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Silent disco for Hertfordshire dementia care home residents
People living with dementia put on their dancing shoes and boogie to Ol' Blue Eyes.

Communication and Dementia

Michael Rosen finds out how best to communicate with people with dementia.
Michael Rosen finds out how best to communicate with people with dementia. Professor Alison Wray shares her new research about the ways in which language is affected by dementia. She offers practical advice to carers, such as to respond to the feeling behind the words being used by the person with dementia rather than to the words themselves.
Producer Beth O'Dea
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Award winning 'magic table' is changing dementia care in Dorset

The 'Tovertafel' is now available to residents with dementia in a Gillingham care home
People living with dementia at a care home in Gillingham will be trying out a new bit of technology soon. The 'Tovertafel' is being described as a 'magic table'. The award-winning innovation from the Netherlands is designed to help people with dementia to be more active.

Graham Brittan is Director of Residential care for Care South which runs the St Martins Grange Care Home in Gillingham. He spoke to Sam Fraser on Breakfast In Dorset.

More people in Middlesbrough becoming dementia friends

Lucy Moody


Watching a loved one living with dementia is hard for all the family.

To see someone you have so many cherished memories with drift away right in front of your eyes is so difficult and that's why it's fantastic news to hear that more people in Midddlesbrough are being trained to become dementia friends.

Almost two thousand people in Middlesbrough have been given a better understanding of dementia by becoming a dementia friend.

The Alzheimer's Society is educating people about the disease - so they can help loved ones or someone they know who's developed it.

Hands of an elderly woman

Brian Rowcroft is a Dementia Friend Champion in Middlesbrough and says people with memory loss need more understanding.

He added: "I'm hoping that people will leave the training with a greater understanding and just think more about what they might be able to do in their community.

"It really is about raising awareness and saying that everyone in one hour can become a dementia friend."

If you are considering it I would highly recommend being trained- I became a dementia friend back in 2016 and have managed to help a number of people within our community.

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Alzheimer's Society

Half of all women predicted to develop dementia

The rate is lower for men, who tend to live less long, says new Dutch report
A new study from the Netherlands indicates that almost a half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, Parkinson's Disease, or have a stroke during their lifetimes. The conditions tend to affect older people. George Perry, chief scientist of the Brain Health Consortium at the University of Texas at San Antonio and editor of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, offers some tips to Newsday's Alan Kasujja.

How music helps the brain

How music helps the brain
Evidence shows music therapy can help people with dementia soothe their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

But only 5% of care homes have good quality arts and music programmes. 

Tim Muffett reports.

Surrey dementia care homes shortfall

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Surrey is facing a shortfall in specialist residential and nursing care for people with complex needs such as dementia, a report has found.

Data suggests there will be 24% more people living with dementia in 2025 than in 2016.

Surrey County Council officers are now looking at ways to meet the shortfall including using council-owned land.

Yesterday cabinet members approved one such scheme.

A 25-year contract is to be given to Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd to build a residential dementia and nursing home at the site of Brockhurst care home in Ottershaw.

The project to demolish the current building and construct the new care home in Brox Road will now be subject to planning approval.