Dementia organisations fly the flag for music as new study gets underway

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has joined forces with Music for Dementia, a national campaign, to highlight music as a positive way to support people with dementia and inspire those who are working relentlessly on research. The partnership comes as Alzheimer’s Research UK is seeking volunteers with dementia and their carers to sign up to the research platform Join Dementia Research. The platform is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to explore music as a therapy. Alzheimer’s Research UK will supply playlists from…

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Growing up in rural or suburban areas improves spatial navigation

People who grew up in rural or suburban areas have better spatial navigation skills than those raised in cities, particularly cities with grid-pattern streets, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL, University of Lyon and the University of East Anglia (UEA). The researchers also found that people whose home cities had grid layouts were slightly better at navigating similarly organised street patterns, despite having poorer performance overall, as early childhood environments influence not only navigation ability, but navigation styles as well. The study, published in Nature, involved nearly…

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Broadcast consultancy to partner with Alzheimer’s Research UK on pro bono basis for 12 months

After a year of unparalleled difficulties for the charity sector, broadcast experts BF media have announced a year-long pro-bono partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK. Aside from huge financial losses, many charities have struggled over the past year to secure media coverage on subjects such as research and fundraising, due to the news agenda being dominated by COVID-19. For Alzheimer’s Research UK, such coverage is critical for spreading the word about the charity’s work and improving public understanding of dementia, a condition that affects almost 1 million people across the country.…

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Immersive audio play explores dementia and the hope in research

The Window is a thought-provoking immersive audio experience about love and grief, memory and science, and a story about the things families don’t talk about. The play premiers to the public on 31 March. It weaves personal experience of dementia alongside insight into research, charting the emotional personal journey family members often experience when a loved one develops the condition. The Window is the latest artwork from digital story studio Fast Familiar and is funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Inspire Fund. Dementia is caused by diseases and it affects nearly…

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Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes Scottish government’s pledge to research why so many people with dementia have died from COVID-19

Alzheimer’s Research UK has welcomed the Scottish government’s plan to support people with dementia affected by COVID-19, as it vows to carry out research to find out why so many people with dementia have died during the pandemic. The commitment is one of several made in the government’s plan, outlining how it intends to support people with dementia, their carers and families, as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, the National Records of Scotland showed that of all deaths involving COVID-19 between March and June 2020,…

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