Blog archives: January 2016

Dementia friendly design

Posted on: 29/01/2016

Dementia friendly design

Dementia is the biggest health problem facing the country. About 850,000 people have it and it costs the country £26 billion. 

Dementia is what is known of as an “umbrella term” covering a multitude of brain related issues, including Alzheimers. Most forms include memory loss, personality change and an impaired ability to function. 

People living with dementia will require some level of care as their condition degenerates,...

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UK excellence in palliative healthcare

Posted on: 29/01/2016

UK excellence in palliative healthcare

End of life healthcare in the UK has been ranked as being the best in the world according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit 

and tough new inspections have rated over 90% of English hospices judged so far as either "outstanding" or "good". 

"Hospices in England are caring for and supporting people at the end of their lives" says the Care Quality Commission...

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How does winter affect older people?

Posted on: 13/01/2016

How does winter affect older people?

As Christmas fades into the distant memory we all face the bleakness that January and February can hold. Cold, dark mornings, yet more rain, maybe it’ll even get cold. But spare a thought at this time for older people who are alone. 

 Loneliness can often be accompanied by depression, and cold wet weather, and shorter days can make it more difficult for older people to leave the house, particularly those with mobility issues. 

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What Happened To Respect For Our Elders?

Posted on: 07/01/2016

What Happened To Respect For Our Elders?

In a culture of cuts to public spending, it is perhaps unsurprising to hear that the health and social care system for older people in England is under fire. But at what cost? 

 Last month Age UK published a worrying report highlighting the implications of these cuts. Research shows that number of people aged 65 or older has increased by 18.8% since 2005 with the biggest growth in the over 85 age bracket, yet almost £2 billion has been cut from...

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