Category Archives for "Campaigning for Change"

Actress Phyllida Law describes caring for her dementia stricken Mother

Phyllida Law, mother of actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson, has described the burden of caring for a parent stricken by dementia.The 83-year-old, whose extensive roll-call includes appearances in the 1993 film version of Much Ado about Nothing and more recently as a guest star in Foyle’s War, looked after her mother, Meg, for several years […]

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  • 16 December 2015

Detecting pain is more important than ever when someone has dementia

Jo James, Dementia Lead at Imperial College Healthcare Trust and a keen supporter of John’s Campaign, knows from first hand experience with her own mother that hospital staff’s detection of pain in patients who have dementia is not always as good as it should be. Speaking to the Guardian, she stresses the need for both carers […]

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  • 1 October 2015

Museums provide unique stimulation and engagement for people with dementia

Museums hold a unique position in being able to help those living with dementia. Now more and more museums and galleries around the country are rising to the challenge of becoming dementia-friendly, and using their collections to develop innovative schemes to stimulate and engage.Reminiscence is a powerful tool, and museum collections can hold the key […]

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  • 25 September 2015

Not all forms of dementia share the same symptoms of memory loss…

Mention the word “dementia” and people’s first association will almost certainly be “memory loss”. This may be broadly true for Alzheimer’s disease , but it is an association that can be very misleading when it comes to understanding the many, and other, varied causes of dementia.Dementia, in reality, encompasses a great range of symptoms. For many- […]

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  • 18 September 2015