Scope faces protests over home closures; David Cameron pledges to ramp up efforts at combating dementia; defining ‘ableism’; and what astronauts and Type 2 dementia patients have in common…
– Scope‘s been facing some criticism this week, following the announcement that 11 of its homes are set to close, and/or have their operations dramatically overhauled. Richard Hawkes appeared on the BBC’s Today programme to debate the thinking behind the decision with campaigner Rosa Monckton – if you’re quick, you can hear the exchange by heading here and fast forwarding to the 1:34:25 mark.
For a further point/counterpoint, here’s Scope chair Alice Maynard setting out the reasons for the closures on the charity’s blog, and writing in defence of the existing system in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, Beverly Angell, whose sister is a resident of the Scope-run residential home Hampton House.
– David Cameron gave a speech given to ‘world health and finance leaders’ in London this week, promising considerable investment into dementia treatments by 2025 – you can what he said here.
– Courtesy of the Canada-based Globe and Mail, an interesting article explaining how the effects of space travel have a lot in common with the physical symptoms of Type 2 diabetes…
– The Telegraph reports on the ‘smart glasses’ developed by a team at Oxford University, specifically designed for people with sight loss: “The glasses don’t replace lost vision but assist with spatial awareness, the researchers said. Anyone using the glasses looks through them to make the most of their existing sight, with additional images appearing in their line of sight to give extra information about who or what is in front of them.“
– The BBC Ouch team grapple with the slippery notion of ‘ableism‘
– 21-year-old Heather Edwards tells the Daily Express about her experience of being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 16.