The village where people have dementia – and fun – Holland has developed an innovative, humane and apparently affordable way of caring for people with dementia

September 5, 2012

Source: The Guardian

Follow this link for the full story: The village where people have dementia and fun  and   Podcast

Date of publication: 27th August 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell:   How is society to look after the ever-growing number of people with dementia? A curiously uplifting care home near Amsterdam may have the answers. Over the past few months, experts from around the world – Germany, the US, Australia, soon Britain.

Two core principles governed Hogewey’s award-winning design and inform the care that’s given here, says Van Zuthem. First, it aims to relieve the anxiety, confusion and often considerable anger that people with dementia can feel by providing an environment that is safe, familiar and human; an almost-normal home where people are surrounded by things they recognise and by other people with backgrounds, interests and values similar to their own. Second, “maximising the quality of people’s lives. Keeping everyone active. Focusing on everything they can still do, rather than everything they can’t. The cost is comparable to a standard nursing home facility, yet the rewards are priceless.

Dementia in a continually ageing population would mean the number of people is likely to double, to more than 65 million by 230, and treble 20 years later, as predicted by World Health Organisation.

In Britain, an Oxford University study puts the number of people with dementia at more than 800,000, rising to more than 1 million by 2025. We spend £23bn a year on caring for the condition in this country, double the sum we spend on cancer and three times that on heart disease. A quarter of UK hospital beds are now occupied by people with the condition.

In March David Cameron talked of a “national crisis”. As we live longer, and more and more of us develop the degenerative brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, which are the most common cause of the condition, how society cares for people with dementia, he said, has become “one of the greatest challenges of our time”.

Length of publication: website pages


Unlocking Diagnosis – Fewer than half the people thought to have dementia have been formally diagnosed

September 5, 2012

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) – Alzheimer’s Society

Follow this link for the full report:  Unlocking Diagnosis: The key to improving the lives of people with dementia  and Website

Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:   Fewer than half the people thought to have dementia have been formally diagnosed, and those with a diagnosis may have waited up to a year for it to have their condition confirmed. These are the startling reminders published in the all-party parliamentary group on dementia’s latest report, Unlocking diagnosis.

The report found that there were problems throughout the process of diagnosis. These problems included people having poor understanding of dementia and therefore not going to see their to doctor, the issues faced by GPs and memory specialists in diagnosing people with dementia, and the problems with the quality of support offered immediately following diagnosis. In particular, the inquiry heard a large volume of evidence on problems in the following areas:

  • Public education
  • Primary care
  • Variability in memory services
  • Post diagnosis support
  • Process of the inquiry

Length of publication: 47 pages

Audit of antipsychotic prescribing for dementia – falls & rises

September 5, 2012

Source: NHS Information Centre

Follow this link for the full report National Dementia & Antipsychotic Prescribing Audit 2012 and Website

Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:  the results showed a 52% decrease in the rate of prescribing between 2008 and 2011. Prescriptions for antipsychotics in people newly diagnosed (diagnosed each year with a prescription of an antipsychotic within 12 months of diagnosis) with dementia have also reduced from 14.25 per cent in 2006 to 4.46 per cent in 2011which indicates that diagnosis is taking place much earlier.

  • The audit shows that over the last six years there has been an increase in the number of people diagnosed with dementia.
  • The audit shows that a higher proportion of women are diagnosed with dementia than men with the majority of people diagnosed with dementia aged 65 years and above.
  • The audit suggests that the proportion of dementia sufferers receiving prescriptions of antipsychotic medication is decreasing.

Length of publication: 28 pages