Periodontal disease: Does it increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment?

Participants who reported higher levels of depression and social isolation had greater risk of loneliness, along with people living alone with dementia.

This blog on a review evaluating the association between periodontal disease (PD), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) was written by the Scottish Special Care StRs following a critical appraisal workshop. The review included 13 studies and suggests a link between PD and AD/MCI, but the evidence is limited.

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Are ethnic minorities under-represented in memory services?

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Harmony Jiang reviews a study exploring the representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in memory services in Leicester and Leicestershire.

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Are changes in blood pressure and weight linked to later dementia?

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Meenakshi Shukla summarises a systematic review exploring the trajectory of blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and incident dementia.

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New review suggests that PTSD may be a modifiable risk factor for dementia

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Anjuli Kaul blogs about a new systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal cohort studies, which explores the relationship between PTSD and all-cause dementia.

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The Care Ecosystem: telephone support to help people with dementia and their carers

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A UCL MSc group of students review a US randomised controlled trial of the ‘Care Ecosystem’; collaborative care for dementia delivered by telephone and internet, which suggests improvements in quality of life and caregiver well-being, and reductions in health service use.

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New evidence on treatments for symptoms of depression in dementia

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Andrew Sommerlad appraises a recent review on the efficacy of interventions for depression in people with dementia, which identified several non-drug treatments that can have a meaningful effect on depressive symptoms in dementia.

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Dementia care during COVID-19: difficult choices for unpaid carers

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In her debut blog, Catherine Talbot reviews a recent qualitative study, which explores the decision-making process for receiving paid home care for people with dementia during COVID-19.

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Advance Care Planning for people with dementia: recognising moral dilemmas faced by physicians

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In his debut blog, Justin Chan appraises a meta-review on the moral barriers and facilitators that physicians encounter when talking about Advance Care Planning for people with dementia.

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What do dementia stakeholders think about Cognitive Stimulation Therapy?

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A group of students from the UCL MSc in Mental Health Studies summarise a review on dementia stakeholders’ perceptions of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.

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Dementia and loneliness: prevalence and determinants for people living in the UK

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Rosie Mansfield summarises recent findings from the IDEAL programme on the prevalence and determinants of loneliness in people living with dementia.

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