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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st January 2017
A new study is challenging the way the link between dementia and high blood pressure is interpreted. The work carried out by the University of California, Irvine, does not suggest that high blood pressure isn’t a risk factor for dementia for the majority of a person’s lifetime. What is interesting, however is that after 80 years of age, it could protect against Alzheimer’s disease. The research...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th January 2017
Some people expecting to have hip or knee replacements may find they are denied the surgery on the NHS. A new pain threshold test is being brought in by three health trusts and those who are able to sleep through the night will not be deemed urgent cases for the operations. In a bid to save £2 million a year and cut the number of procedures performed by a fifth, only people whose daily lives and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th January 2017
It’s important to have an active lifestyle at all ages, but this should continue for the elderly, as new research has reiterated. It has found that women who don’t move about very often are subject to faster ageing cells than those who exercise every day. The study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine looked into the health of 1,500 women between the ages of 64 and 95....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th January 2017
Elderly people who fracture their hip have been found to increase their risk of dying within a year nearly threefold, new research suggests. Problems in the wake of surgery, pneumonia and blood clots are among the issues, while the broken hip can result in increased frailty. Nearly 65,000 people in Britain break their hip each year, which led to the study being carried out by University College...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th January 2017
While many activities can be difficult for elderly people with joint pain, scientists have discovered that doing yoga in a chair could be beneficial. Researchers in Florida carried out an eight-week programme to explore the idea for treatment in osteoarthritis sufferers. The test subjects were people with problems in their lower extremities, including the hip, knee, ankle and foot. Such issues...
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
23rd December 2016
Dementia could be as manageable as HIV and AIDS by 2025 thanks to advances in medication, according to the newly appointed director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI). Professor Bart De Strooper has suggested, when talking to the Press Association, that rather than curing dementia, new research will help us to better control it. Recently chosen to lead the UK DRI at University College...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd December 2016
Dementia could be as manageable as HIV and AIDS by 2025 thanks to advances in medication, according to the newly appointed director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI). Professor Bart De Strooper has suggested, when talking to the Press Association, that rather than curing dementia, new research will help us to better control it. Recently chosen to lead the UK DRI at University College...

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