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Thursday, June 12, 2014

I gave up my career to care for my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s

When her grandmother developed dementia, Sophie Howarth, 26, quit her job and moved in as her carer – it was the best decision she ever made.

Of all the things you expect to be doing when you’re a 23-year-old ­graduate with a great job (and even better prospects), giving it all up to move in with your gran to care for her full time isn’t one of them.

Especially if your 85-year-old gran has severe ­dementia.

But that’s what happened to me and what an eye-opener it has been, profoundly changing my personality, my career path and my whole attitude to life.

Dementia is relentless, depressing and debilitating. And that’s just for the carer.

There were days, in the months after I’d moved from a busy London life to be with my gran in Hadfield, a small Derbyshire village, that I wondered if I, myself, had done the right thing.

I was very low. Gran would ask the same question again and again and again.

If I dared have a quick shower, I would often get the inevitable phone call. ‘Your gran’s outside the post office in her nightie, love’.

This was a job harder than any ­employer could have thrown at me and it was 24/7, with a care allowance income of just £53 a week.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Steroids Prescribed in the ICU Linked to Delirium

Overall, up to 80 percent of ventilated patients develop delirium in the ICU, and researchers have been looking for risk factors.

New Johns Hopkins research suggests that critically ill patients receiving steroids in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) are significantly more likely to develop delirium

Results of their research, they say, suggest minimizing the use of steroids could reduce delirium in the ICU.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Playing an Alzheimer's Sufferer Changed His Understanding of the Disease

"We have a fear of losing our minds, and I'm as bad as anyone else... But when you're going to commit yourself to making a film about the subject, you feel like you have a responsibility to know all you can about the subject," he said.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Walk, fest, music for Alzheimer’s awareness

For the first time, this Memorial Day the Alzheimer’s Awareness Group for Kids will have its own float and walkers in the Memorial Day parade.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dementia patients are being sent from hospital to homes without heating or food

Dementia sufferers are being sent from hospital to homes without heating or food.

A health watchdog has warned as it announces the first national inquiry into the way patients are discharged from wards.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

When is dementia not dementia?

Cognitive tests to help doctors diagnose the disease are claimed to be unreliable


Further to recent complaints by visitors to doctors’ surgeries that they are needlessly being ambushed with cognitive tests so that practitioners meet targets for dementia diagnoses, comes the claim that the tests themselves are unreliable.
“Most patients referred with a diagnosis of possible dementia don’t have it,” observes neurologist Dr Jan Coebergh, writing in the British Medical Journal.
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