Guest Blog: Dr Valerie Egdell, Employment Research Institute, and Professor Jill Stavert & Rebecca McGregor, Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law Rights and Policy, Edinburgh Napier University – Understanding the Legal Implications of Dementia in the Workplace

As outlined by Professor Jane Elliott during the 2015 Future of Ageing conference the most important predictive factor for the development of dementia is age. However, of the over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, in excess of 40,000 are aged under 65 years1. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Dr Matthew Norton – ‘You’re just a bit doolally’: Tackling the stigma of dementia

This is a cross blog post with Alzheimer’s Research UK

Stigma is an issue that continues to blight progress in dementia research and support for people with dementia and their carers. It is mainly exhibited through fear and people who have the condition being discredited or ostracised. It often stems from wider ageism – the idea that older people are ‘doddery but dear’ – dementia is often simply viewed as an extension of this facet. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Carers UK – Supporting a loved one with dementia – employer/employee survey launched by Carers UK

With our ageing population in the UK, dementia is an increasingly important issue. The number of people caring for someone with the condition is set to grow by a quarter to reach 850,000 by the end of the decade.

With more and more people combining work and caring for older, sick or disabled parents and other loved ones, dementia also doesn’t just affect families and healthcare services. It also impacts on workplaces – and therefore businesses and the economy. Continue reading

ILC-UK publishes ‘Factpack’ of demographic statistics

The International Longevity Centre-UK has today published its own ‘Factpack’ of demographic statistics, offering a one-stop shop for facts and figures related to ageing and longevity in the UK. The 12-page booklet provides statistics on a range of topics from life expectancy to housing supply, from pensions to the popularity of smart-phones amongst today’s older generations. Continue reading

Should older people suffering from dementia go to prison?

Former French president  Jacques Chirac, 78 years old, was diagnosed with the symptoms of dementia last  month, two days before the trial for the “bogus jobs” affair opened, a trial in  which Chirac is one of the defendants [1]. Just a few days ago in Cambodia, Ieng  Thirith, the only woman to be tried for the crimes against humanity committed in  Cambodia, aged 79, was also said to be suffering from health issues including  Alzheimer’s which, according to her defence team, make her unfit to stand trial  [2].

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