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Dementia – reports of a possible link to vitamin D deficiency

We all love the sunshine. At the first hint of the sun, you will see people out in parks, on the beach and generally looking much more cheerful.

However, it would appear that this may not be the only benefit to a lovely summer’s day. A new study led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia. Just a few minutes of daily sunshine at the height of summer (a little more in winter) is enough to boost your vitamin D levels, but the researchers are not quite ready to say that sunlight or vitamin D supplements will reduce the risk of dementia.

Dementia is an extremely distressing illness, both for the sufferer and their families so it is very good news to hear about research such as this, which can hopefully help with our understanding of the illness and eventually better treatment – who knows, perhaps even a cure.

The effects of an illness such as dementia can be extremely difficult to cope with, especially when issues with care homes, benefits and finances come to the fore. It may be that the person suffering from dementia has always managed their finances, but now requires help.

At Clarke Willmott, we offer a full range of support for individuals who are finding these problems bewildering – from powers of attorney, to care home funding and assistance with the management of an individual’s financial affairs. For further information about how we can help, please contact a member of our elderly care team.