Archive for January, 2011

Welcome change to NICE guidelines for Alzheimer’s drugs

Campaigners and health professionals have welcomed the recent decision by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) to recommend the availability of certain drugs to Alzheimer’s sufferers who are in in the early stages of the disease.

 Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl are often prescribed for patients in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s as, in many cases, they slow the progression of the symptoms of the disease. 465,000 people in the UK are currently affected by Alzheimer’s, and another 62,000 people develop the disease each year. The decision by NICE to recommend the provision of these drugs to early-stage sufferers should ensure a better quality of life for those affected by this form of dementia, and their carers.

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Feathered friends bring delight to Penarth Group

Bart posing for the camera

Members of Crossroads Care in the Vale’s Penarth Social Group received a visit from some owls at their January meeting.

Anne Bird and Alan and Loena Sheppard of ‘Owls 4 U’ brought seven of their feathered friends to visit the group. Asha, Bart, Dai, Dusty, Honey, Babe and Merlin seemed to enjoy the attention they received, and some were even happy to be held and stroked by group members.

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Talks for local Police raise awareness of dementia

Crossroads Care in the Vale has recently been taking a more active role in raising awareness of dementia in the local community.

Jo Hendry, Counsellor and Staff Trainer with Crossroads Care, has been giving talks about dementia to groups of Police Officers in Penarth and Barry. As the Police are often contacted when a person wanders and gets lost, it was felt that additional insight into the forms of dementia, and the effect of the illness on the individual, would be useful.

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Green tea study shows benefits to brain

The health benefits of green tea have been recognised for several centuries but now a team of scientists at Newcastle University claim that drinking the tea could help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

Their research has shown that a component called CAGTE is released when the tea is digested, and this chemical helps prevent the degeneration of brain cells. The study is published in the academic journal Phytomedicine.

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