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Can eating oranges cut the risk of developing dementia?

July 18, 2017 3:20 pm

A major study, undertaken by a team of scientists at Tohuku University in Japan, indicates a daily intake of any citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes can cut the risk of developing dementia by almost a quarter. Various studies have suggested that citrus fruits can protect the brain against the damage that leads to dementia. Citric acid contains the chemical nobiletin which, in animal tests, has been shown to slow or reverse impairment of memory. However this new research – published in the British Journal of Nutrition – is the first major study to investigate the effect citrus fruit consumption might have on large numbers of those most at risk. Scientists tracked more than 13,000 middle-aged or...

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Dementia Awareness Film Success

May 17, 2017 9:56 am

To mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017, Home Care Preferred have pledged to raise awareness regarding the condition. With the help of local production house Crooked House Films and two talented school children from Eversley Primary School, we have created a short educational film shedding light on the common misconceptions about dementia and pointing people to where they can find support and more information. The film went live on Monday evening (15th May) and received over 10,000 hits on Facebook in the first 24 hours! Dementia is a condition close to our hearts. Every day we support individuals and families who are living with the condition and many members of the Home Care Preferred team have also been touched by dementia in...

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Local school children donate their earnings to Alzheimer’s research as part of Dementia Awareness Week

May 14, 2017 5:11 pm

Last week, local child actors Jayda and Hassan last week starred in a short film commissioned by ourselves & produced by local production firm Crooked House Films. The film is being launched as part of the National Dementia Awareness Week (May 15th to 19th) and features the two children talking about dementia including interesting facts about the condition. The film ultimately points viewers to the charity Alzheimer’s Research. We decided to use local children to highlight the importance of education regarding the condition. Sadly the statistic show that the majority of the population will be affected by dementia in some way. Therefore it is essential that as a community we are equipped with the knowledge to become a dementia friendly...

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Standing Side by Side to Find a Match for People with Dementia this Valentines Day

February 14, 2017 10:26 am

Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new matching service that will enable volunteers to connect to people with dementia over shared hobbies and interests. Side by Side is an innovative matching service that has been launched by the charity this valentines day. It highlights a totally new approach to volunteering. A third of people with dementia lose friends after their diagnosis, and nearly two thirds who live on their own feel lonely. It is vital that those affected are able to remain part of their community and continue to participate in past-times and activities they enjoy. By taking part in activities with the support of a volunteer with similar interests, they can continue with their hobbies – or even find new ones...

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Study Finds Link Between Heavy Traffic and Dementia

January 5, 2017 11:36 am

  People living near a busy road have an increased risk of dementia, according to research published in the scientific journal The Lancet. According to the study around one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in urban areas could be associated with living in close proximity to heavy traffic. It found that those who live closest to major roads were up to 12% more likely to receive a dementia diagnosis. This conclusion came through tracking approximately 6.6 million people for more than 10 years. However, the study did not determine if pollution is directly detrimental to the brain; the increased risk in developing dementia could also be a collateral result of respiratory and cardiac problems caused by traffic fumes. It could...

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Coping with dementia at Christmas

December 7, 2016 5:11 pm

Christmas can be a stressful time if you are caring for a person with dementia. You’ll want to do your best to care for them and make sure they enjoy the festive break, but it’s important not to wear yourself out in the process. The change in routine and influx of noise and people can be overwhelming, but there are ways you can minimise the disruption and ensure they still feel safe and secure. As lovely as it is to bring your loved one to your home to share in the festivities, being taken out of their usual surroundings can upset and disorientate an individual living with dementia. If you find this is often the case with your loved one...

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Dementia Leading Cause of Death in England & Wales

November 17, 2016 10:25 am

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have replaced ischaemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 61,686 (11.6%) out of a total of 529,655 deaths registered in England and Wales were attributable to dementia last year. Facts that have pushed dementia to the top of the list include an ageing population, better diagnosis and treatment advances for other illnesses and lifestyle improvements which have led to a decline in other diseases. The mortality rate for dementia, which was the second leading cause of death for the previous four years, has more than doubled since 2010, while that of ischaemic heart disease declined...

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Is Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Christmas Ad the Best Yet?

November 16, 2016 1:06 pm

What if Santa forgot about Christmas? This is the shocking question Alzheimer’s Research UK is putting to us this Christmas. With the help of Stephen Fry and the infamous Aardam (the team behind the nation’s sweethearts Wallace and Gromit) the charity’s animated Christmas campaign is sure to pull at the heart strings, and drive home the most important message delivered so far this festive season. The ad explores the devastating idea of Santa having dementia and forgetting to deliver all of his presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve. It depicts  the story of a little girl called Freya, who has grown up in a world where Santa has stopped visiting on Christmas Eve. Her Father explains that...

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Home Care Preferred team member Sue Peck completes charity run

September 20, 2016 3:39 pm

Sue Peck is familiar with dementia having cared for her own Dad as well as many clients at Home Care Preferred. She recently raised money for Alzheimer’s Society in a fundraising run.  Everyone at Home Care Preferred is very proud of Sue and her committment to help find a cure for dementia.