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Reduced help with care costs hits those with moderate needs

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.

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05 November 2013

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Familiar surroundings help dementia sufferers

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.

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05 November 2013

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Will proposed elderly care plan penalise savers?

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.

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05 November 2013

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‘Flying’ elderly home care visits on the rise

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.

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05 November 2013

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Could higher stress levels increase your risk of dementia?

A new study published in the online journal BMJ Open, claims that elevated levels of stress in middle age could lead to the development of dementia when elderly.

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05 November 2013

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1 million families sell their homes to fund residential care

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.

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25 September 2013

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Clinical trial for diabetes drug: can it reverse Alzheimer’s?

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.

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25 September 2013

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Scottish grandfather inspires dementia app

A 91-year-old grandfather is the inspiration behind a new iPad app designed to help people with dementia.

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03 September 2013

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Testing for Alzheimer’s 10 years before symptoms appear

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.

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03 September 2013

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Report: Self-funded elderly care needs better support

A new report by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) on social care has highlighted a need for councils to provide better support for self-funded elderly care.

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03 September 2013

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3 peaks challenge in memory of Ellie

On 21st September, 25 of us are taking on the challenge of the three peaks – three of the largest mountains in the UK (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden) – all in 24 hours. Not a small challenge! Why are we doing this? Sadly, in February this year The Good Care Group’s Operations Director Dominique Kent and her husband Iain Gordon lost their daughter, Ellie at the age of 4 years following complications with a condition that Ellie had lived with from birth – see her story below. Ellie’s family had to make the heart-wrenching decision to stop feeding her and one of the few comforts at this time was the care and support they received from the incredible, Helen and Douglas House Hospice. The hospice relies totally on donations and fund raising activities like ours.

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03 September 2013

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Carey Mulligan fundraises for Alzheimer’s Society

British actress Carey Mulligan is to lead the Alzheimer’s Society running team at the ‘Run to the Beat’ half marathon which takes place in London on Sunday 8th September. Carey, who is an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, has set up a Just Giving sponsorship page to raise money for the event, which details her motivation for taking part: “My grandmother has dementia, so this is something that’s really so important to me and my family.

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03 September 2013