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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd June 2017
Consuming extra virgin olive oil could help a person stave off dementia, a new study has found. According to researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), the Mediterranean diet has long been associated with various health benefits. This is widely believed to be partly down to the common use of extra virgin olive oil in this part of the world, with scientists...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th June 2017
People who are caring for somebody with dementia must be mindful of how the person's home is decorated, an expert has stated. According to Barbara Clarke, chief officer at Bolton Dementia Support, dark patches or patterns on rugs and floors can cause problems for people with the degenerative condition. This, she said, is because dementia sufferers often try to avoid walking on the black parts, as...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th June 2017
People living with dementia must be helped to maintain good oral health, a charity has insisted. According to Dementia UK, keeping teeth and gums clean and free of debris helps dementia patients maintain their self-esteem and avoid pain and infection.   However, the charity has pointed out that people with the condition have a high rate of tooth decay and untreated lesions.   "This may be because...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th June 2017
The answer to cutting fall rates among the elderly could be encouraging them to take up tango and ballroom dancing. Such pastimes help to improve balance through better ankle and core strength, with the slow and structured style of the dances being well suited to older participants.   Falls are the most prevalent cause of emergency hospital admissions for British pensioners and lead to nearly 5,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st May 2017
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK and is often found in the elderly. It is a painful condition, which has had little chance of being treated successfully in the past, but there is hope on the horizon. A new procedure has been developed using the patient’s own body fat to rectify the area that is affected. The condition is a result of a roughening of the cartilage that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st May 2017
Elderly people suffering from depression are more likely to experience a fall, a new study has found. According to research carried out by the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing, low mood and increased anxiety can increase the risk of falling, which in turn can lead to other health issues. Since depression affects 350 million individuals across the planet, it’s a widespread problem and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th May 2017
A line of homeware that has been specifically designed with dementia sufferers in mind has been launched. The range, which includes clocks, crockery and other gadgets, will be available on the high street and aid those who have difficulties with confusion and memory loss. Carers will be able to purchase the items from a chain of chemists soon. Lloyds Pharmacy will stock all 14 elements of the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd May 2017
Pensioners who spend just one hour a week volunteering in their local community could significantly reduce their risk of developing dementia. A study carried out by Calgary University found that those who volunteered regularly saw the chances drop to 2.44 times less likely. Yannick Griep, a professor in psychology, led a team that tracked 1,001 people who all retired in 2010. They looked at the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th May 2017
Encouraging elderly relatives to play their grandchildren’s video games could help them to avoid getting dementia. According to new research, participating in active games, including those available on Wii and Xbox Kin consoles, the brain could be given the extra boost it requires to ward off Alzheimer’s. The study, which was carried out by Manchester University, analysed 1,000 people – the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th May 2017
Visiting elderly parents is an important factor in their mental health and even helps to ward off dementia, it has been found. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) discovered that families with “reliable, approachable and understanding” relationships are key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. While having spouses and children that are caring is beneficial, having a bad relationship or...

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