Employment and Young Onset Dementia

Dementia UK have produced a new leaflet offering advice and information for people who are diagnosed with young onset dementia whilst in employment.

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People who are diagnosed with dementia when they are under 65 are described as having young onset dementia. This age group is more likely to be working at the time of diagnosis, and are more likely to have a partner who also works. This can have financial implications, as well as emotional ones. This leaflet from Dementia UK provides advice and information for people in employment at the time of diagnosis, as well as giving details of available support.

Leaflet available at Dementia UK

How the Dementia Access Taskforce is breaking through barriers for future treatments

One year on from the launch of the Dementia Access Taskforce, Melody Paton Borchardt looks at how the work of the Dementia Access Taskforce is breaking through barriers for future treatments | Alzheimer’s Research UK

The Dementia Access Taskforce is a partnership which brings together charities, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, government and people impacted by dementia. The group works to ensure early and accurate diagnosis is available and to prepare so future treatments reach people quickly.  Last year, the taskforce looked at the challenges future treatments for dementia might face in getting to people who need them.

These included:

  • the potential cost
  • the number of people with dementia
  • the resources needed for people to access a new treatment on the NHS.

Over the last year, the group has identified possible barriers for future treatments and created a plan to develop solutions.

The group has three main areas of focus:

  1. Earlier and accurate diagnosis.
  2. Cost of treatments and how to measure their value.
  3. Impact on the health system.

Full article at Alzheimer’s Research UK

Read more about the Dementia Access Taskforce here.


Research shows dementia rates falling by 15% per decade over last 30 years

The risk of developing dementia is falling, thanks to lifestyle improvements such as reductions in smoking, new research has found. Researchers have said that while the overall number of cases is rising due to the population living longer, an individual’s chances of having the disease is going down | Alzheimers Research UK

International experts have presented research indicating that dementia incidence rates may be falling by up to 15% decade on decade. Analysing data from seven population-based studies in the United States and Europe, Prof Hofman and a global team of researchers set out to determine changes in the incidence of dementia between 1988 and 2015.

Of 59,230 individuals included in the research, 5,133 developed dementia. The rate of new dementia cases declined by 15% per decade, a finding that was consistent across the different studies included in the analysis.

The findings will be discussed at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2019 in Harrogate.

Full story at Alzheimer’s Research UK

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In This video, lead author Albert Hofman, discusses trends in dementia incidence over the last three decades at the Alzheimer’s Research UK  Conference 2019. Prof. Hofman goes on to explain the reasoning behind these trends.