My ‘Remember Me’ for World Alzheimer’s Day – #beatdementia #WorldAlzMonth Please join in.

September is World Alzheimer's month and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is running a campaign called 'Remember Me' in which they are asking people on World Alzheimer's Day, 21st September to share on social media a favourite photo and short message that captures how they would like to be remembered.  There's also a … Continue reading My ‘Remember Me’ for World Alzheimer’s Day – #beatdementia #WorldAlzMonth Please join in.

Sign-up to help step-up research into dementia: new service enables people to volunteer for research studies #joindementiaresearch @beatdementia

Of all the dementia initiatives announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, this weekend it may prove the pivotal one.  It may not grab headlines in the same way as £ commitments to research or new institutes (although it is doing pretty well). But, without it, this expenditure will be worthless. For other patient populations it … Continue reading Sign-up to help step-up research into dementia: new service enables people to volunteer for research studies #joindementiaresearch @beatdementia

A nod to Nelson Mandela on the eve of the G8 Dementia Summit (agenda published)

It is no surprise that, in death as in life, Nelson Mandela has caused us to gaze upon humanity with warmth and optimism. I am sure I am not alone in having taken a great deal of pleasure from reading the celebrations of his life and reflecting on how different tomorrow would look were it not … Continue reading A nod to Nelson Mandela on the eve of the G8 Dementia Summit (agenda published)

Comment: Is the G8 Dementia Summit about scaling new heights or making base camp?

This time next week they will be laying the tables and giving the carpet at Lancaster House in London one last hoover. All in preparation for the G8 Dementia Summit on 10/11th December 2013. I expect the current stream of articles and stories about dementia will become a veritable flood ahead of the big day. … Continue reading Comment: Is the G8 Dementia Summit about scaling new heights or making base camp?

Blog: How the painter’s brush can help us see the person behind Alzheimer’s disease

We were decluttering the flat this morning and I came across this picture. It had been on my boys' bedroom wall until it was replaced by a Crystal Palace FC 2013 calendar a few weeks ago! In the late nineties I was living in the United States. Off and on, I volunteered for the Cincinnati … Continue reading Blog: How the painter’s brush can help us see the person behind Alzheimer’s disease

Round round get around I get around – Caldicott2, patient data, dementia portal and more!

So sang The Beach Boys who were on Radio 2's 'In Concert' this week.  Not that I'm a great fan but it seemed apposite given my week.  This has involved visits to TrialReach, Oxford (well, virtually!) to discuss plans for public involvement in the Biomedical Research Centre there, my good colleagues at BioMedCentral and, tomorrow, … Continue reading Round round get around I get around – Caldicott2, patient data, dementia portal and more!

World Alzheimer’s Day – from timebomb to tsunami (PLoS an update on patient information and placebos)

Expect lots of news pieces this week about Alzheimer's disease ahead of World Alzheimer's Day (WAD) which takes place on Friday 21st September.  This is one of the better ones I have seen, from the Observer yesterday.  Interesting how the language has changed although the message has not - what was once called a timebomb … Continue reading World Alzheimer’s Day – from timebomb to tsunami (PLoS an update on patient information and placebos)