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A landmark study confirms healthy eating and exercise are the key to good health in old age

A landmark study run over 35 years has revealed that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of ill health and disease in old age. A landmark study run over 35 years has revealed that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of ill health and disease in old age. The study, funded jointly by the Medical Research Council, the Alzheimer’s Society and the British Heart Foundation, is the largest of its kind. Started in 1979, the study has recorded the lifestyles of 2,500 men from Caerphilly, Wales at regular intervals. At the beginning of the study, the men were asked to eat well, keep trim, exercise regularly and refrain from smoking. Every five years, their diet, weight, ...

Understanding and improving nutrition for the elderly

Nutritional needs change as we age for a number of reasons. Here’s our advice for tailoring nutritional intake to the needs of the elderly. Nutritional needs change as we age for a number of reasons: some are related to the aging process itself; some to physical ability; and some to cognitive impairment. Many elderly people recognise that their body has started to work less efficiently, and 71% of over 65s globally have stated a willingness to modify their diet to improve their overall health. However, without the right information or measures in place, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s our advice for tailoring nutritional intake to the needs of the elderly: What types of food become ...

How to ease sundowning symptoms

Find out how you can help ease sundowning symptoms for older people with a little help from the friendly team at The Good Care Group. Understanding how to help ease sundowning symptoms is immensely important. Sundowning is a symptom of dementia and Alzheimer's that can cause older people to become restless, agitated and confused as day turns to night. However, there are steps you can take to help support older people affected by this condition. In this article, we'll provide you with some ideas you can use to ease sundowning symptoms for your loved one. Options that could help ease sundowning symptoms There are a number of actions you can recommend to help ease sundowning symptoms for your loved one. ...

Our live-in carers are equipped to spot infection early

How we are enabling effective prevention and detection of infections within our live-in care service. Image 1 illustrates the different trajectory for a client with a UTI pre and post implementation of urinalysis kits The first key learning from the project was that urine samples obtained from catheter bags cannot be reliably tested for indicators of a UTI using the dipstick method. For The Good Care Group this meant emphasising these clients as high risk in training material in order that carers observe more closely for signs and symptoms unique to clients with indwelling catheters. The second key learning was that carers needed to be encouraged to pass on the results of a urinalysis test, irrespective of the results. It ...

Rosemary Conley provides wellbeing support to live-in carers

We launched an initiative aimed to boost physical and mental wellbeing of our live-in carers. The COVID-19 outbreak will have an impact on everyone’s lives and it is important to look after our body and mind during this challenging time. At The Good Care Group, we launched an initiative aimed to boost physical and mental wellbeing of our live-in carers, central and regional teams who are working tirelessly through COVID-19. We partnered with online fitness and wellbeing provider Rosemary Conley.  For a duration of twelve weeks, Rosemary Online is available to The Good Care Group’s team free of charge. This gives our dedicated team access to a range of exercise videos, healthy eating recipes as well as chat forums, coaching ...

Dementia: Lifestyle changes that could lower your risk

Nearly everyone can lower their risk of dementia, even if it runs in the family, by living a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. Nearly everyone can lower their risk of dementia, even if it runs in the family, by living a healthy lifestyle, research suggests.  The study of nearly 200,000 people showed the risk fell by up to a third. The team at the University of Exeter said the results were exciting, empowering and showed people were not doomed to get dementia. The findings were revealed at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. What counts as a healthy lifestyle? The researchers gave people a healthy lifestyle score based on a combination of exercise, diet, alcohol and smoking.  This is an example of ...

How gardening can improve elderly health

Find out how The Good Care Group helps older people continue to engage in the activities they love by calling on our friendly team. Gardening can be a fantastically rewarding activity for older people, with numerous health and social benefits. In honour of National Gardening Week, we've taken a closer look at what makes it such a great activity and how you can help an elderly friend or relative get involved. What makes gardening such a great activity for older people? Health Even light gardening is a form of low-impact exercise that can have a dramatic effect on your loved one's health. Spending a few active hours in the garden a couple of days a week can help improve strength, endurance and ...

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. 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. Matt spent a decade working as a decorator, and used his skills to replicate every tiny detail, after Julie’s dementia diagnosis prompted the couple to move out of their home of thirty years  and into a flat in Motherwell last year, to be closer to family. Alzheimer’s Scotland, ...

Why dementia care demands a SPECAL approach

One in six of us will develop dementia at some point during our lifetimes. For a condition that affects so many, it is surprising that we’re only just beginning to take steps towards understanding and trying to minimise its negative impact on quality of life. SPECAL offers an innovative approach that can be practised by anyone – from professional live-in carers to friends and family members – and has already improved the lives of countless people with dementia. Find out more about this approach, and how you can integrate it into your interactions with loved ones. What is SPECAL? SPECAL began as an acronym (Specialised Early Care for Alzheimer’s) and describes the work of the Contented Dementia Trust, whose charitable aim ...

What does ‘independence’ mean to older people?

What is independence in care? Independence is a simple concept. At its most basic level, it means having full autonomy over one’s own life. However, the challenges posed by the ageing process can challenge this definition, especially when it is clear that assistance is needed to perform daily tasks Independence is a simple concept. At its most basic level, it means having full autonomy over one’s own life. However, the challenges posed by the ageing process can challenge this definition, especially when it is clear that assistance is needed to perform daily tasks. Throughout our adult lives, most of us are able to determine our own actions and decisions, but as we reach our older years, the scope of our ...

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