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Dementia and love

quote-we-remember-their-loveFor Dementia Awareness Month Day 7, I have been attending a Research Forum, with no time for writing and blogging, or even finishing off one of my draft blogs, but this image and quote, from alzheimers.net says it all for me today.

If you are a care partner for someone with dementia, and feeling jaded, over stretched, sad, or burdened,  please try to remember what it is like on our side of the fence.

Your partner with dementia still loves you.

Please, try to remember their love for you.

We [they] do not mean to be a burden to you.

We are living with a terminal illness, that is stealing our capacity and functioning. It is definitely not fun for us either, and having dementia is not our fault.

We are still deeply in love with our care partner, but we are trapped inside our own body, often unable to explain to you what we want, how we…

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Practical Tests to Determine Individual Biological Age? (BBC News / Genome Biology)

Dementia and Elderly Care News

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Researchers at King’s College London (and internationally) have developed techniques promising to accurately measure a person’s “biological age”. People of the same chronological age vary in their rates of “biological ageing” – sometimes by margins of up to 15 years, plus or minus – so an individual measure of biological age could be a more accurate prognostic measure.

The test under investigation involves examining the “ageing signature” in biomarkers of gene activity across 150 genes in the body’s cells. Such a test would potentially help predict when a person might die, and could help identify people at high-risk of dementia and other conditions; apparently largely independent of (or impervious to) various lifestyle interventions. Such a development would have serious implications for the future of medicine, pensions and insurance, particularly as it is not (yet) known to how to slow the biological ageing processes in question.

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September 2015: World Alzheimer’s Month activities in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

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September 2015: World Alzheimer’s Month activities in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

September 2015 will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2015 is Remember Me. We’re encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.

The impact of September’s campaign is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.

Every September Alzheimer associations across the world take part in an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma faced by older people living with dementia.

Nigeria has been participating in this campaign. For the last couple of Septembers you may have seen us marching through Ibadan and its suburbs to raise awareness about dementia…

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Tribute to Richard Taylor PhD

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 8.12.22 amDementia Alliance International is hosting an online memorial event as part of their A Meeting of The Minds series, Tribute to Richard Taylor PhD. Please join us in remembering Richard.

DATE: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (USA, Canada, UK, Europe) and Thursday, August 20, 2015 (Australia, NZ).

Register here…

Guest speakers: 

Mr Glenn Rees, AM, Chair, Alzheimer’s Disease International
Dr Al Power, Geriatrician, author, educator
Others to be announced. 

Richard Taylor PhD was a founding member of Dementia Alliance International, and has been an advocate and global voice for people with dementia for more than ten years. Sadly, Richard passed away at his home on July 25th, due to cancer.

Richard was 58 years old when he was diagnosed with dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type. He always began his videos and presentations with: “Hello. My name is Richard, and I have dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type.” “Hello” is such…

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Remembering Richard Taylor

In Memory of Dr Richard Taylor Remembering Dr Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor has always inspired and motivated me, and as I mentioned yesterday, he was, and still is, one of my heroes. Many of us living with dementia around the world, and many others who knew him personally or have been influenced by him in some way, are mourning greatly.

A zoom chat to grieve and share our feelings for and thoughts about Richard has been set up by Laura Bowley who has been a volunteer and supporter of Dementia Alliance International and of people living with dementia. Dementia Alliance International will also be holding a memorial webinar to honour him in August, the details of which will be available soon.

It is an open Zoom online meeting room on Tuesday in the USA/Canada/UK/EU and Wednesday in Australia/Japan/NZ/Indonesia  starting at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. UK, 10 a.m. PT, 12 noon CT), or Wednesday isf you live in Australia, Japan or similar…

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Project: Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia

Mariette du Toit

Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia

Deep in Kaokoland (Now Kunene Region) lies a little Himba village. But this is no ordinary Himba Village. This Himba village was built by Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia (ADN) for Himba people with dementia.
In 2012, the force behind ADN, Berrie Holtzhausen, discovered that dementia is far more common among Africans than previously thought. Most cases are seen as bewitching and are not understood as medical. With a lot of ground work, ADN was born and the story of Ndjinaa became local and international news.
A couple of years down the line and Ndjinaa has stabilized and lives quite happily in her village. But as all things go, the project needs money to continue their incredible work in a vast landscape of misunderstandings and cultural indifference. As this is a project close to my heart, I support it whole heartedly and ask you to do the same.
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