This prospective cohort study aims to test the hypotheses that physical activity in midlife is not associated with a reduced risk of dementia and that the preclinical phase of dementia is characterised by a decline in physical activity. The study finds no evidence of a neuroprotective effect of physical activity. Previous findings showing a lower risk of dementia in physically active people may be attributable to reverse causation—that is, due to a decline in physical activity levels in the preclinical phase of dementia.
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British Gymnastics Foundation, May 2017
This report evaluates the pilot of a gymnastics chair-based exercise programme developed for older people with dementia. The pilot found that the programme was shown to have a demonstrable benefit in the physical, emotional and cognitive aspects of older people.
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Alzheimer’s Society, May 2017
This report reveals that nearly half of the UK adults surveyed had not started saving for the care and support they might need in the future, and a third agreed that before being asked, they had not considered the cost of dementia care and support. It also reveals that there is ongoing stigma around dementia and calls for greater support and access to information so that people with dementia can live fulfilled lives.
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Lancashire Care Library and Information Service, May 2017
This week’s Library Mental Health bulletins are on Dementia and Learning Disabilities.
Age and Ageing (2017) 46 (3): 518-521
This study aims to explore how patient safety in community dementia services is understood by caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
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Lancashire Care Library and Information Service, March 2017
This week’s Library Mental Health bulletins are on Learning Disabilities, Suicide Prevention and Dementia.
Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, January 2017
This report calls for the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia to be better addressed. It focuses on how best to support the growing numbers of people with the condition. It is based on recent work with care providers aiming to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and dementia, and the challenges to this goal.
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