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October 2018 is Positive Ageing Month and there are a whole host of different events happening across Northern Ireland. Find out what is going on in your area by getting your copy of the Positive Ageing Guide for 2018 . Events range from visual arts and crafts workshops, tea dances, digital...
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To mark the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland, we’re looking to hear from people born in 1921 who might like to talk to us about growing up, their families, their work, and how their lives changed through the decades. DoubleBand Films, based in Belfast, is making a documentary called...
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Alzheimer’s Society has teamed up with Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland (GBNI). This special partnership aims to raise awareness of dementia among girls and young women across Northern Ireland. Find out more about how GBNI and the Society are working together to create a dementia-friendly...
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Last year, it was suspected that Karenza’s father had an infection. When doctors started mentioning dementia, Karenza and her family began to research it. Once Karenza’s dad was diagnosed with advanced dementia with Lewy bodies, she found advice and guidance from the Alzheimer’s...
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The number of older people needing community or residential care will rise to 1.2 million by 2040 - almost double the 2015 rate - according to a government commissioned report. Find out more
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Researchers say drug has little benefit when taken by healthy people aged over 70 Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found. While a daily dose of the blood-thinning medicine can protect older people who have...
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Researchers say drug has little benefit when taken by healthy people aged over 70 Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found. While a daily dose of the blood-thinning medicine can protect older people who have...
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Our new Dementia-friendly media and broadcast guide calls on journalists and broadcasters to change the conversation around dementia. Find out why and see what you can do to help. The media has a big role to play in shaping how society thinks about dementia. Media outlets like newspapers do vital...
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After Gemma’s dad Stephan was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, she began taking on Memory Walk, before joining Alzheimer’s Society as a volunteer. She explains why volunteering can make such a huge difference for people living with dementia and what inspires her to get involved. Gemma’...
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Photo credit: Jon Holloway, Arts 4 Dementia, and Southbank Centre Research has proven that art therapy can be beneficial for people living with dementia. Art therapies engage attention, provide pleasure and may improve symptoms such as anxiety and apathy. Created pieces of art can also be helpful...
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Many of us will feel lonely occasionally. Being alone every once in a while can be beneficial. It may provide an opportunity for self-reflection and awareness. However, research suggests that social isolation and loneliness can be harmful. Here we discuss the Government’s loneliness strategy, and...
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Newspapers are often full of headlines about dementia. Recently some of them have written articles about whether or not dementia drugs might cause heart problems. It can be challenging to know if there is research-based evidence behind news stories. Read about the different types of dementia drugs...
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Local charity Dementia NI is a membership organisation specifically for people living with dementia. Dementia NI was incorporated as a company on the 15th January 2015 by five people living with dementia, who wanted to ensure that the voice of people living with dementia is at the core of policy,...
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The Dementia JAM Card, for people living with dementia/memory problems, is a discreet way of telling people that they may sometimes need a little extra time and patience. The award-winning JAM Card (Just A Minute) allows people with dementia or other communication barriers to ask for just a minute...
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The head of a charity that advocates for older people has expressed distress at the treatment of residents living in a Co Antrim care home.
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When Kathy’s father-in-law and brother developed Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Society magazine helped her cope. Now, Kathy has organised a Memory Walk to raise awareness and essential funds for dementia research. This is her story. Kathy is ready to take part in Memory Walk My late father-...
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The number of people in the UK aged over 85 who’ll need round the clock care is set to double by 2035, according to a major new study. But there could be an alternative solution to the standard model of an old people’s home... Find out more on Channel 4
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Alzheimer’s Society supports cutting edge research across the UK to develop new and improved treatments for dementia and ultimately find a cure. Research will beat dementia and clinical trials are vital to making this a reality. Without clinical trials, we can’t be sure how effective or safe a drug...
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The social care system is "at breaking point", a local government official warns.
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Ma is the mother of Dilly’s husband (Mr B), she was diagnosed with dementia in 2012. Ma agreed to let Dilly write about the family’s life and experiences in the Life with Ma series. Dilly’s story continues… A new arrival My daughter has had a baby, so we phone Ma to tell her the news. She...

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