Music for Dementia 2020 website launches in UK

New website is the first ever central information hub for advice, evidence-based research and expertise on why music is important for people living with dementia and their carers | via Music:Ed

Music for Dementia 2020 will promote a wide range of musical activities available for people living with dementia – from how to compile a playlist to advice on how to find a music therapist.


The website is structured for interactive use by carers, health professionals, practitioners, commissioners, academics and researchers – and, most importantly, people living with dementia. It incorporates case studies, blogs, interactive short films and advice and guidance from across the health, care, dementia and music sectors.

According to Music for Dementia 2020:

Research shows that when used appropriately through a personalised approach, music can make the delivery of care more effective and efficient, enabling carers to have more time to create meaningful moments with the people they are caring for. Music enhances people’s experiences of using services and helps people living with dementia to be seen for who they are, beyond their dementia‘.

Related: Commission on Dementia and Music | What would life be – without a song or dance, what are we?

Biggest ever map of human Alzheimer’s brain published

Alzheimer’s Research UK | February 2019| Biggest ever map of human Alzheimer’s brain published

A study of the differences between healthy brains and those with Alzheimer’s Disease has produced largest dataset of its type ever.

The team included researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool and Auckland. The dataset is now freely available online for any scientist to use.

The research team also show that one region of the brain previously thought to be unaffected by the disease, the cerebellum, displayed a series of changes which they think might protect it from damage caused by Alzheimer’s.

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The development is an important advance for scientists researching Alzheimer’s. Their analysis, mapped the relative levels of over 5,825 distinct proteins across six regions of the brain, generated a massive 24,024 data points.

The brain regions in the study included the more heavily affected Hippocampus, Entorhinal cortex, Cingulate gyrus and the less affected Motor Cortex, Sensory Cortex, and Cerebellum.

Full details from Alzheimer’s Research UK

See also: University of Manchester Biggest ever map of human Alzheimer’s brain published

Half of UK adults can’t identify single key risk factor for dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK | February 2019 | Half of UK adults can’t identify single key risk factor for dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has published its findings  from one of the most comprehensive surveys of UK-wide public perceptions of dementia. They have been published today (6 February) by Alzheimer’s Research UK. The Dementia Attitudes Monitor, which will be repeated biennially, includes data from 2,361 interviews conducted by Ipsos MORI between 15 June and 5 July 2018.

The charity’s findings highlight enduring misconceptions around the physical nature of the diseases that cause dementia as well as low understanding of the risk factors for dementia, which is now the leading cause of death in the UK.

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The Monitor reveals that just 1% of UK adults are able to name seven known risk or protective factors for the dementia (risk factors: heavy drinking, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes, protective factor: physical exercise) and 48% fail to identify any. With a third of cases of dementia thought to be influenced by factors in our control to change, the findings highlight a clear need for education around dementia prevention.

Key findings include:

  • More than half of UK adults (52%) now say they know someone with dementia.
  • Only half (51%) recognise that dementia is a cause of death* and more than 1 in 5 (22%) incorrectly believes it’s an inevitable part of getting older.
  • Only 34% of people believe it’s possible to reduce the risk of dementia, compared with 77% for heart disease and 81% for diabetes.
  • Three-quarters (73%) of adults would want to be given information in midlife about their personal risk of developing dementia later in life, if doctors could do so.

*Base: Adults 15+ in UK without a dementia diagnosis (2,354) (Source: Alzheimer’s Research UK)

Read the full news release at Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK Half of UK adults can’t identify single key risk factor for dementia

Read the full report here

See also:

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Research Hub  Public attitudes towards dementia

In the news:

BBC News Dementia risk factors not known by half the population

Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day

Carers UK | February 2019 | Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day

Research released by Carers UK reveals that 2.6 million people have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone – a figure that equates to more than 600 people every day.  Carers UK report that this is a 12 per cent increase since Carers UK and YouGov polled the public in 2013.


The findings also show that more people are caring than previously thought, with almost 5 million workers now juggling their paid job with caring – a dramatic rise compared with Census 2011 figures of 3 million.

  • 1 in 7 of the UK workforce caring for a loved one
  • 6 million have quit their job to care
  • Carers UK calls for better employment rights including five to 10 days paid care leave (Source: Carers UK)

Carers UK Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day

In the news:

BBC News Carers quitting jobs from pressure

Yorkshire Post More than 600 carers a day are being forced to quit work to look after loved ones

Sky News Hundreds forced to quit paid work every day to look after relatives