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Retired police officer with dementia accused of killing wife

Added: 21.11.2017 5:57 | 0 views | 0 comments

A retired police officer, who refused help to care for his dementia stricken wife, suffocated her in the bedroom of their bungalow, a court has heard. But Douglas Addison, 88, is not in the dock to answer the charges, because he too is suffering from dementia and has been deemed too ill to stand trial. Instead a jury at Exeter Crown Court is hearing a trial of facts to determine if Mr Addison committed the acts of which he is accused. Anna Vigers QC, prosecuting, said Mr Addison had rejected help for his frail wife, Avis, and turned away carers. The court heard the couple had been married for decades and walked around their village holdings hands. Mr Addison was described as a proud man who was smartly dressed, and had a military like appearance. Neighbour, Elizabeth Holland, a retired GP surgery practice nurse, described Mr and Mrs Addison as a "private couple" and said she had tried to get them some help, but he had been adamant it was not necessary. Miss Vigers said Mr Addison had been “overwhelmed with appalling consequences for his wife”. "It all simply became too much," she told the jury. Miss Vigers said 88-year-old Mrs Addison, known as Mary, was found suffocated in the bedroom of their bungalow in St Merryn, North Cornwall, in February. She went on: "Mr Addison is not here because he is not well. Sadly he is suffering now from dementia. This case is a tragic one." She said the couple were church goers who went to coffee mornings in their village. But as they got older they began to struggle and Mrs Addison was less capable of coping for herself, said the prosecutor. "Mr Addison made it clear he was not interested in such help," she explained. Mr Addison is not here because he is not well. Sadly he is suffering now from dementia. This case is a tragic one The court heard that when the couple’s GP visited them at home he had found Mr Addison “defensive and aggressive” towards his wife. In the weeks before her death, medical staff had noticed bruising to her head, chest and had feared Mrs Addison had suffered some abuse of neglect, the court heard. On the day of her death her GP and an adult carer had called at the bungalow and Mr Addison answered the door and said: "I was thinking about calling you. She is on the floor and she can't get up." The court head that the lifeless pensioner was propped against a radiator and had bruising on her face, neck and forearms. A post mortem examination recorded the main cause of death as suffocation, but she had also suffered multiple blunt force trauma. Mr Addison has denied murder and the trial of facts continues.


First brain training exercise positively linked to dementia prevention identified

Added: 20.11.2017 10:45 | 0 views | 0 comments

Aging research specialists have identified, for the first time, a form of mental exercise that can reduce the risk of dementia.


Malcolm Young, AC/DC Co-Founder and Guitar Savant, Dead at 64

Added: 18.11.2017 12:31 | 0 views | 0 comments

Malcolm Young, who co-founded the legendary hard rock band AC/DC alongside his brother, Angus, and is generally regarded to be one of the greatest guitarists to ever walk this planet, has died at the age of 64 following a multi-year battle with dementia. “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness ...


AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

Added: 18.11.2017 11:26 | 1 views | 0 comments

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64.
AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where Young died.
Young was diagnosed with dementia in 2014. A statement...


AC/ DC Malcolm Young Dead at 64

Added: 18.11.2017 9:43 | 1 views | 0 comments

Malcolm Young, the co-found of the legendary rock group AC/DC has died. Young had been suffering from dementia for several years and it appears the condition contributed to his death. The band says Malcolm died Saturday peacefully with his family...


Intervention becomes first to successfully reduce risk of dementia

Added: 17.11.2017 21:44 | 0 views | 0 comments

A computerized brain training program reduces risk of dementia 29 percent, a 10-year study concludes.


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