UK Attitudes towards Dementia – Alzheimer Research UK

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Half of UK adults cannot identify any key risk factors for dementia, according to a study by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The report, based on a survey of 2,361 adults across the UK, has revealed that more than half of the UK population (52%) has been affected by dementia, with a family member or someone else close to them diagnosed with the condition.

It also found that only 1% were able to name the seven known risk or protective factors for dementia.

The six risk factors are heavy drinking, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes.

Physical exercise is a protective factor against the disease.

Although a third of cases of dementia are thought to be influenced by factors within our control, only 34% of people surveyed believe it is possible to reduce the risk of dementia, compared with 77% for heart disease and 81% for diabetes.

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said that despite growing dementia awareness, there was still a lot of misinformation.

“It is a sad truth that more people are affected by dementia than ever before and half of us now know someone with the condition,” she said.

“Yet despite growing dementia awareness, we must work harder to improve understanding of the diseases that cause it.”

The charity said reducing the number of people who believe that dementia is an inevitable part of ageing is “key”, as “this belief drives other negative attitudes towards dementia”.

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The full report with some great stats can be found here

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Workers leaving full-time employment to look after relatives

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Carers UK says nearly 500,000 workers have left full-time work to look after older and disabled relatives in the last two years.

Campaigners have warned that >600 people a day are forced to quit their jobs to care for relatives; and more than three million people in the UK juggle paid work and caring for relatives.

More than 3m people combine care and work, but many are having to give up paid work altogether due to the pressure.

Carers UK says 15% of the population is now working and caring

Campaigners are now calling for the government to introduce a right of five to 10 days of paid care leave, which could save the UK economy billions of pounds each year.

Uplanned absences due to needing to care for relatives costs British companies up to £4.8bn per year.

Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, says there is a “growing need” for employers to be more flexible.

She said: “With 15% of the population now working and caring, there is a real social and economic imperative for UK businesses to adopt carer friendly workplaces.”

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Whiteboard Idea Helping Dementia Sufferers

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Talking to the BBC, Dr Philip Grimmer says he was “struck” by the whiteboard and had not seen anything like it before

Words of reassurance written on a whiteboard by a daughter to her mother have led to a global conversation about dementia.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome – a group of related symptoms – associated with an ongoing decline of brain function. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia.

Dr Grimmer says the daughter explained that the board aims to reduce “anxious phone calls” made by her mother to relatives, and has been placed in her eye-line at her home in Chippenham.

Dr Grimmer told the BBC: “I’d not seen anything like it before in thousands of house visits. It’s caring, reassuring and sensible – it’s just such a simple idea.”

Read the full article on the BBC here.

Dr Grimmer is now looking forward to sharing the responses he has received from his tweet to his patient’s daughter.

He said: “Dementia is such a heartbreaking subject for so many people and this simple solution to support often elderly relatives has resonated with so many people around the world.

If you are in the UK and need support regarding dementia there are a variety of options on the NHS website.

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Age UK Warns Government Over Brexit

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Age UK are urging the Government to act to keep EU care staff coming to work in the UK.

The government has already agreed exemptions for the agriculture sector to allow the continued supply of farm labourers into the UK from the continent – Age UK is insisting similar measures are introduced to the care industry.

EU nationals currently make up 104,000 of those working in care in the UK, and that number is rising.

Caroline Abrahams, the charity’s director, said: “The government has granted a partial exemption from the new rules for fruit pickers and Age UK believes it should remove care workers from this proposed post-Brexit regime altogether.

Under a new rule recommended by the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee, carers would be considered ‘low skilled EU workers’ and would not get preferential access to the UK labour market after we leave the EU.

Age UK has written to home secretary Sajid Javid saying EU carers must be exempt from proposed new rules that say low-skilled EU workers should no longer have preferential access to the UK.

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Sandwich Carers

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The social care system is under extreme pressure, so additional stress is being placed on families who are trying to juggle children, work and older relatives.

A report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says more than a quarter of such “sandwich carers” are suffering from depression or stress.

“Sandwich carers” look after their elderly parents and their children.

Researchers say there are 1.3 million people in the UK with such multi-generational caring responsibilities.

People falling into this category are often in their 40s and 50s. This is a result of longer life expectancy and women tending to have children later in life.

The majority of carers in this “sandwich generation” are women – and almost half of these women feel that they cannot work as many hours as they would like.

Read more detail about the sandwich generation on the bbc website here.

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Virtual Cycling System Helping Dementia Patients

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Residents in a Liverpool care home have been trialling an exercise bike connected to a virtual reality screen to go on virtual bike rides across the world.

The system from Norway enables dementia patients to feel a sense of independence.

It’s also obviously great exercise, so helps with general wellbeing. There is also some evidence that exercise slows down cognitive decline.

Residents in a Liverpool care home have been trying the system out. Watch the video below.

 

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Over-40s not taking free dementia health check

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People aged between 40 and 74 (with no pre-existing health problems) is automatically eligible for the check, which happens every five years.

The 20-minute painless assessment, which checks for heart, kidney and diabetes problems, has been taken by less than 50% of the 15 million eligible people over the past five years.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease remains a leading cause of death in England and Wales in 2017.

Someone who has had a stroke, or has diabetes or heart disease, is around twice as likely to develop vascular dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The checks are part of the NHS in England’s goal of improving early diagnosis of dementia.

Information about the health check can be found on the NHS UK website.

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Loneliness projects to receive £11.5m cash injection

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The UK government believes the health impact of loneliness is on a par with smoking.

One hundred and twenty-six projects have been chosen to receive up to £100,000 each in the first ever government-backed fund to tackle loneliness.

The projects target a range of groups across England including lonely elderly men in Cornwall.

Loneliness increases the risk of depression, low self-esteem, sleep problems and Alzheimer’s disease.

Mims Davies, the minister for loneliness, said: “I am committed to encouraging open conversations around this sensitive topic to reduce the stigma and create an environment where everyone is better connected.”

A study by the Co-op and New Economics Foundation attempted to calculate the cost of loneliness to private sector employers and estimated there was a £2.5bn annual cost due to absence and productivity losses.

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New Tax to Fund Social Care Being Considered

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A new tax being considered by ministers as a way to fund social care could raise up to £15bn a year, according to a new report.

The proposal would see a 2.5 per cent levy applied to the earnings of people over the age of 40, similar to the model used in Germany.

The revenue generated by the new tax would go into a ring-fenced pot used to fund social care.

A government green paper on elderly home care is due to be published before Christmas.

Research suggests the German-style system could raise half of the money needed to plug the gap in social care funding .

Under the proposal, people receiving care would be given cash pay-outs to enable them to pay care agencies or family members.

The House of Commons health and local government committees said in a joint report that the levy should be paid only by people over the age of 40, including pensioners over the age of 65.

The proposals are similar to a scheme in operation in Germany and Japan.

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Analysis Shows 25% Cuts to Elderly Care

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Spending on vital care services for the elderly has been cut by a quarter per head since 2010, a BBC analysis shows.

An analysis by the BBC found reported spending on care for the over-65s has fallen by a quarter to £747 per head in England since 2010 once inflation is taken into account.

While facing the same pressures of an ageing population, in comparison, Wales and Scotland have largely protected their budgets.

Councils, which administer the system, have sympathy for the plight of the vulnerable who rely on their services.

The Local Government Association (LGA) became so fed up with waiting for the government that it produced its own Green Paper.

It called for tax rises so town halls could invest more in the system.

“The current situation is unsustainable and is failing people on a daily basis.”

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