First off, an anecdote inspired by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP's, announcement to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS, that all older people will have a named clinician responsible for their care. This is absolutely good news. But it's the view down the narrow end of the telescope. I wonder how things might … Continue reading Wither research into the needs of older people [sic] ???
Alzheimer's disease is getting a reputation for its merciless pursuit of the political elite of the 70s and 80s. Think Harold Wilson, Ronald Reagan and now Mrs Thatcher. One hopes that some good may come of it; a doubling of the efforts to find a cure would be a most suitable legacy. Of their passing from this … Continue reading Blog: Alzheimer’s should be more than a footnote in Mrs Thatcher’s story #Thatcher
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)
This morning's news bulletins are full of stories trailing the Prime Minister's speech in London later today, when he is expected to launch a national challenge on dementia - from accelerating research funding and setting up a new academic science centre, to establishing a national screening programme and encouraging people to donate their brains to research. … Continue reading From crisis to challenge: PM to spell out new dementia plan including research boost