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Tele-counselling services for dementia patients launched

The Punjab Mental Health Helpline of Government College University (GCU) Lahore initiated tele-counselling services for the caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients on Friday.

Punjab Health Minister Prof Dr Yasmin Rashid opened the new section of the helpline. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi gave a briefing about this special section added to the […]

Coronavirus lockdown: Dementia patients unable to access vital support networks

People with dementia are being cut off from vital support networks by the Covid-19 pandemic amid fears a lack of social contact during the lockdown could be causing a deterioration in their condition.

Families are contacting charity helplines saying the closure of day-care centres and visiting restrictions imposed at care homes are having a […]

Forget Me Not: Continuing to help those with Dementia During the Coronavirus Crisis

“People with dementia are feeling more isolated than ever before,” says Natalie Allcock, CEO of VIP Day Care – the award winning day care centres in Redditch and Bromsgrove which specialise in supporting people with dementia.

But due to the Coronavirus crisis and government guidelines, dementia organisations such as VIP Day Care have sadly had […]

Deaths from dementia double since coronavirus lockdown began

New figures show that in one week there were more than 100 extra deaths from dementia than is normal for the time of year.

There were also more cancer and heart and stroke deaths but the numbers for dementia were far higher.

For the last week available, up to April 20, there were 196 deaths […]

Dementia caregivers find hope in technology and family during COVID-19 pandemic

Families caring for those with dementia are turning to video calls to fill the void of in-person visits.

As physical distancing and visitor restrictions tighten up at long-term care facilities, Windsorite Katrina Turpin can only communicate with her mother through Facetime.

“My mom is quite confused right now, due to the fact that she is […]

Nonprofit launches virtual dementia care service, including remote patient monitoring

Family caregivers around the country have lost vital support services due to COVID-19. Now, one program is hoping to help by launching a virtual dementia care service.

The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers in San Diego has launched a new service called GLENNERCARE to provide relief to families across the country. Members of the […]

Digital solutions for dementia care

Telehealth delivery of dementia care in the home can be as effective as face-to-face home visit services if carers and recipients take advantage of the technologies available, Australian researchers say.

Dementia affects almost 50 million people worldwide, which is predicted to increase to 131.5 million people by 2050. Every three seconds someone in the world […]

A personal note: caring for a mother with dementia

My own mother suffered for six years with dementia before succumbing to the disease April 25, 2018.

The disease is more than just forgetfulness, and causes personality and behavioral challenges that I never expected.

For a time, my sisters and I cared for her in our homes until her care demanded so much more than […]

Families with loved ones experiencing dementia deal with challenges during pandemic

It’s difficult for Toni Swearingen to explain to her mother through a video call why she can’t visit her.

Her mom, Betty Peterson, lives in the dementia unit at Providence Horizon House in Anchorage. Protections are in place to keep the residents safe from the virus, including banning visitation.

“Why are we talking on TV,” […]

Dutch Supreme Court rules doctors can euthanize dementia patients

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday, April 21, that it is lawful for doctors to euthanize patients with severe dementia, provided that the patient had expressed a desire to be euthanized while still legally capable of doing so.

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