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A new 'dementia hotspots' map has revealed the devastating impact of the disease in the Anglia region. Click here.

Three quarters of people in midlife would make lifestyle changes now to reduce their risk of developing dementia in future, the UK’s biggest dementia charities have found. See article on Alzheimer's Research UK website.

Accident and emergency attendance among patients with dementia in the last year of life is both “common” and has increased over time, warn UK researchers, according to an article in Nursing Times.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s is the main cause of death for women says Public Health England, according to an article in The Guardian.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2017) national audit of dementia care in general hospitals 2016-2017: Third round of audit report. Click here.

Technology has so much to offer people living with dementia and their carers: access to information, advice and entertainment as well as reassurance for a carer who does not live near a loved one, according to Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie).

A third of dementia cases 'could be prevented by lifestyle changes' according to a story on the ITV News website.

Dementia has become the leading cause of death among women in England, overtaking heart disease, show new figures from Public Health England according to a story in the BMJ.

Experts in ageing have been awarded £2 million from the Department of Health to focus on dementia care and prevention on a global scale, according to a story on the ITV News website.

Researchers at Wrexham Glyndwr University have joined forces with a US toy maker to conduct research into how robotic companion pets can have a positive impact on people living with dementia, according to a story on ITV news.
Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer, according to the Alzheimer's Society, which is asking everyone to unite against dementia for Dementia Awareness week May 14th - 20th. Find out what is happening here
People with learning disabilities are five times more likely than those in the general population to develop dementia, according to article on
Emmerdale has been praised for raising awareness of dementia. See story on ITV website.
Could a diet drink a day increase your risk of dementia or a stroke, story on ITV website.
Drugs used to treat cancer and depression could also help slow down the effects of dementia a new study claims - story on ITV website.
Sue Ryder has launched a new dementia service for Suffolk (excluding Waveney) called Dementia Together, working in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance, Purple Tuesday and the University of Suffolk to offer a single point of contact for people curious or concerned about dementia. Click here for an information sheet. For a referral form, click here.
Launched at the Housing LIN 2017 annual conference, the Dementia-Friendly Housing Charter is to help professionals in their support of people living with dementia in their homes, and facilitate consistency and good practice. Go to the Housing LIN website.
This new booklet from the Alzheimer's Society for people with young-onset dementia is a free resource to help people understand the condition and how it might affect them. The booklet includes information on support available and advice on living well. Here's the link.
A report on the ITV News website about more specialist nursing becoming available for families living with dementia in Norfolk. Click here for a link to the story.
Former England footballer Alan Shearer is to front a one-off investigation looking into the latest scientific research linking football and dementia which is due to be broadcast in the summer. Click here for details.
The East of England Co-op has been recognised for its dementia-friendly training for colleagues. See here.
It was widely reported that living near a motorway may increase the risk of developing dementia. Report in New Scientist.
Some practical tips for supporting people at home with dementia - useful information on the Housing LIN website. Click here.
Housing LIN Report on individuals with dementia living in extra care housing.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have replaced ischaemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time, according to The Guardian.
The dementia evidence toolkit provides direct access to recent research to support decisions about services and cost.  The toolkit has two resources - a searchable database with information on over 1,433 research studies on interventions for people living with dementia and their carers, and summaries of the research findings for some of the main care and treatment interventions.
On CareKnowledge, a link to a caregiver study about dementia and financial incapacity.
The Suffolk Dementia Providers Forum takes place on 22nd June in Ipswich. Speakers inclue Steven Emmerson on the Suffolk County Council's dementia support, Ruth Gillan speaking about Suffolk Museums reminiscence work, and Katie Read from Suffolk Family Carers. Click here for an agendaClick here for Forum information and a parking form. 

Many people would delay getting a diagnosis for potential dementia because they fear it would mean “life is over”, research by Alzheimer’s Society suggests. Report in The Guardian.

The Alzheimer’s Society has issued a report which highlights concerns about the NHS health care that people with dementia, who live in care homes, are receiving, according to a report on Dementia UK

The UK is home to an estimated 1.2 million older lesbian and gay people, yet they are an invisible population and rarely acknowledged by service providers and commissioners, according to The National Care Forum.

A link to the CareKnowledge website to a report called Dementia Rarely Travels Alone: Living with Dementia and Other Conditions.

"Vital clues about how the brain erases long-term memories have been uncovered by Scottish researchers pointing towards new ways of tackling conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia," according to The Scotman 

UK Government launches 2020 plan for dementia research, care and diagnosis - story on Alzheimer's Research UK website.

People over 40 in England are to be given more information about dementia to help improve early diagnosis of the condition - article on BBC News website.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has a seven-minute film on its website where viewers can find out what it might feel like to live with dementia.Click here to access the film.

The East of England Co-operative Society has been shortlisted for an award recognising its work towards improving attitudes and understanding of dementia.

Care homes need to totally rethink their garden design if they want residents living with dementia to engage with outdoor spaces, a two-year research project has concluded. A report in Horticulture Week.

Dignity in Dementia produced a free app called Dementia Emergency which has been designed to help emergency services, family carers and front line workers respond to emergency situations involving individuals with dementia. Click here for details

Health & Social Care Information Centre has produced a publication which takes information from a variety of sources to provide a compendium of statistics about dementia in England. On the CareKnowledge website.

Nurses in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s dementia care team have developed a nutrition and hydration pathway for patients in hospital who have the condition, according to Nursing Times.Virtual tour offers insight into world of people with dementia. Article in The Guardian.

Once a person with dementia has received a diagnosis it is essential that they, and their families, get appropriate post-diagnostic care throughout the course of their life. Dementia UK collaborates on a Joint Declaration on post-diagnostic dementia care and support.

If you provide dementia support within Suffolk, you are invited to the Suffolk Dementia Providers Forum which is being held on 28th January 2016, 9.30am at Landmark House, Ipswich. Click here to find out more. You can contact Lucy Dougan on 01284 811107 or email

A dementia patient has been awarded compensation after suffering burns in care home - see article on ITV News website

Dementia Ambassadors are helping to raise awareness - an article on Edinburgh Evening News website.