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Reduction in memory loss due to drinking grape juice

Scientists from the University of Cincinnati have conducted research to investigate claims that drinking grape juice can reduce memory loss.  Grapes grown in the Concord region of New Hampshire were used in the study.  Foods naturally rich in anti-oxidants are thought to have a beneficial effect on cognitive powers, so making grape juice particularly notable for research.  Read more.

The Alzheimer's Choir

Ted and Hilda are members of Singing for the Brain, a group of singers in Bristol made up of people with Alzheimer's and their spouses.  Ted calls his wife of 50 years, his "lovely little stranger", as  she doesn't recognise people close to her, but when the music plays she takes on a different persona.  Hilda can sing along to tunes learnt many years ago. 

Thursday on BBC2 at 9.50pm.  This documentary charts the achievements of this unusual choir.

Businessman Sir Gerry Robinson investigates care for people with dementia

The first of two BBC tv episodes in which Sir Gerry Robinson looks into the provision of care for people with dementia.  Watch on BBC iPlayer.

First episode to be shown on BBC 2 at 9.00pm on Tuesday 8th December 2009.

Living With Dementia

This month Radio 2 takes a closer look at dementia and what life is like for those people who have the illness and for their loved ones.

The Jeremy Vine programme looks at the condition and talks to people who have had a diagnosis.

Social Care Plans

Free personal care for older people in their own home, read the Alzheimer's Society's response on the Government's proposed care plans.

Debate on the future of care, Age Concern's response to this story.

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New Carers' Group for Kenilworth

Carers, if you need advice, ideas or simply a listening ear then you will be made very welcome at the St Francis of Assisi Church, Warwick Road, Kenilworth.  Come along and listen to guest speakers talking on such subjects as pensions and energy efficiency in the home.  Contact Amanda for more information 01926 485486.

People with dementia are being prescribed unnecessary drugs

Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat MP has led a 10-year campaign highlighting the risks of over and inappropriate prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs .  He says,

“The evidence that anti-psychotic drugs do more harm than good has been mounting for years. There is next to no benefit for the older person and prolonged prescribing can lead to premature death.

The Government has sat on this review for long enough. What is needed now is leadership and a relentless drive to end abusive prescribing.”

Carers' Rights Day

As part of Carers’ Rights Day, Guideposts Trust and South Warwickshire Carers' Support Service in conjunction with Warwickshire County Council,  have organised information events throughout Warwickshire.  This year’s theme is Caring For Your Income and Pension.  Getting the right information is so important for all carers.  Come along on Friday 4th December between 10.30am and 3.30pm at any of these venues  to find out more about what help is avail

Nuffield Council on Bioethics report

The work done by Guideposts Trust is recognised in a new report on dementia care.  The Help at Home Service provided from Rugby, supports people with dementia who live at home.  This report acknowledges the specialist nature of the support offered, providing a person-centred approach to care with a focus on people’s abilities and strengths.

Links to dementia for people with Down's Syndrome

It has been known for some years that there is a higher incidence of dementia among ageing people with Down's Syndrome with many showing early symptoms in their fifties.  Care Services minister Phil Hope says that plans for the care system will mean that it works better for everyone, making it fairer, simpler and more afordable.

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