World Alzheimers Day 2017

On #WORLDALZHEIMERSDAY we look at the latest statistics and what can be done to help people with Alzheimers.

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to treble in Ireland by 2041. There are currently 42,000 people living with the disease here. But that is set to increase to 140,000 cases in less than 30 years.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease globally, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. (source, BBC news).

Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. 

Caring for a person with dementia can be very demanding but Bluebird Care can help you to support your loved one by offering advice, guidance and support, assessing and then developing a person centred support plan which is implemented by experienced staff. Support can be on a regular basis or short term to provide a break for family members and carers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop. They also become more severe.

But dementia is no longer the taboo topic it once was. People are talking more frankly about living with dementia than ever before. That’s thanks in part to the power of social media.

Everyday tasks such as washing and dressing can be difficult and cause stress and anxiety for the person. This is where our staff can help by working with them in a respectful and dignified manner. Washing and toileting is something most of us have done in private since childhood so the lack of privacy and self-consciousness is easy to understand. Staff are trained to encourage independence and offer choices whilst respecting privacy and maintaining safety.

Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is important and very often a person with dementia loses interest in food which will affect their over-all health and well- being. Bluebird Care staff can assist in preparing a nutritious meal and present it in a manner that looks appealing.

Bluebird Care staff can provide companionship and encourage activities which people have previously enjoyed such as gardening, walking or even swimming.

Challenging or unusual behaviour can be confusing and difficult to deal with. Staff at Bluebird Care can help you by advising on how to manage this by working with you to identify what may be causing the behaviour of your loved one and finding ways to overcome the problem so that the situation can become more manageable.

 

10 early symptoms of Dementia

10 Early Symptoms Of Dementia

Did you know that 35,000 people are living with Dementia in Ireland? It is the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease so if you are worried about a love one look out for early symptoms of Dementia.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the umbrella term used for a range of symptoms, which manifest in a decline in intellectual functioning, caused by degenerative disease of the brain. This decline in functioning can lead to a progressive deterioration in memory, intellect, judgement, language, insight and social skills. It effects the persons ability to carry out daily activities and may also effect their mood and personality.

10 most common symptoms of Dementia

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in performing everyday tasks
  • Changes in mood and behaviour
  • Changes in personality
  • Disorientation in familiar surroundings
  • Problems with language
  • Poor or decreased judgement
  • Misplacing things regularly
  • Difficulty solving problems or doing puzzles
  • Loss of interest in starting projects or doing things

Dementia Infographic

 

10 early signs of Dementia

10 early signs of Dementia

Are you worried?

Don’t worry alone, reach out and ask for help if you are worried about yourself or a loved one. You should first make an appointment with your GP. You can also contact the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland which is a charity offering free support and advice.

Useful Contacts:

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
National Helpline Freephone 1800 341 341
Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm
Email: info@alzheimer.ie
Website: www.alzheimer.ie

Dementia Services Information and Development Centre
Top Floor, Hospital 4
St. James’s Hospital
James’s Street
Dublin 8
Telephone: 01 416 2035
Email: dsidc@stjames.ie
Website: www.dementia.ie

HSE National Information Line
Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm
Call Save: 1850 24 1850
Email: info@hse.ie

Specialised homecare for Dementia

Caring for a person with dementia can be very demanding but Bluebird Care can help you to support your loved one by offering advice, guidance and support, assessing and then developing a person centred support plan which is implemented by experienced staff. Support can be on a regular basis or short term to provide a break for family members and carers.

Here is an example of a customer with dementia.

Homecare support for Dementia sufferers from Bluebird Care

Homecare support for Dementia sufferers from Bluebird Care

 

Request a free care assessment from a registered nurse

If you would like to find out more about specialised Dementia support and homecare services from Bluebird Care, simply contact your local office and a registered nurse will call you back and / or arrange to meet you. He/she will then develop a person-centred care plan for you to suit your needs.

Locall 0818 227 052 or email info@bluebirdcare.ie.

Applications Now Open for Innovation in Dementia Award

The Dementia Elevator team in Dublin City University are inviting applications for the third Innovation in Dementia Award.

This award will be presented to a project that plays a role in improving the quality of life of people with dementia, their caregivers, loved ones, and/or health professionals working in dementia care.

Dementia Elevator Programme DCU

Applicants across all settings including (but not limited to) home, community, business, arts, technology and healthcare are invited to apply. The successful applicant will receive €1,000 in prize money to help develop a dementia related project or expand an existing project in a novel way.

The winner will be announced at the Dementia Elevator End of Project Exhibition which will take  place  in the Helix, DCU on the 20th of September 2016. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday the 26th of August 2016.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

ElevatorAwardApplicationForm1.docx-2016

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Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia – Information document 2016

If you have any further questions you can contact Ann Marie Coen at ann-marie.coen@dcu.ie or phone 01 700 6190.

For some inspiration why not listen to last year’s runners up and winners? 

50 Facts about Alzheimer’s

While it’s true that Alzheimer’s causes slow decline, it’s never a reason to give up on life. More and more of those affected are learning to accommodate and work around it. In our latest animated video and infographic, we take a look at some interesting facts about Alzheimer’s.

Some 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia today, a figure that is expected to increase almost three-fold in the next 35 years. If you’re a woman, you’re twice as likely as your male partner to succumb, although it’s not something you’ll have to worry unduly about before turning 65. Fewer than 1% develop Alzheimer’s between the ages of 60 and 65.

Now would be a good time to get off the sofa and head out for a brisk walk since just 30 minutes of exercise a day can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. If you’re concerned about memory lapses, fear not. Many people with Alzheimer’s maintain vivid recollections of their early days, long after more recent memories have gone. Who knew there could be advantages to a misspent youth.


There’s no getting away from the fact that Alzheimer’s is on the increase. In Ireland today, 38,000 people are living with the condition and this figure is growing year on year.

It’s a progressive brain disorder that gradually takes hold, interfering with the ability to carry out everyday tasks. Between the ages of 60 and 65, risk is low at 1% but after that, risk doubles every five years. Alzheimer’s progresses in three stages, starting with no symptoms, moving to mild cognitive impairment and culminating in full dementia. The rate of this progress differs in each individual.

Those who want to ward off Alzheimer’s would do well to take up chess, as social engagement and intellectual stimulation are believed to slow it down. Continue to enjoy that daily cup of coffee – while caffeine speeds us up it slows memory decline down – but say no to the biscuits because sugar consumption has been shown to exacerbate the condition. If mackerel is on the menu, tuck in because a diet high in fish oils reduces the risk of cognitive decline.

And finally, a comforting fact for families worried about having to move their loved one to a nursing home: more than half of those with Alzheimer’s continue to live at home.

50 facts about alzheimers