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Help With Important Research at RICE (Research Institute for the Care of Older People)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

DEMENTIA RESEARCH

RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People) is an internationally renowned research centre based in Bath. We are currently looking for people with a diagnosis of dementia to take part in a number of exciting new treatment studies. You might be eligible for a study if you :-

  • Are between the ages of 50-90
  • have already got a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
  • have a reliable caregiver to help with appointments and general support throughout the study
  • Live in your own home (ie not in a care/residential home)

All study-related care is provided free of charge to patients. Travel costs may also be provided.

If you would like to find out more

please call                                           01225 467420

e-mail                                                   info@rice.org.uk

The RICE Centre, Royal United Hospital, Bath, BA1 3NG

Training Courses for Carers at RICE

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

RICE holds courses specifically for the carers of individuals with memory problems and/or dementia. The course consists of 4 sessions which are usually held over four consecutive Friday afternoons. These run from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm at the RICE Centre building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

They also offer a sitting service so if your relative or friend wants to come along, members of our staff (nurses and psychologists) can look after them while you attend the course. They usually organise some games / activities or just chat and have refreshments.

RICE Carers Courses aim to increase a carer’s knowledge of:

  • Current medical thinking on the cause of memory impairment
  • How individuals with memory problems are diagnosed
  • What services and benefits are available to them and the people they care for
  • The roles of different professional staff
  • Possible problems associated with memory impairment
  • Simple strategies to help care for an individual with memory problems.

An example of a previous carers course programme:

Week 1

1) What is dementia? – RICE medical doctor
2) Legal aspects of being a carer – A local solicitor

Week 2

1) Who cares for the carer? – The Carers Support Network
2) Caring and coping – A local psychiatrist

Week 3

1) Day care – The Peggy Dodd Centre
2) Benefits and allowances – Age concern

Week 4

1) Memory problems in dementia and what we can do – RICE Neuropsychologist
2) Assistive Technologies – Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME)

For more information about courses or to provisionally book a place please contact RICE on 01225 476420 or email us on info@rice.org.uk

RICE – Special Fundraising Events

Monday, August 6th, 2012

THE Magic Show – Friday 14th September 2012

A Magic Show to astound all the family is happening on Friday 14th September performed by specialist entertainers from the Bath Circle of Magicians. You’ll be able to witness incredible close-up magic performed right under your nose by a team of expert Magicians. There will be sleight of hand, zany illusions, master balloon twisters, comedy and levitation including Amanda Eve – International lady of mystery…

All proceeds from the evening will be split between RICE, the Bath-based dementia research charity and the Bath Circle of Magicians.

The venue is The Centre at St Luke’s Church, off Wellsway. Show starts at 7pm until 9pm – ticket entry only.

Tickets are £8 for adults, £5 for children and £20 for a family of 4 and are available from Bath Box Office on www.bathboxoffice.org.uk or 01225 463362 or direct from RICE on info@rice.org.uk or 01225 476435. Full details on the RICE website: http://www.rice.org.uk/the+magic+show

RICE Memory Trail Sunday 16th September 2012

On Sunday 16th September join RICE, the Bath-based dementia research charity, on their annual sponsored walk. This year they take you through the beautiful Bath countryside around the pretty villages of Newton St Loe & Stanton Prior and past the tranquil lakes at Bath Spa University.

The Memory Trail is a fabulous day out for all members of the family, whilst helping RICE support people with dementias such as Alzheimer’s. You can picnic at one of the beautiful spots along the way, or lunch at the Newton Farm Shop & Café or the Wheatsheaf Pub.

The starting point will be the Village Hall in Newton St Loe from 10am.

Entry fees are £5 per adult; £2.50 per junior or £12 per family. 

To register phone 01225 476435 or email g.caddick@bath.ac.uk or go to the website for more information: http://www.rice.org.uk/the+memory+trail

 

 

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Training and Education

RICE (Research Institute for the Care of Older People) will be holding their next training session in March 2012 for carers of people with dementia.

The course consists of 4 sessions, held on Friday afternoons at the new RICE Centre building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

For more information about the course or to provisionally book a place, please contact the Institute on: 01225 476420.

Broad Aims of the Course for Carers

  1. To increase a carer’s knowledge and understanding of:
    • current medical thinking on the cause of memory impairment
    • how memory-impaired people are diagnosed
    • what services are available to them and the people they care for
    • the roles of different professional staff
  2. To increase a carer’s awareness of possible problems associated with memory impairment.
  3. To give advice on practical problems in everyday life and inform a carer of simple psychological ways to help care for a person with memory impairment.
  4. Provide an opportunity for a carer to meet others in a similar situation and gain support.

 

Events

Memory Café

The Peggy Dodd Memory Café meets at the Day Centre on the first Saturday of each month and is an occasion for Carers and the person they care for to come and meet other people. The Café is open from 10.30am to 12noon, and is staffed by Peggy Dodd volunteers. Newcomers are welcome, call Margaret Klestadt on 07803 125564 for more information.

Singing for the Brain is also going to take place at The Peggy Dodd Centre; this will be on the second and fourth Friday of each month and will start in February. For more details and confirmation of dates and times contact: Contact Rena Cottis: 07540 921035.

The Carers’ Centre has a variety of useful group meetings which provide the opportunity to speak with professionals and other carers. They will also be holding a Memory Café in February for more information on this and other events contact: Carers’ Line 01761 431389 or the office: 01761 431388.

25th January 2012
Two’s Company

Come along together for a New Year’s Lunch. The New Inn, Farmborough BA2 0EG… Find out more

25th January 2012
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. St Martins Hospital, Clara Cross Lane, Bath BA2 5RP… Find out more

1st February 2012
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. The Atrium, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG  … Find out more

 

Christmas & New Year

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Christmas Hints and Tips

Christmas and New Year, although a time to be with family and friends and have fun for many carers this can add additional pressure. Too often we can all rush around buying, making things that don’t really matter, to help reduce the worry here are a few tips:

  • If family and friends are coming, make life a little easier don’t make cakes and mince pies buy them. Get the super market to deliver!
  • Let the family know you are keeping things simple and if they offer to bring food accept it, make suggestions of what you need so you don’t end up with tons of sausage rolls.
  • If they offer help so you can do shopping or help on the day – accept it!
  • If family and friends don’t offer help – don’t be afraid to ask for it
  • When you are asked what you would like for a present, suggest things that you would find helpful:  sitting for a couple of hours with the person you care for, gardening, cooking a meal, decorating or even some equipment that would make life easier. 
  • In the New Year make a resolution to make your role as a carer easier, there are several support groups – the Carers Centre always has a great selection of events taking place as well as the opportunity to talk to professionals and other carers. Try one of the training sessions that take place at RICE. Contact Give Us a Break and try out something you have always wanted to do.

Carers Centre – 01761 431389

RICE – 01225 476420

Give Us a Break – 0800 073  9980

Events

The Carers Centre always has a good selection of events taking place and there is bound to be one that suits you.

19th December 2011
Bath Carers’ Peer Support Group

A peer support group for carers to help each other. Community Room, Kingsmead Court, Kingsmead North, Bath BA1 1XB… Find out more

19th December 2011
Christmas Drop-In

Pop in for mince pies and a festive get-together. Please bring along any unwanted clothes to help us raise valuable funds. At the Carers’ Centre, 1 Riverside… Find out more

20th December 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team. No booking required. Keynsham Health Centre, St Clements Road… Find out more

22nd December 2011
Think Tank

A support group for carers of people with mood disorders such as depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. At the Carers’ Centre  … Find out more

28th December 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. St Martin’s Hospital, Midford Road, Bath BA2 5RP… Find out more

30th December 2011
The Memory Cafe

Information and advice for carers of and people with dementia. Open House Centre, Manvers St Baptist Church, Bath BA1 1JW  … Find out more

Christmas Spectacular with City of Bristol Choir and Th…

A stunning evening of Christmas celebration given by City of Bristol Choir in…

St George’s
Bristol, City of Bristol,Wed, Dec 21, 7:30 PM

 

 

Specialist Training for Carers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Training for Carers

Just to remind you to book your place for the next training course which takes place at The Research Institute for the Care of Older People – RICE from October 7th to October 28th 2011 – 1.30 – 3.30pm. For more information about courses or to provisionally book a place, please contact Nicolle Appleton on: 01225 476420.

The course consists of 4 sessions, held on Friday afternoons. They are held at the new RICE Centre building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Broad Aims of the Course for Carers:
To increase a carer’s knowledge and understanding of:
• Current medical thinking on the cause of memory impairment
• How memory-impaired people are diagnosed
• What services are available to them and the people they care for
the roles of different professional staff
• To increase a carer’s awareness of possible problems associated with memory impairment.
• To give advice on practical problems in everyday life and inform a carer of simple psychological ways to help care for a person with memory impairment.
• Provide an opportunity for a carer to meet others in a similar situation and gain support.

Research

Road Block as a New Strategy for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s

Recent research has shown that by re-routing the pathway of a protein and an enzyme the onset of Alzheimer’s disease may be inhibited.

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2011) — Blocking a transport pathway through the brain cells offers new prospects to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s. Wim Annaert and colleagues of VIB and K.U. Leuven discovered that two main agents involved in the inception of Alzheimer’s disease, the amyloid beta precursor protein (APP) and the beta secretase enzyme (BACE1), follow a different path through the brain cells to meet up. It is during the eventual meeting between protein and enzyme that the basis is laid for the development of the disease – read the rest of the report.

 

Dementia checks at 75 urged by Alzheimer’s Society

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Dementia checks at 75 urged by Alzheimer’s Society

Professor Clive Ballard, the charity’s director of research, says getting a diagnosis is fundamental to ensuring the right treatment, support and care.

“Really the only way we’re going to improve identification is through effective screening, and probably the right time to do that screening is over the age of 75 once dementia starts to become more common.”

He is proposing that people be offered a cognitive test at the GP surgery, with questions on time, date, place, memory and understanding. This would be backed up by an interview with a relative or carer. Read more….

If you are worried about your memory or that of a loved one RICE – Research Institute for the Care of Older People at the Royal United Hospital  provide self referral Community Memory Screening Clinics  these are nurse-run clinics for people over 50 years of age who live in the Bath area. These clinics are held in Bath, Radstock, Keynsham, Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge. Each centre holds a clinic every 2 months. The clinics are run by Professor Roy Jones and his team of doctors, nurses and psychologists. Tel: 01225 476420.

Events

13th July 2011
Gardens Are Good For You

Demonstrations and expert advice on all gardening matters. Prior Park Garden Centre, Prior Park Road, Bath BA2 4NF… Find out more

13th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Turner Room, Paulton Hospital, Salisbury Road, Paulton, Bristol BS39 7SB… Find out more

14th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team.  No booking required.Combe Ward, Royal United Hospital, Combe… Find out more

16th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team. No booking required.  Ward, Royal United Hospital, Combe… Find out more

18th July 2011
Bath Carers Peer Support Group

A peer support group for carers to help each other. Community Room, Kingsmead Court, Kingsmead North, Bath BA1 1XB… Find out more

18th July 2011
Carers’ Coffe and Cakes

Come along for help and support on all your caring needs. With information and advice on financial matters from Somer Housing’s Independent Living Service. NoFind out more

18th July 2011
Carers For Each Other

A support group for carers with a learning disability.     Carers’ Centre, 1 Riverside Cottages, Radstock BA3 3PS… Find out more

19th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Riverside Health Centre, James Street West, Bath BA1 2BT… Find out more

 

Dementia Awareness Week

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

An open day to raise awareness of dementia is being held in Twerton.

Dementia awareness week takes place from Sunday 3 July to Saturday July 9, and to mark this, the Hazelmeir Day Centre, at Cleeve Court Care Home, is holding an open day on Thursday.

The event at the centre, at Cleeve Green, Twerton, aims to raise awareness of the disease, and show the impact on people’s lives. It is being sponsored by the Bluebird Care agency, based in Pierrepont Street.

Director Tim Rowland-Jones said: “The open day aims to raise awareness of dementia and tackle stigma.

“There are so many families throughout our community who struggle with the illness and it is so important that we continue to support the day centres and the fantastic work their staff and volunteers do.”

The open day, which runs from 10.30am until 2.30pm, will also raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s mental health team will also be at the event to offer dementia advice.

For more information about the society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.

The Research Institute for the Care of Older People – RICE

The Rice Centre was mentioned last week but as we now have some dates for the next course it was decided that it would be useful to you  if the details were included again. Their specialist training courses for carers take place on Friday afternoons and consist of 4 sessions. They are held at the new RICE Centre building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The next course runs from 7th – 28th October, to make a booking or to find out more contact Nicolle Appleton on:  01225 476420. These courses are very popular, so it is wise to book early.

RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The RICE centre carries out the most amazing work and help so many people, for all this to be possible they are constantly researching the disease to find new forms of medication that may slow the process down. Are you able to help with their research?

Research Summary

The RICE centre is a research unit located at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. We specialise in researching, diagnosing and treating dementia. Currently we are looking for healthy adults over the age of 75, who don’t have memory problems, to take part in our research.  Research participation would only require one visit to the RICE centre lasting approximately 45mins to an hour. During this visit we would ask you to complete a few short paper and pencil assessments of memory, thinking and reasoning.  If you would like further information about this research, or if you would like to take part in our research, please contact one of the members of RICE staff listed below.

Contact Details

Rachel Elliman 01225 476433, r.elliman@bath.ac.uk  

Louise Pryer 01225 476433, lp238@bath.ac.uk

Krist Noonan 01225 476438, k.noonan@bath.ac.uk

Location

The RICE centre is located in the grounds of the Royal United Hospital. We have dedicated parking facilities outside our centre.  The number 14 bus from the centre of Bath serves the hospital and will drop you at the front of the RUH. From hospital reception, follow the signs for building 8 (the RICE centre).

The Cost of Care

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Middle classes ‘must find £50,000 for care’ as spending on elderly is slashed by 8%
By Tim Shipman

The Daily Mail has highlighted the problems facing many families who pay for their loved ones care. It would seem that ‘Middle England’ faces the most difficult time financially. How do you cope? Do read the article and let us know your views. 

Middle class pensioners should pay between £35,000 and £50,000 for their old age care, a review will recommend this week.
The Government would set this cap and pick up the rest of the tab itself.
Under the proposals by economist Andrew Dilnot, the middle classes will be encouraged to take out insurance to cover their costs.
The review comes as it was revealed yesterday that spending on care for the elderly is to be cut by more than £600million this year.
Councils are slashing costs by 8.4 per cent, sparking fears that pensioners will lose services and see the quality of their care diminish.
At present, anyone with savings or assets above £23,250 – including property – has to pay for their care in full, forcing thousands to sell their homes.
The review will raise that threshold so that more people with modest savings benefit, at a cost to taxpayers of around £3billion a year. Read more:

The Research Institute for the Care of Older People – RICE

The Institute runs a weekly Memory Clinic and a Nurse led Community Memory screening Clinic (CMSC) to help those people who are concerned about memory loss; whether for themselves or for a loved one. They also carry out research programmes and special training courses for carers of memory impaired people.
The course consists of 4 sessions, held on Friday afternoons. They are held at the new RICE Centre building at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The next course takes place on October 7th to October 28th 2011 – 1.30 – 3.30 Friday afternoon, more information about courses or to provisionally book a place please contact Nicolle Appleton on: 01225 476420.

Broad Aims of the Course for Carers:
To increase a carer’s knowledge and understanding of:
• Current medical thinking on the cause of memory impairment
• How memory-impaired people are diagnosed
• What services are available to them and the people they care for
the roles of different professional staff
• To increase a carer’s awareness of possible problems associated with memory impairment.
• To give advice on practical problems in everyday life and inform a carer of simple psychological ways to help care for a person with memory impairment.
• Provide an opportunity for a carer to meet others in a similar situation and gain support.

Events

30th June 2011
Date With Carers

Carers have a unique opportunity to meet RUH staff to discuss issues around hospital discharge and help to influence the new DATE service by putting carers’… Find out more

30th June 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required.Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3 Combe Ward… Find out more

1st July 2011
The Memory Cafe

Information and advice for carers of and people with dementia. Hawthorn Court, Hawthorn Lane, Keynsham BS31 1BE… Find out more

2nd July 2011
Family Sport Session

For carers and their families to engage in accessible sport and physical activities together. Bath Sports’ and Leisure Centre, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4ET… Find out more

2nd July 2011
Carers’ Coffee and Cakes

Drop in for free help and information on all your caring needs, plus financial advice from Somer Housing independent Living Service for cares aged over 65. NoFind out more

2nd July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team. No booking required. Combe Ward, Royal United Hospital, Combe… Find out more

4th July 2011
Carers For Each Other

A support group for carers with a learning disability.  Carers’ Centre, 1 Riverside Cottages, Radstock BA3 3PS… Find out more

5th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Riverside Health Centre, James Street West, Bath BA1 2BT… Find out more

5th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Keynsham Health Centre, St Clements Road, Keynsham BS31 1AG… Find out more

6th July 2011
Neuro-Carers’ Support Group

A support group for carers of someone with a neurological condition such as MS or a stroke.    Quebec Community Centre, Dominion Road, Twerton, Bath BA2 1DJ… Find out more

6th July 2011
First Aid Training

Week 1 of the St John Ambulance’s 4 week course for carers. Carers’ Centre, 1 Riverside Cottages, Radstock BA3 3PS  … Find out more

6th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team. No booking required.The Atrium, Royal United Hospital, Combe… Find out more

7th July 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team. No booking required.Combe Ward, Royal United Hospital, Combe… Find out more 

Improve the Quality of Health Care

Monday, June 20th, 2011

For those of you who are new to the site, welcome to Dementia web for Bath and North East Somerset. Dementia news is updated regularly to keep you informed of events, research and any new projects that may be helpful to you.

Help to improve the quality of health care

The National Institute for Health Research is looking for people across the UK who have first-hand experience of health conditions and/or health and social care services.  They are particularly keen to hear from carers.

Join the NIHR’s team of public contributors and you could review research briefing papers or proposals for Department of Health research funding.  This work is done at home and at your own pace. Your views would add a ‘real world’ perspective to academic research and ensure that the patient and carer viewpoints are properly included in research that is funded with public money.

Reviewers get guidance and support and are paid a fee for all review work to acknowledge the valuable contribution of ‘experts by experience’.

For more information about these opportunities visit the websites of the research funding centres:

http://www.netscc.ac.uk/getting_involved/ 

Or call us: Alison Ford on 023 8059 7435 or

Jean Cooper-Moran on 0208 843 8042

Free Alzheimer’s research talks in Bath

22/06/2011 6:30pm – 9pm

Do you want to know more about Dementia? Scientists and clinicians from the University of Bath and the Research Institute for the Care of Older People will share their latest findings and answer your questions. All the talks are designed for members of the public.

The talks take place at the Hilton Bath City Hotel, Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BJ. For more information….
To book a place ring Jo McTiernanon 0117 3402385 or email: dementia-research@bristol.ac.uk

Free Training Courses on the Mental Capacity Act

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in partnership with care provider associations is offering FREE training on The Mental Capacity Act to staff working for organisations which are registered with CQC.  This includes care homes, nursing homes and domiciliary / home care. There are sessions particular to staff working with adults who have learning disabilities and those who work in adult social care but not in a care setting.

Training sessions are all aimed at senior staff and managers. There is a limit of three staff from any one provider on each course. Read more – MCA training 2011.

For more details about the course contact: David Thompson on 020 7831 7090 or email David.Thompson@scie.org.uk

COGKNOW

This is an interesting piece of technology and it is worth taking a look at the site to read the history of how it came about, its benefit to the carer and person being cared for. However with such a clever device, it should be realised there is a cost involved.

The COGKNOW DayNavigator is a holistic solution that assists persons with dementia within their own homes and outside. It gives increased independence and quality of life, while giving carers much needed relief not having to monitor the person with dementia so much.

The service can easily be customised to address the individual needs of each person and their carers, for memory support, helping with daily activities, maintaining social contacts and increased safety.

For further information please go to For Persons with Dementia, alternatively please go to Contact Us page.

Events

Flavours of the West, Bringing some of the West Country’s best artisan producers into the heart of the city.

2-3 July, Milsom Place, tel: 01225 789040

WOMAD Festival, an outdoor festival celebrating the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance.

28-31 July, Charlton Park, Wiltshire, tel: 01189 606060

Check both these events for suitability.

As always the Carers’ Centre has lots of activities taking place these include a drop in service, memory cafes and a special pampering day, do check to see if a booking is required. For more events with the Carers’ Centre go to: http://www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/whats-on or call the Carers’ line 01761 431389 or the office 01761 431388.

21st June 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Riverside Health Centre, James Street West, Bath BA1 2BT… Find out more

21st June 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Keynsham Health Centre, St Clements Road, Keynsham BS31 1AG… Find out more

22nd June 2011
Carers’ Pampering at the Body Shop

Free pampering, make overs, skin consultations and hand massages for carers at the Body Shop in Bath. Please telephone to book for a make over or skin… Find out more

22nd June 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Sulis Unit, St Martins Hospital, Clara Cross Lane, Bath BA2 5RP… Find out more

23rd June 2011
Carers’ Drop In Service

Come and speak to a member of our team about your caring issues. No booking required. Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NGCombe Ward… Find out more

24th June 2011
The Memory Cafe

Information and advice for carers of and people with dementia, Open House Centre, Manvers St Baptist Church, Bath BA1 1JW… Find out more

Carers’ Drop In Service

Drop in for free help, advice, information and support from a member of the Carers’ Centre team. No booking required. Combe Ward, Royal United

Research

Channel 4 News recently discussed the growing numbers of people with Down’s Syndrome and their risk of developing dementia and the lack of provision for care.

People with Down’s syndrome are living longer than ever before. Since the 1980s their life expectancy has doubled and many now live into their 60s.

But for the estimated 60,000 people with Down’s syndrome in the UK this development is coupled with the startling knowledge that people with Down’s are significantly more at risk of developing dementia than in the rest of us. Not only that but they also develop it at a much younger age – 30 to 40 years earlier than the general population.

With an aging Down’s population, Diana Kerr, a leading expert in the dual diagnosis at University of Edinburgh, worries that local authorities are not ready to meet the increasing demands of this population – partly because of a false perception that people with Down’s don’t live long enough.

Often changes in personality are the first sign of dementia, and a diagnosis is crucial for accessing the right services. It also means the family or carers can begin to change their responses and environment to make life more manageable for the person with Down’s. Read more..

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