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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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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