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Alzheimer's disease

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th April 2017
Elderly people who are unable to get out and about could once again have the experience of going for a walk in nature. The use of virtual reality to transport individuals to other places is nothing new, but using it for those who are no longer mobile is an exciting prospect. Patients at a hospice in Leicester were shown a 360-degree video of local beauty spot, which they may well have visited...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st April 2017
A drug that has previously been used to treat depression could help to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study has found. Early tests suggest trazodone could reduce shrinkage of the brain and, since it has been proven safe for humans, could be available in two years. Despite having been around since the sixties, trazodone is now only rarely used to treat depression, as newer drugs are...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th April 2017
It is commonly accepted that elderly people need less sleep than the young, but this is not necessarily the case. It is true that they often get less rest, but this is due to the deterioration of the brain that is associated with age, as opposed to not actually needing the sleep. A new scientific review is challenging the pre-existing wisdom on how much sleep is needed as we age. It has found...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th April 2017
The most common cause of major trauma in the UK is now falls by the elderly. That is according to an audit of cases being admitted to NHS hospitals, where a third of the incidents are of this nature. Over-60s falling from standing or sitting height is an increasingly serious problem and can lead to a number of health issues as a result. Doctors have warned that despite the large proportion of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th April 2017
The traditional approach to research into Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and age-related cognitive decline is to study people with brains that are underperforming. Now, a group of scientists in the US have taken a different vantage point from which to assess the human brain and try to understand what’s going on. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine have spent 18 months studying the brains of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st March 2017
Older women are drinking more than ever before, according to a new study carried out by the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. And while research focused on individuals across the pond, it is an issue that could well be affecting a generation of women in the UK. Scientists have found that binge drinking is increasing far more rapidly in the older female population than the equivalent in men...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st March 2017
Magnet therapy could be the breakthrough needed to treat Alzheimer’s disease, it has been revealed. According to a new study, the non-invasive technique, which involves placing magnets on the head to change the activity of the brain, could soon be available as a treatment for the condition in the UK. The research was carried out by scientists at McGill University in Montreal Canada and it found...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st March 2017
Oxybutinyn, a drug that is regularly prescribed on the NHS for urinary incontinence, has been found to increase the risk of developing dementia. Thousands of patients across the UK take the medication and its usage has increased by 31 per cent in the last five years alone. The way the drug works is by preventing the muscles in the bladder from going into spasm, which in term causes overactive...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th March 2017
Using terms such as dear or sweetie should be avoided when talking to people with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study has suggested. While the words, which are referred to as elderspeak, may seem friendly, they can actually feel patronising to the person involved and even lead to a downward spiral in the advancement of the condition. Researchers at Saint Mary’s College of California looked into the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd March 2017
A new device has been approved in the UK and Europe that could reduce the impact of falls by up to 90 per cent. The high-tech HipHope belt is fitted with sensors that constantly monitor the movement of the wearer. When a sudden fall towards the ground is detected, two airbags inflate to protect the hip joints. The airbags are activated in less than a second, acting as a cushioning barrier between...

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