Scientists have developed a blood test that could detect whether or not a person will develop dementia within three years. Changes in the blood may signify Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages, researchers found. A new study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, identified 10 molecules in blood could be used to predict with at least 90% accuracy whether people will go on to develop […]

21st of March 2014: Test to detect dementia tendency

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  Be Independent HomeCare continue their series of complimentary Health & Wellness Presentations this time to the Carers Association in Malahide on the 4th of March 2014 and in Skerries on the 14th of March 2014. The Carers Association is Ireland’s  national voluntary organisation for family carers in the home. Family  carers provide high levels of care to a range of people including older people, people […]

28th of February 2014: Be Independent Home Care and The Carers Association

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Reported by RTE News: Research conducted in nine European countries, including Ireland, has identified a link between the number of nurses employed in a hospital and patient deaths after common surgical procedures. The study in the British medical journal, The Lancet, found that better education and better staffing of nurses reduced the number of patient deaths. Every extra patient added to a nurse’s workload increases the […]

26th of February 2014: Research finds link between nurse workloads and patient deaths

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It is hoped that the launch of animated videos developed by researchers at Trinity College Dublin will encourage people to be more proactive about their brain health, make important lifestyle changes and seek medical advice when necessary . Watch the videos at these links :, and visit the Trinity Living with Dementia Site here The Irish Examiner reports that a new survey shows that […]

18th of February 2014: Trinity College Launch Animated Dementia Awareness Videos

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  We came across this piece in the Science Section of the Telegraph and couldn’t agree more!   Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information, […]

31st of January 2014: Older People do not decline mentally with age, they simply know more!

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By Michelle Mc Donagh of The Irish Times. The first national audit of the quality of dementia care in Ireland’s acute hospitals has identified major gaps in the level of patient care. The audit of 35 acute hospitals, carried out in 2013, revealed serious shortfalls in the training of staff in dementia care. None of the hospitals had mandatory dementia awareness education or training for […]

29th of January 2014: National dementia audit in acute hospitals shows major gaps in care

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