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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th June 2019
Restricted capillaries in the brain may be a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests. Scientists at University College London have found that amyloid beta protein, which leads to plaques forming in the brain, also squeezes blood vessels. As a consequence, as much as half of the blood supply to the organ could be stopped, preventing oxygen and vital nutrients from reaching the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th June 2019
There’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, meaning slowing down the progression of the condition is the most that many can hope for. Now, scientists believe a drug that is already being used to treat high blood pressure could be deployed to do exactly that. Nilvadipine is a fairly cheap form of treatment and is known to increase blood flow to the brain by stopping calcium getting into...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th June 2019
The number of elderly people living with dementia in the UK has reached record levels, according to figures released by the NHS. There were 453,881 over-65s with the neurodegenerative disease counted in May, representing an increase of more than 17,000 on the same month last year. While it’s undoubtedly true that more people are getting dementia, the higher rates can also be put down to improved...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th June 2019
The days of free TV licences for all those over the age of 75 are over, as the BBC confirms its changing the rules in the interest of “fairness”. The corporation’s decision could affect as many as 3.7 million people when it comes into effect next year. In a consultation with 190,000 individuals, some 52 per cent were in favour of reforming the current system. While automatic free licences for the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st May 2019
It is widely accepted that a person should walk 10,000 steps a day to stay fit and healthy, but new research suggests older women do not need to reach this magic number. Scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that as few as 4,400 can be beneficial. The researchers discovered that women who walked 4,400 steps a day had a significantly lower risk of death than those stepping out 2,700...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th May 2019
When spending time with an elderly relative, it can be difficult to know whether difficulties in completing everyday tasks are inevitable parts of ageing or the early stages of dementia. Now, scientists at Duke University Medical Centre are saying that issues with money management are something to look out for. They say that problems counting change or balancing a ledger could be the first signs...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th May 2019
People who have a sense of purpose to their lives are more likely to reach a ripe old age, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Michigan School of Public Health looked into the quality of subjects’ lives and the impact a meaningful existence had on them. Epidemiologist Dr Leigh Pearce decided to focus on whether meaningfulness impacts mortality after a chance conversation...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th May 2019
A new treatment for arthritis is being developed and it’s made from a common garden flower. APPA has harnessed the anti-inflammatory compounds of peonies to ease pain and slow down the destruction of cartilage, which keeps joints healthy by absorbing the shocks associated with movement. Scientists at Liverpool University are testing the new drug on 14 patients in a move that could offer hope to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd May 2019
Anger and frustration may be more harmful to health in old age than sadness or loneliness, according to new research from the University of Concordia. The institution  discovered that as a result of these under-reported emotions, there can be increased inflammation in the body. In turn, this can lead to heart disease, arthritis and cancer, which are serious conditions that should not be ignored....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th April 2019
Pensioners could lose the right to triple-locked pensions, free TV licences and winter fuel allowances after a report by the House of Lords said such age-related benefits were no longer needed. It argued the older generation is now so well off that measures put in place to end old age poverty are no longer appropriate. The recommendations have been met with much criticism, however, with opponents...

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