Category about dementia

‘Defending the brain’: one year on

This time last year, Josie Dixon wrote an article in Oxford Today about dementia, for which she interviewed OxDARE’s coordinator, Clare Mackay.  The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia (which initially prompted the formation of OxDARE) led to a huge influx of government funding in 2014, providing the means to improve existing biomedical research infrastructure and […]

Dementia Friends

Today we had a ‘Dementia Friends’ session for Oxford University staff and students, which was led by Claire Sexton, a researcher from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and a Dementia Friends Champion. The aim of the Dementia Friends campaign is to improve understanding and to encourage people to take small actions to help those […]

Organising a dementia-friendly event

Next week is Dementia Awareness Week. If you are running an event that may be attended by people with dementia, here are some factors to take into consideration: Communication Provide good, clear information prior to the event to allow attendees to plan their day in advance. When talking to people: Make and maintain eye contact […]

Prevention or cure?

Over 820,000 people in the UK have dementia. The NHS defines dementia as a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. A wide range of diseases and conditions can cause dementia (Alzheimer’s disease is the most common) and symptoms include memory loss, confusion, mood changes and […]