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Education does not protect against cognitive decline in later life, study reveals

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Feb-17)

A new study has found that whilst older people with a higher level of education have better memory function, it does not protect them from cognitive decline as they age. Research published in the journal.....

Council tax rises won't halt 'deep cuts' to social care and bin collections

Angeline Albert, News Editor (20-Feb-17)

All but four councils across England will raise council tax to try to pay for social care, however the Local Government Association (LGA) warns cutbacks in all services will continue. More money used to.....

UK's first LGBT majority extra care scheme set to open in Manchester

Charley Walker, News Editor (17-Feb-17)

Plans to create a community for older lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) have been announced by Manchester City Council. With more than 7,000 people in Manchester who identify as LGBT and an expected.....

Charity calls on crafters to break world record and raise money for Alzheimer's research

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Feb-17)

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling on charitable crafters across the globe to get involved in its attempt to break a world record by knitting, crocheting and sewing snakes. Hoping to break the world record.....

Charity urges Government to inject 'urgent funds' into care system in Spring Budget

Sue Learner, Editor (16-Feb-17)

Age UK is calling on the Government to inject some ‘urgent funds’ into adult social care in the Spring Budget, after warning that the care system for older people is living on ‘borrowed time’. The report.....

Heading footballs could 'cause brain damage and trigger dementia'

Sue Learner, Editor (15-Feb-17)

Researchers have found what could be a causal link between heading a football and dementia, fuelling concerns, which have been brewing for some time, as an increasing number of high-profile retired footballers are diagnosed with dementia. Notably,.....

Women in their 80s have better sex lives than women in their 50s

Sue Learner, Editor (14-Feb-17)

Women in their 80s are having better sex lives than those aged between 50-79, according to a think tank which has called for more to be done to improve the sexual healthcare of older people. A new report.....

Charity publishes 'top ten' tips to help people make right social care choice

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Feb-17)

Anyone worried about how they can pick the best social care support for them or their family, can now take a look at some top tips published by the disability charity Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG). The.....

UK living standards stall as pensioners' income overtakes working families

Sue Learner, Editor (13-Feb-17)

The Government is being urged to address younger people’s pension rights and the fall in house ownership for the millennials, after a report found pensioners’ income has overtaken that of working families. The.....

'Profoundly negative' mental health implications for patients made to wait for cancer treatment

Charley Walker, News Editor (10-Feb-17)

An estimated 190,000 people a year experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression while waiting for cancer treatment to start, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. In a new report, the.....

Home care workers with 'hearts of gold' receive Outstanding rating from care regulator

Charley Walker, News Editor (09-Feb-17)

Home Instead Senior Care has received its 11th Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection at its Epsom and Mole Valley office. The CQC deemed Home Instead Epsom and.....

BBC documentary pays tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett who 'waged war on dementia'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (09-Feb-17)

When writer Sir Terry Pratchett passed away in 2015 at the age of 66, he was working on one last story: his own. But having lived with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease since 2007 meant he was not able to finish it. This.....

Charity encourages people to 'make it your decision' and record wishes in case tragedy strikes

Charley Walker, News Editor (08-Feb-17)

A new campaign, Make It Your Decision, is urging people to prepare for the unexpected by planning ahead for medical treatment and care. Launched on 8 February by Compassion in Dying, the campaign encourages.....

Public invited to care group's free dementia classes

Angeline Albert, News Editor (07-Feb-17)

Anyone wishing to understand what dementia is, how it is diagnosed and the effects it can have on friends and family, are being invited to two free ‘dementia awareness’ classes in Wootton Bassett and Salisbury. Staff.....

Charity creates tinnitus guide to help six million people living with 'invisible condition'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (06-Feb-17)

To mark national Tinnitus Awareness Week (6 – 12 February) charity Action on Hearing Loss has launched a guide to reveal common preconceptions about the condition which currently affects six million people in the UK. Although.....

Overseas patients to be charged upfront for healthcare in bid to recover £500m 'health tourism' costs

Charley Walker, News Editor (06-Feb-17)

New regulations requiring overseas patients to pay a ‘fair contribution’ upfront will help recover the cost of healthcare given to overseas visitors and improve NHS patient care in the future. The changes.....

Home care provider wins royal recognition

Sue Learner, Editor (06-Feb-17)

Home Instead Senior Care has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the area of innovation, due to its emphasis on social wellbeing, companionship and minimum one hour visits. HRH’s official representative.....

Older workers shouldn't be 'written off' but recruited says Government

Angeline Albert, News Editor (03-Feb-17)

Bosses in the UK must boost the number of older people in its workforce, to increase the physical and mental health of the country’s growing aging population, the Government has said. With its ‘Fuller.....

Start thinking about how to look after your parents, says social care minister

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

People must consider looking after their parents, just as they do their children, David Mowat, the minister with responsibility for social care, has told MPs. Speaking to the House of Commons’ select committee.....

Older people should be asked about falls during routine appointments, says NICE

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) calls for health care professionals to ask older people about falls during routine GP appointments, when they attend hospital and during home visits. The.....