What is mixed dementia?

Although people tend to use the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s disease interchangeably, there are many different causes for the brain damage associated with the condition. Repeated small strokes, Parkinson’s disease and metabolic disorders like diabetes or thyroid disease can also cause a decline in the ability to think, remember, communicate and reason, that are typical …

Can dementia be cured?

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Frustratingly, medical science has so far been unable to find a cure for dementia. The truth is that there is unlikely to be a single ‘silver bullet’ to treat the condition because the brain damage of dementia is caused by many different diseases. However, research is continuing aimed at reducing risk factors, slowing down the …

Omega-3 and brain health

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Your grandparents probably swore by the health benefits of cod liver oil. A spoonful a day was the dietary supplement of choice for centuries. And it’s no old wives’ tale, fish oils are rich in omega-3, a micronutrient that can have incredible effects on your physical, mental and emotional health and can help you stay …

How is dementia diagnosed?

What causes dementia?
Problems with memory don’t always mean Alzheimer’s, so how can you tell if someone you love has dementia? When a relative is becoming forgetful, confused and withdrawn, you may suspect dementia, but how can you know for sure that they have been affected by the condition? There’s no single test to diagnose dementia. Instead, dementia …

What qualifications should carers have?

There are many things to consider when you are placing someone you love in the care of another person. Carers come from different backgrounds and have different levels of training, experience and qualifications. It can be reassuring to see letters after their name, but are certificates, diplomas or degrees necessary for the very best standard …

Does our brain health vary with the seasons?

what impact does the time of year have on brain health?
Dr Jamie Wilson, founder of hometouch:A study published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS medicine) covering more than 3000 people across the United States, Canada and France examined people’s cognitive function across the different seasons, and found that people with dementia were more cognitively alert in summer and autumn. These findings are consistent with …

Dr Jamie Wilson on ‘24-hour care set to double’

hometouch founder, Dr Jamie Wilson
The newsMany will have seen the news today from the Lancet Public Health journal, that the number of people aged 85 and over needing 24-hour care is set to double. It also found the that the most “high dependent” group – those needing round the clock care – will double. People in this most ‘high …

What is vascular dementia?

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Alzheimer’s isn’t the only reason that dementia develops. One in five people with dementia experience memory loss, communication difficulties and problems with thought and planning because of repeated small strokes in the brain. This is known as vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia. What happens in vascular dementia? In vascular dementia, brain damage develops as a …

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