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Alzheimer book wins Orwell Prize

Congratulations to Andrea Gillies for winning the coveted Orwell Book Prize, Keeper: Living with Nancy. A journey into Alzheimer’s. It’s not a sexy subject, and normally this award is given for a political book. But this true, poignant swept judges off their feet. Maybe they thought that one day it could be them, just like it could be us. Maybe they have a loved one battling this...
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Who is the Court of Protection really protecting?

They say you judge a nation by the way it looks after its elderly and vulnerable population. So who can defend this very disturbing report in today’s Mail on Sunday which claims that the Court of Protection is seizing the assets of thousands of elderly and mentally impaired people and turning control of their lives over to the State – against the wishes of their relatives. The Court of...
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One woman’s crusade to help dementia sufferers

This is National Dementia Week and I am promoting it with this guest post written by Joanne Knowles, who is tirelessly crusading for sufferers to be helped with a clinically approved course which she feels passionately about. I can totally understand why Joanne (pic below) wants to do everything she can to help her mother who has dementia – they are pictured together here at Joanne’s 21st...
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Government’s failure on dementia

I believe you judge a society by the way it care for those who are vulnerable. What is so disappointing about the government’s National Dementia Strategy which has just been announced is that it sadly fails to support much needed research into dementia. Ask anyone around you that if they knew they were going to have Alzheimer’s in 10 years time, what would they rather have –...
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Could stem cell research helped save Daniel?

As a mother whose two sons were both enthusiastic rugby players for several years, I admit there were times when I could not bear to watch the most brutal parts of the game on the touch line. This involved David and James being thrown horribly to the ground like a rag doll and players piling on top of them. I would turn away as they became hidden under the bulk of burly bodies wrestling away on...
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Ask sufferers of Alzheimer’s about new research

New hybrid embryo laws could allow scientists to carry out controversial stem cell research using hybrid human-animal embryos in the hope that it will speed up treatment for cancer and conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neurone Disease. MPs are to vote over the next couple of days on a series of  reforms to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which are...
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Why isn’t £2.50 a day value for money for Alzheimer sufferers?

I don’t understand the reasons for NICE’s refusal to allow Alzheimer sufferers access to drugs costing £2.50 a day at the early stage of this terrible, soul destroying illness. There was enough evidence on the news this morning from sufferers who described the incredible difference it had made to their lives in a matter of weeks. If the drugs do not prove effective, then surely the...
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