19 September 2012
Adopting innovative thinking for tackling Alzheimer’s
With World Alzheimer's Day taking place on 21 September,
staff from across the Trust are attacking Alzheimer's disease from
very different angles.
Long waits for assessment and diagnosis
are nationwide issues but GPs in South Wiltshire, Bristol and South
Gloucestershire have teamed up with AWP's memory services to tackle
this locally. Their pilots, in which memory nurses straddle primary
and secondary care, are already making a big difference.
In other parts of AWP's region, research is playing a key role.
In Wiltshire, the Kingshill Research Centre is focusing on early
diagnosis and inhibition of disease progression. One study will
trial the use of immune globin intravenous which uses human
antibodies to prevent inflammation. The second study is looking to
identify those people who could develop Alzheimer's in later
The new issue of Ourvoice covers these projects in more detail
and is available to read online by clicking here.
Meanwhile in Bristol, the AWP-hosted South West Dementias and
Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (SW DeNDRoN) is
supporting high quality research into dementia, Parkinson's
disease, Huntington's disease and motor neurone disease. The Living
Well with Dementia: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial aims to
find out whether attending a 'Living Well with Dementia' group
improves quality of life in those recently diagnosed with dementia.
The groups provide opportunities to meet others in a similar
situation, to share thoughts and feelings and to learn new skills
to help cope with dementia.
Recruitment to this trial has now closed. However, the service
will continue to welcome referrals for this and other group
For further information about this study, please contact
or 0117 3784235.