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“It’s a maze the system, a terrible maze!”

Posted in Dementia Project News, and Social Care Reform

A new research article by Elizabeth Peel and Rosie Harding has been published ‘online first’ in Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. ‘“It’s a huge maze, the system, it’s a terrible maze”: Dementia carers’ constructions of navigating health and social care services’ explores data from both the…

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Responding to the House of Lords review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Posted in Care Regulation, Court of Protection, Public Policy, and Social Care Reform

The House of Lords has established a Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). The terms of reference for the committee are to “consider and report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005”.The Committee has been taking oral evidence,  and has also published a call for written evidence submissions.…

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How do couples communicate during everyday tasks when one person is caring for the other with dementia? Participants wanted for study

Posted in Dementia Project News

My name is Stephanie Ellis-Gray and I am a trainee clinical psychologist from the University of Birmingham. I am completing a research project with my supervisors, Jan Oyebode and Gerry Riley. I have a long-standing interest in dementia. I have run some carers groups in the past, and have worked…

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The “Terrible Maze” of Services for People Living with Dementia – new journal article accepted for publication

Posted in Dementia Project News, and Publications

It is well known that dementia is a challenging, progressive set of conditions which present a large care burden to informal, family carers. A complex tapestry of health and social care services are needed to support people living with dementia. In a new article that has just been accepted for…

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Person Living with Dementia to Join Dementia Project Blog

Posted in Dementia Project News, and DiaBlog with Larry

We are delighted to welcome Larry Gardiner, who has lived with younger onset dementia for some years, as a contributor to the Dementia Project Blog. Elizabeth met Larry at the Dementia: A National Crisis conference in Birmingham in December 2012 when she was representing the Aston Research Centre for Healthy…

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‘He was like a Zombie’: Off-label prescription of antipsychotic drugs in dementia

Posted in Publications

A new blog post from Rosie Harding and Elizabeth Peel has been posted on the Oxford University Press website,featuring our recent article about the off-label prescription of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia published in the Medical Law Review. You can read the full blog post here: http://blog.oup.com/2012/11/zombie-drugsantipsychotics-dementia/. Because the…

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‘Dementia Friends’ to be trained to help support people with dementia in the community

Posted in Public Policy, and Social Care Reform

As part of the Prime Minister’s challenge on Dementia, David Cameron this week announced that a million people would be trained to be ‘Dementia Friends’, under a scheme led by the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia friends will be trained to spot the signs and symptoms of dementia, to help improve early…

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Audit shows reduction in antipsychotic medication prescribed to people with dementia

Posted in Public Policy

This week saw the publication of results from the National Dementia & Antipsychotic Prescribing Audit 2012. The report, available in pdf format covers the period from 2006 to 2011. The report notes a decrease in the numbers and percentage of people with dementia in England receiving a prescription of antipsychotic…

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