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This new collection brings together NIHR research relating to dementia. They asked a number of healthcare professionals, carers and service users to comment on selected Alerts that are relevant and important to them. Their commentary provides a valuable insight and highlights what we can learn from the research summarised in the Alerts.
The Alerts included in this collection are:
- Informal dementia carers had to make difficult decisions about paid care during COVID-19
- People with dementia from ethnic minority backgrounds face extra barriers in accessing care
- Careful phrasing of requests by hospital staff could help people with dementia accept care
- Loneliness in people with dementia is linked to social isolation and depression
- People with mild memory problems are left in limbo between health and dementia, and need help to make lifestyle changes
- Most people caring for relatives with dementia experience loneliness
- Occupational therapy at home may benefit people with dementia and their carers
- Working may improve quality of life for carers of people with dementia
- Loneliness, but not social isolation, predicts development of dementia in older people
- Training programme to improve communication between staff and patients with dementia in hospital shows promise
- A less healthy lifestyle increases the risk of dementia
- Goal-setting can help people with early-stage dementia improve function
- Dementia Care Mapping: Care home managers and staff need more support to improve care
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