Care Sector News Review: September 2018

Learn more about the latest care sector news from September 2018, including developments in care services, medical research and awareness drives.

Welcome to Care Sector News Review, September 2018 edition.

Here, we’ll update you on the latest care news, medical research and awareness initiatives.

Find out what’s been happening across the care sector in September 2018:

Care services

  • Older people should refrain from taking an aspirin each day, according to a major study from the US and Australia. Despite evidence suggesting potential medical benefits of taking aspirin regularly during middle age, researchers concluded the risks outweighed the benefits in later life.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock has proposed a new insurance system designed to help people cover the costs of their care. The model would operate in a similar way to the auto-enrolment pension scheme, with employers deducting an amount from each payslip.
  • Nearly 1,000 older people per day are being unnecessarily admitted to hospital, new Age UK research has found. The total number of over 75s admitted to hospital each day has risen by 119%, while the number of over 65s admitted has risen by 107%.
  • Age UK Bradford has literally made pigs fly in its efforts to call for more social care funding. The charity branch set its inflatable porcine aloft to raise awareness of the social care crisis, which it believes is costing the NHS more than £500 per minute.

Medical research

  • Researchers from UCL, King’s College London, Queen Mary, University of London and the Francis Crick Institute have formed a ‘grand coalition’ to accelerate the war on cancer. They are hopeful that the sharing of expertise and information between institutions will help extend lives and develop new treatments.
  • The total number of over 85s requiring care in the UK is set to double by 2035, according to a new study published in the Lancet Public Health journal. Over 85s are now the fastest-growing demographic, with numbers set to increase by 1.5 million over the next 18 years.
  • Prof. Bart De Strooper, director of the Dementia Research Institute (DRI), has stated that a cure for dementia is “not an unrealistic goal” and could be found within 10 years. The primary fields of research showing promise today include genetic therapies and anti-amyloids.
  • US researchers have identified a potential link between air pollution and the development of Alzheimer’s. The team – based at Arizona State University – also noted how air pollution can cause debilitative respiratory conditions.

Awareness initiatives

  • September marked World Alzheimer’s Month 2018, with a host of events arranged worldwide to help raise awareness and funding for treatment development. These events included educational workshops, social gatherings and an extensive number of ‘Memory Walks’.
  • This month was also designated as Urology Awareness Month 2018, an initiative that raises awareness of urological conditions, as well as funds for research and specialist training. The Urology Foundation estimates that 50% of us will develop such a condition within our lifetimes.
  • Olive Munro, a Perthshire pensioner with dementia, achieved the almighty feat of trekking nearly 500 miles across Europe to raise money to help others with the condition. Alongside husband Ronnie, Olive successfully navigated the Camino de Santiago, raising almost £3,000 in donations.

Join us again in the last week of October for the next edition of Care Sector News Review.

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