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A FIVE-minute test can detect those at highest risk of dementia – a decade before the earliest symptoms appear.

Experts found scanning blood vessels in the neck helped predict whether a middle-aged Brit would suffer rapidly declining brain power ten years later.

Loss of memory, concentration and language skills are all early signs of dementia.

Scientists from University College London carried out ultrasounds on nearly 3,200 people in their 40s and 50s, and then followed them up for 15 years.

Each time the heart beats, it generates a “pulse” that travels around the body.

Healthy arteries cushion this impact, preventing it from reaching more delicate blood vessels.

But ageing and high-blood pressure cause them to stiffen, reducing the protective effect.

As a result, fragile vessels which supply the brain can be damaged by strong pulses and result in mini-strokes – fueling dementia risk.

To read more on this story visit The Sun website.

Why a flu jab matters for people affected by dementia

Flu vaccination, or the flu jab, is available every year on the NHS. It helps to protect people of all ages against the flu virus and related illnesses. But while anyone can get the flu, it’s more dangerous for some people than others.

In particular, flu can be more severe for older people (aged 65+) and those with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease or dementia.

Despite this increased risk, the Department of Health and Social Care reports that only 49.2% of those with chronic neurological disease had the flu vaccination last year.

This led to a rise in admissions to hospital and intensive care for flu-related illness.

Why it matters for people affected by dementia

For someone with dementia, it’s important to remain as fit and healthy as possible. The better they feel, the better life will be for them and those around them.

People living with dementia are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu. Dementia can make people less able to fight off infection. This means that patients are more likely to develop serious complications, including pneumonia, and are more likely to be admitted to hospital.

For more information on this story please visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.

Dementia cafe in Romford assists patients and carers

coffee morning surreyAn idea from the Netherlands is helping those affected by dementia across the UK.

Romford’s dementia cafe is one of more than 250 in the UK, the concept having mushroomed since the first opened in Farnborough, Hampshire in 2000. The idea came from clinical psychologist Dr Bère Miesen and was pioneered in the Netherlands.

Miesen wanted to create a welcoming, relaxed setting where people could share their fears and concerns about dementia and receive help and support. The dementia café model has a specific structure, with an annual programme of themed topics covering a journey through dementia, and focusing on the emotional aspects of living with the illness.

To find out more about the Romford Cafe read the story on the Guardian website.

Dementia care support in Romford

Dementia care: What type of support is available for sufferers of the brain disease?

DEMENTIA care is an important part of dealing and treating the brain disease. Although there is no cure, the right help and support can delay symptoms from progressing and help sufferers of the condition live fulfilled lives.

Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning.

Symptoms of the disease can include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness, language, understanding, judgement, mood, movement and difficulties carrying out daily activities.

The symptoms of dementia tend to develop slowly and worsen with time.

In the much later stages, sufferers will be able to do far less for themselves and may lose much of their ability to communicate.

To find out more about dementia care call us today or read this interesting article at the Daily Express website