A couple of weeks ago (back when we could stand next to each other in our office), Janet Bill, our Director of Operations, who is also a qualified Nurse, explained what you can use instead of hand sanitiser, if you can't get hold of it in shops. #COVID19https://t.co/W3JjtLZy9R
The Bank of Scotland has been named the country’s first official ‘Dementia Friendly Bank’, after it took steps to raise dementia awareness amongst staff. Working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, the bank is training staff to provide a better level of customer service to people with dementia, their carers and their families. The on-going initiative will continue to improve practices in the future.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced their plans to launch a drug discovery institute which could develop new treatments for those living with dementia. This will be the first institute of its kind in Europe, providing much-needed insight into the disease and investigating potential for the creation of new dementia drugs. The news has been welcomed by experts in dementia research from across the world, and the UK’s top universities have been invited to tender applications to host the new institute, with lead scientists expected to be hired by next year.
With around 152,000 people in the UK suffering fatal or disabling strokes every year, experts are always looking at ways to cut the risk of stroke. A recent study has suggested that taking a 90 minute stroll everyday could cut men’s risk of stroke by up to a third, with the length of time spent actually walking more important than the speed.
The Care and Support Alliance (CSA), which represents 75 organisations and charities, has published a report about the new cap on elderly care costs, claiming that those with ‘moderate’ needs will not receive financial assistance from the state. This could include people needing help with everyday tasks such as washing and dressing.
A story from Scotland has made headlines around the world. Matt Muircroft, 75, from Motherwell, spent weeks painstakingly recreating the décor of his former home for his wife Julie, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2009.
In July 2012, the Care Minister Norman Lamb made the bold declaration that elderly people would not have to sell their homes to fund care in old age. Critics are now concerned that the Government has backtracked on that promise, with the latest proposals including a means test which risks penalising many middle-class people who have saved for their golden years.
The rise of ‘flying’ elderly care visits of just 15 minutes are on the rise, according to a report by Leonard Cheshire Disability. Of the 63 Local Authorities reviewed for the report, three-fifths commissioned care visits of 15 minutes. The report claims that elderly people are often being forced to choose between having a drink, a meal, or going to the toilet.
According to the insurance company NFU Mutual, which polled individual families asking them about their experiences of paying for the residential care of elderly family members, over 1 million families have to sell their homes in order to pay for care. These findings were announced less than 2 weeks after a separate study revealed that another 2 million people – a quarter of retired homeowners – are already expecting to sell their homes to pay for future care.
Memory loss and the formation of neuritic plaques in Alzheimer’s patients could be reversed by a common drug currently prescribed for diabetes patients, research funded by the Alzheimer’s Society has found.
A group of scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona have made a discovery that could lead to a test able to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease 10 years before any symptoms manifest in the individual.