College research raises awareness of dementia that has early visual symptoms

2 April 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists has completed research on the experiences of vision assessment for people living with a form of dementia that impacts vision. The research, published in the BMJ Open on 21 March, focused on posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) which can result in unusual visual phenomena, such as finding it easier to read smaller fonts than larger ones, as

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Agenda for Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee, 11 April 2019

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28 March 2019
Source: Vision UK

Agenda for Vision UK Learning Disability, Dementia & Sight Loss Committee, 11 April 2019

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Cardiff University: Traditional eye screening ‘ineffective’ for special schools

22 March 2019
Source: Cardiff University

A pioneering report co-authored by Dr Maggie Woodhouse has provided further evidence that traditional eye screening in special schools is ineffective in detecting vision problems for children with learning disabilities. The research, which was funded by the vision charity SeeAbility, concluded that full eye examinations are a more effective method for detection. The report aimed to present the findings of

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SeeAbility’s CEO reacts to the NHS long term plan

31 January 2019
Source: SeeAbility

Reacting to the NHS long term plan published on 7 January 2019, Lisa Hopkins, SeeAbility’s CEO said: The plan is one of two halves: whilst the NHS has embraced the call for preventative eye care in this high risk population, there is still much work to be done on supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism to move away from

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Learning Disability Today: Leaving the family home: the possibility of supported living

12 November 2018
Source: Learning Disability today

Home or away? When it’s time for an adult son or daughter with learning disabilities to fly the nest, should parents opt to move out so they can have round-the-clock care in the home they have always known, or is a fresh start in supported living the better option? Darren Devine explores the options. For parents of children with learning

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Institute of Health Equity: A Fair, Supportive Society

5 November 2018
Source: Institute of Health Equity

The IHE report A Fair, Supportive Society highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population – that’s 1,200 people every year. The report commissioned by NHSE highlights key facts, stats, and interventions. Much of the government action needed to improve life

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PLOS one: Cataract surgery and age-related cognitive decline: A 13-year follow-up of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

29 October 2018
Source: PLOS One

Background Visual impairment has been associated with lower cognitive ability among older adults, yet little is known about whether improving visual function with cataract surgery would be associated with slower cognitive decline. This study aimed to assess whether trajectories of cognitive decline differed before and after cataract surgery and compare those trajectories between older adults with cataract surgery and without

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PsychCentral: Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: The Eyes Have it

4 September 2018
Source: PsychCentral

By Deborah Bier, PhD ~ 4 min read Seeing is believing, yes? In our day-to-day world, we believe that what we see around us is pretty much what others with healthy eyes can see. We see a clear glass filled with milk sitting on a white table, and we assume that others can see a clear glass filled with milk

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Feedback report from the University College London (UCL) and Vision UK Dementia and Sight Loss Conference

26 July 2018
Source: Vision UK

Vision UK and University College London (UCL) collaborated with their members and partners to hold the first Dementia and Sight Loss Conference aimed at medical professionals including consultants, nurses and GPs as well as commissioners, scientists and carers on 22 June 2018. The conference aimed to raise awareness and educate stakeholders of the issues affecting people with dementia and sight

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Public Health England: Guidance: People with dementia and learning disabilities: reasonable adjustments

9 July 2018
Source: Public Health England

Information on the importance of meeting the needs of people with dementia and learning disabilities. This guide aims to help staff in public health, health services and social care to provide services that are accessible to people with learning disabilities that have or are at risk of developing dementia. Additionally, this guide is also intended to be of use to

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