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Plans afoot for first UK Dementia Village

You may recall we had previously written a piece introducing a small Dutch village called Hogeweyk. Known as ‘Dementia Village’ because the 152 residents who live there all have severe...

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Queen Silvia of Sweden supports IKEA's dementia housing project

Queen Silvia of Sweden made a real statement recently by publicly supporting a new affordable housing scheme, pioneered by Swedish furniture giant IKEA, for those suffering from memory loss. The...

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Amazon's Alexa Helps the Elderly and Disabled Live Independently

Hampshire County Council is the first local authority to use voice recognition technology to support elderly and disabled residents receiving care at home. Working with Amazon, the council is trialling...

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Men in Sheds: A heart-warming community project that is combating loneliness

Loneliness is a real concern for older people and their families. As their ability to get out and about reduces and their social circle decreases, an aged person can find...

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The gourmet care providers aiming for Michelin Stars

The culinary offering of care providers often comes in for criticism by residents, family and the media, and often rightly so. In many instances, quality simply isn't delivered and residents...

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The 'Little Owls' project and the benefits of toddlers visiting care homes

Residents at a care home in Toft, near Cambridge, are benefiting from regular visits by a lively group of local toddlers. The visits are part of the ‘Little Owls’ project...

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The extraordinary Dutch village for people with dementia

In the outskirts of Amsterdam lies a small Dutch village called Hogeweyk. By taking the only entrance into the village, you will discover a radical idea in motion that has the potential to revolutionise dementia care....

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Supermarket checkout 'relaxed lane' for elderly and vulnerable customers is catching on

At the Tesco store in Forres in the Scottish Highlands, you will notice a large sign positioned at the entrance to one of the checkout lanes. It reads, 'Feel free...

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The future? Bringing the community and services together in an Integrated Care Centre

A multi-million-pound Integrated Care Centre, the first of its kind in the UK, is beginning to take shape in the East Yorkshire city of Hull. The new centre will bring...

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Virtual reality is helping architects and designers to create dementia-friendly spaces

Architects and designers of dementia-friendly buildings in the UK are turning to virtual reality to give them a greater intelligence of how things are seen by people with dementia. Learn...

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Monsieur Marchand: The French cyclist breaking records at 105 years old

'I am not here to be a champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike.' The words of Robert Marchand, a...

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STROKESTRA: Stroke rehabilitation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

STROKESTRA is a pilot project which brings stroke patients, carers and therapists from across the Hull and East Yorkshire region together to form an orchestra. The pilot project comes as...

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Occupational therapist pilot project saves more than 15,000 hospital bed days in a year

A study carried out by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) has been looking into the value OTs bring to patients and hospitals. The year-long study is due to be...

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