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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th January 2017

People are being advised to avoid coffee in the afternoons as they get older, in a bid to help them sleep. Experts believe that over-50s are especially susceptible to the effects of caffeine, hindering a good night’s sleep and therefore preventing the mind from being as sharp as it could be. The charity Age UK has acknowledged that sleeping can become harder as ageing sets in, but seven to eight...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th January 2017

Learning to play an instrument could help to stop the signs of ageing in the brain, a new study has found. Those who are able to play the piano, guitar or drums have better reaction times as they get older in comparison to non-musicians. This is according to research carried out by scientists at the University of Montreal in Canada, who investigated the negative effects of ageing on the brain and...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th January 2017

It has long been considered that the Mediterranean diet is healthy, but a new study has found it is particularly beneficial for older people. The research, which was carried out at the University of Edinburgh, shows that pensioners eating in this way experienced half the level of brain shrinkage of others the same age. This is particularly important as brain shrinkage is associated with memory...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th November 2016

The elderly are among those most vulnerable to the cold and should take extra precautions as temperatures drop in the coming days. With the Met Office puts a Level 2 cold weather alert in place for the majority of the country, one expert has spoken about the fact that cold does kill. Dr Angie Bone of the Extreme Events team at Public Health England said: “Cold does kill, even in places where the...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th November 2016

The number of people ending up in hospital due to undernourishment has nearly tripled in the last year, according to official figures and the elderly are a key demographic in the additional cases. Some 184,528 hospital bed days last year were as a result of poor diet or a lack of food, compared to 65,048 measured across the same timeframe in 2006-2007. In many of the cases, a fall or infection...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd November 2016

A diet high in carrots, kale and sweet potatoes could help older adults avoid dementia, according to new research. The compounds responsible for bright colours in vegetables can boost brain function in adults as they age, it has been revealed. Test subjects with lower levels of carotenoids in their bodies had to use more brain power to carry out tasks associated with memory. This backed up...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th November 2016

After the death of legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen earlier this month (November 7th), the issue of falls in the elderly has been brought to the fore. The 82-year-old fell in the night and later passed away in his sleep and it is not known if the two incidents are related. Falls, however, can highlight health problems in the elderly. According to the National Institutes for Health (NIH...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th November 2016

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a Christmas advert that brings the realities of dementia home by showing a beloved figure suffering from the disease. Stephen Fry narrates the tale of Santa Claus being unable to complete his seasonal duties due to being confused and disorientated. It follows a little girl called Freya who hopes that one day a treatment could be found to help bring back the...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th November 2016

More people now die from dementia and Alzheimer’s than any other cause, official figures have revealed. The conditions, which are prevalent in the older generation, have increased by a fifth in just one year, making them the biggest cause of death across England and Wales. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 61,686 people died of these illnesses in 2015, equating to one in...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th November 2016

Alzheimer’s disease could be detected years in advance with the help of a new imaging tool, scientists have claimed. The key to the findings is amyloid plaques, which denote the condition. At present, scans only show when these appear in clumps, but more sporadic and diffuse occurrences of the plaques could provide early notice that the disease will take hold. The problem is that these are really...

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