 1 page


UnderstAID, an ICT Platform to Help Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Study

June 1, 2017

Source: BioMed Research International

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Information and communications technology (ICT) could support ambient assisted living (AAL) based interventions to provide support to informal caregivers of people with dementia, especially when they need to cope with their feelings of overburden or isolation. An e-learning platform (understAID application) was tested by informal caregivers from Denmark, Poland, and Spain to explore the technical and the pedagogical specifications, as well as evaluating the impact of its use on the psychological status of the participants. 61 informal caregivers completed the study taking part in the experimental (𝑛 = 30) or control (𝑛 = 31) groups. 33.3% of the caregivers were satisfied with the application and around 50% of the participants assessed it as technically and pedagogically acceptable. After using understAID the caregivers in the experimental group significantly decreased their depressive symptomatology according to the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale, but a possible benefit on their feelings of competence and satisfaction with the caring experience was also observed.The low scores obtained for satisfaction were highlighting issues that need to be modified to meet the informal caregivers’ needs in national, social, and cultural context. Some possible biases are also considered and discussed to be taken into account in future improvements of understAID application.

Length of publication: 14 pages


Dementia friendly dentistry in Cheshire and Merseyside

June 1, 2017

Source: The Academy of Fabulous Stuff

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A review of dental service provision for people living with dementia in north Merseyside undertaken in 2014-15, highlighted a number of issues with access to dental services and dental care provision from the perspective of patients, carers and clinicians. A team of experts developed a toolkit for the primary care dental team which provides advice to support ‘dementia-friendly’ practices and dental care. The toolkit was published in May 2016 and distributed to all NHS dental practices across Cheshire and Merseyside alongside a series of related peer review meetings. There are currently around 80 dental practices developing action plans and engaging in staff training to make themselves more ‘dementia friendly’.

Length of publication: 1 webpage


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