The UK’s Memory First Project

August 21, 2017

Source: ILCUK

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: An independent think-tank has published a report outlining seven health innovations that could save the NHS £18.5 billion. Of these, The Memory First Project, contributes significantly to these savings. Memory First is an integrated dementia service run by a consortium of GPs across Staffordshire and provides “integrated care by bringing consultant led clinics into the community under the responsibility of their GP with support from secondary care expertise as required.”

Length of publication: 58 pages


Rempods improve dementia care and patient experience

December 23, 2016

Source: The Academy of Fabulous Stuff

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Rempods are pop up reminiscence rooms which were utilised across four elderly care wards at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. They are designed to help support “patients living with dementia to feel valued, empowered and more engaged with life.” Click here to visit the Rempods website.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

National Dementia Showcase at Dublin City University

October 12, 2016

Source: Dublin City University

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Date of publication: September 2016

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: “The winners of the 2016 Dementia Elevator Innovation Awards were announced at the event and presented by Michael Fitzgerald, Head of Operations and Service Improvement, Older Person Services, HSE. The top award was claimed by Mary Walsh, speech and language therapist at St Mary’s Hospital in Dublin’s Phoenix Park who is using a picture-based communication system, Talking Mats, which helps involve people with dementia in the decision-making process regarding their condition, particularly at the end stage of dementia. Runners-up included Johanne Murphy, a senior physiotherapist in Naas General Hospital who is working with the SuperValu frontline staff to make shopping less complicated for the person with dementia through staff training and changes to the store environment; and Anchorlily, a Dublin-based company which creates bespoke blankets which uses images of significant life events to help anchor a person with dementia back to their identity, letting them interact with their memories.”

Length of publication: 1 webpage

New Drugs for Dementia

October 12, 2016

Source: Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This POSTnote provides an overview of dementia, current treatments and potential new drugs. It examines the challenges involved in developing new drugs and in ensuring patient access. Finally, it considers prevention strategies.

Length of publication: 6 pages

UK bids to become world-leader in dementia research with call for global collaboration

October 24, 2012

Source: Department of Health

Follow this link to read the news story: UK bids to become world-leader in dementia research with call for global collaboration

Date of publication: 10th October 2012

Publication type: Website news story

In a nutshell:  “The UK wants to be a world leader in dementia research, but only by international collaboration can we tackle the global challenge of this condition. “By bringing the industry together to discuss how the UK’s unique research resources can make a difference, we are taking bold steps towards boosting dementia research. “With up to 115 million people worldwide due to be affected by dementia by 2050, including a possible 1.7 million in the UK, this is truly a global problem that requires governments to take action.”

Length of publication: 2 pages

Home-Based Assessment Tool for Dementia Screening – The home-based computer software is patterned after the paper-and-pencil Clock Drawing Test

October 24, 2012

Source: Georgia Tech

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Follow this link for the journal abstract: Hyungsin Kim, (2012) Home-based computerized cognitive assessment tool for dementia screening, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments , Volume 4 (5) pp. 429-442

Date of Publication: 1st October 2012

Publication type: Website & Journal paper

In a nutshell:  Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool that allows adults to screen themselves for early signs of dementia. The home-based computer software is patterned after the paper-and-pencil Clock Drawing Test, one of health care’s most commonly used screening exams for cognitive impairment.

Georgia Tech’s ClockMe system eliminates the paper trail and computerizes the test into two main components: the ClockReader Application and the ClockAnalyzer Application. Click here to see a video demo.

ClockReader is the actual test and is taken with a stylus and computer or tablet. The participant is given a specific time and instructed to draw a clock with numbers and the correct minute and hour hands. Once completed, the sketch is emailed to a clinician, who uses the ClockAnalyzer Application to score the test. The software checks for 13 traits. They include correct placement of numbers and hands without extra markings. People with cognitive impairment frequently draw clocks with missing or extra numbers. Digits are sometimes drawn outside of the clock. The time is often incorrect.

Click here to watch the video demonstration of the Clock Reader image is on the right-hand side.

Length of publication: 12 pages

Supporting Information:

2012 Simple scoring of the clock drawing test for dementia screening

2010 Is the Clock Drawing Test a screening tool for the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment? A systematic review