Dementia, communication, Isolation – Event this Wednesday

CaptureWednesday 4th March Open Event at Rossetti Care

On Wednesday this week we are exploring topics that where touched upon in our January Open Event. Participants wanted more information on what dementia is and how it differs from other conditions experienced by older people. They also asked shared the frustration encountered in communicating with people with dementia and wanted some information and strategies for better communication.

We have added these subjects to our programmed item “Tackling Isolation – Community Involvement” to explore at the forthcoming open event. The programme topics are:

  • What is Dementia?
  • Communication and Dementia
  • Tackling Isolation – Community Involvement

If you are interested in any of the topics under discussion please attend. Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

The event will be held at the Rossetti Care HQ in Tose, near Moniya. For those needing transport the pick-up point is:

  • 4 University Crescent, Bodija at 10am

Open day at Rossetti Care

CaptureOpen Event, Wednesday 4th March 2015

Following the success of the open event in January 2015 Rossetti Care have decided to continue with the open day format as part of the awareness building campaign in support of elderly people in Nigeria.

The two main themes for the March event are Communication and Community Involvement for people living with dementia in Nigeria.

Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

Transport and pick up details to follow.

Start the year with a wellness check at Rossetti Care

Rossetti Care invites you to their first event of 2015 on Wednesday 14th January 2015 starting at 11am

The event is open for the over 65’s and those who care for them and features:

  • Wellness check
  • Awareness programme
  • Q&A
  • Lunch
  • Dance

All for just N2K to cover expenses.

The event will be held at the Rossetti Care HQ in Tose, near Moniya. For those needing transport the pick-up point is:

  • 4 University Crescent, Bodija at 10am

Text RESERVATION to 07068633627 to reserve your place.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Happy and healthy new year!

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World Alzheimer Report 2014

World Alzheimer Report 2014 Reveals Persuasive Evidence For Dementia Risk Reduction

London, 17 September 2014

Dementia risk for populations can be modified through tobacco control and better prevention, detection and control of hypertension and diabetes.

The World Alzheimer Report 2014 ‘Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors’, released today, calls for dementia to be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs).

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) commissioned a team of researchers, led by Professor Martin Prince from King’s College London, to produce the report. ADI is publishing this report, in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day™ (21 September) and as a part of World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The report reveals that control of diabetes and high blood pressure as well as measures to encourage smoking cessation and to reduce cardiovascular risk, have the potential to reduce the risk of dementia even in late-life. The report found that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50%. Obesity and lack of physical activity are important risk factors for diabetes and hypertension, and should, therefore, also be targeted.

While cardiovascular health is improving in many high income countries, many low and middle income countries show a recent pattern of increasing exposure to cardiovascular risk factors, with rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Smoking cessation is strongly linked in the report with a reduction in dementia risk. For example, studies of dementia incidence among people aged 65 years and over show that ex-smokers have a similar risk to those who have never smoked, while those who continue to smoke are at much higher risk.

Furthermore, the study revealed that those who have had better educational opportunities have a lower risk of dementia in late-life. Evidence suggests that education has no impact on the brain changes that lead to dementia, but reduces their impact on intellectual functioning.

The evidence in the report suggest that if we enter old age with better developed, healthier brains we are likely to live longer, happier and more independent lives, with a much reduced chance of developing dementia. Brain health promotion is important across the life span, but particularly in mid-life, as changes in the brain can begin decades before symptoms appear.

The study also urges NCD programs to be more inclusive of older people, with the message that it’s never too late to make a change, as the future course of the global dementia epidemic is likely to depend crucially upon the success or failure of efforts to improve global public health, across the population. Combining efforts to tackle the increasing global burden of NCDs will be strategically important, efficient and cost effective. Leading a healthier lifestyle is a positive step towards preventing a range of long-term diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

However, survey data released by Bupa* has shown that many people are unclear about the causes and actions they can take to potentially reduce their risk of dementia. Just over a sixth (17%) of people realised that social interaction with friends and family could impact on the risk. Only a quarter (25%) identified being overweight as a possible factor, and only one in five (23%) said physical activity could affect the risk of developing dementia and losing their memories. The survey also revealed that over two thirds (68%) of people surveyed around the world are concerned about getting dementia in later life.

Professor Martin Prince, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and author of the report, commented: “There is already evidence from several studies that the incidence of dementia may be falling in high income countries, linked to improvements in education and cardiovascular health. We need to do all we can to accentuate these trends. With a global cost of over US$ 600 billion, the stakes could hardly be higher.”

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International said: “From a public health perspective, it is important to note that most of the risk factors for dementia overlap with those for the other major non communicable diseases (NCDs). In high income countries, there is an increased focus on healthier lifestyles, but this is not always the case with lower and middle income countries. By 2050, we estimate that 71% of people living with dementia will live in these regions, so implementing effective public health campaigns may help to reduce the global risk.”

Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa, said: “While age and genetics are part of the disease’s risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting some exercise, and having a good education, coupled with challenging your brain to ensure it is kept active, can all play a part in minimising your chances of developing dementia. People who already have dementia, or signs of it, can also do these things, which may help to slow the progression of the disease.”

The full report can be found here: www.alz.co.uk/worldreport2014

 

September 2014: World Alzheimer’s Month activity in Ibadan

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. Last September you may have seen us marching through Ibadan to raise awareness about dementia in our country.

Alz_march_banner1This year at Rossetti Care, we are working with the theme to inform people of ways to reduce the risk of getting dementia as well as raising awareness about how we could better care for our loved ones living with dementia.

The programme starts with a Communion Service followed by discussions, singing, music, dancing and good food at our main building in Tose, near Moniya.  Please join us at 3pm on Sunday September 21st at Rossetti Care, Wahabi Olayiwola Layout, Tose, Moniya, Ibadan.

We do not have to look far to see that Nigeria’s aging population is growing. As our baby boomers get older and approach retirement it is vital that we start to understand and plan for their, and our, care needs as well as the already aged people with we live with.  Part of this is to reduce the risk of getting dementia as we age. Research shows that there are five main drivers to reducing the risk of developing dementia. They are good care of your heart, keeping physically active, having a healthy diet, keeping mentally active and being in good company taking part in social activities.

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We all know a mischievous Uncle, Auntie or grandparent and we love them. Old people, and especially old people with dementia, can be a challenge but they can also be great fun and they still have the capacity to enjoy themselves heartily.  Come and see this for yourself by joining us on 21st September 2014 to celebrate our older people, learn more about how best to care for them and get information about how help reduce our risk of developing dementia with brain healthy lifestyles. For details email info@rossetticare.com

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10 September 2014

Hestelle – The Carer’s Story

hestelleSandra Harper, a photographer living in England, has kindly given permission for us to reproduce some of her mother’s personal story. Sandra’s mother, Hestelle, cared for her husband Alexander as he developed dementia in his later years. Hestelle’s story and Sandra’s photographic representation of it is inspiring and shows how we can care for our loved ones with family support.

To read Hestelle’s story see: http://www.sandra-harper.com/story/

To view Sandra’s moving slideshow see: http://www.sandra-harper.com/hestelle-the-carers-story/

 

Risperidone – Antipsychotic drug and people with dementia

Respiridone is a drug that is commonly used for patients living with dementia in Nigeria. The drug can have positive effects for people exhibiting persistent aggression who may put themselves or others at risk of harm but it should only be used as a short-term measure due to other risks associated.

Clinical trials have proven a link between the use of Respiridone and stroke in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Respiridone should therefore only be used for a short period, say three weeks, whilst other means are found to manage persistent aggression.

Antipsychotic drugs should never be used  to pacify people who are not psychotic.

Advice for healthcare professionals:

There is a clear increased risk of stroke and a small increased risk of death when antipsychotics (typical or atypical) are used in elderly people with dementia

The balance of risks and benefits associated with risperidone treatment should be carefully assessed for every patient, taking into consideration the known increased mortality rate associated with antipsychotic treatment in the elderly. Prescribers should carefully consider the risk of cerebrovascular events before treating with risperidone  any patient who has a previous history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack. Consideration should also be given to other risk factors for cerebrovascular disease including hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and atrial fibrillation.

G8 Leaders pledge to find Dementia cure by 2025

g8dementiasummit_1-in-3Leading scientists highlighted the possibility for breakthroughs in the hunt for a dementia drug to provide an effective “cure” for dementia for the G8 summit on 11 December 2013.  The G8 summit committed member nations to sign up to “The ambition to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 and to increase collectively and significantly the amount of funding for dementia research to reach that goal”.

As the health ministers of G8 nations met in London for a landmark dementia summit in December 2013, senior British researchers spearheading efforts to find a dementia cure said that research had entered “a new era”.  “I am more encouraged for the future now, than I have ever been,” said Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK. “We now understand far better, that the pathology of this disease starts early on, maybe 10 years before we see any symptoms. We now have the tools to image that pathology…that will enable us to investigate drugs that will affect it. I am full of hope that we are going to have a breakthrough in the next five years”.

Clinical trials of a new Alzheimer’s drug had already shown the potential for it to be effective in mild cases, he said, adding that the manufacturer was now working on further trials to investigate its effect on patients with mild symptoms of dementia. If successful, the drug could eventually be prescribed as a preventive before symptoms of dementia begin to show, delaying or halting the onset of the disease, in the same way that statins are currently prescribed to people at high risk of heart disease or stroke.

“As soon as we get efficacy in one drug that will unlock so many other things,” Dr Karran added. “We’ll then have an understanding of the biomarkers that will help us bring through other drugs far more rapidly.”

Highlighting the urgency of scientists’ efforts to combat the disease, the Alzheimer’s Society published new figures revealing that the global burden of dementia has increased by 22 per cent in just three years. 44 million people worldwide now have the disease, a figure which is projected to rise to 76 million by 2030. In western Europe, incidence rates are on track to double by 2050.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society said that dementia was becoming “the biggest health and social care challenge of this generation.”

 The G8 is our once in a generation chance to conquer this condition and we must see meaningful action after the talking is over.

We live in hope that the same international effort taken to eradicate diseases such as smallpox can now be brought to bear on dementia within our lifetime so that our generation can be the first to not have to be a burden on our children as we get older. Let us also hope that our generation can step forward to give the care and love required for those presently living with dementia to not have to suffer unnecessarily.