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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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th March 2017
Nearly half of UK men over the age of 50 suffer from an enlarged prostate, making related issues a growing problem. Now, a non-invasive procedure has been successfully trialled in Portugal, which could revolutionise the way men are treated for prostate problems that often result in frequent trips to the toilet. A healthy prostate is usually around the size of a walnut, but in many men as they age...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th March 2017
As well as looking for new drugs to treat dementia once the symptoms have arisen, experts are also keen to establish which elements of a person’s lifestyle can help shield them from the condition. The latest of these to come under scrutiny is coffee. New research has found that caffeine can help to protect against the effects of dementia, which can be debilitating. The reason for this is all to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th March 2017
It is not surprising that finding a cure or effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is a high priority for medical researchers. After all, the Alzheimer’s Society has predicted that by the year 2025, more than one million people in the UK will be afflicted by dementia. News that late-stage trials of a promising new drug to treat the condition have been abandoned is, therefore, disappointing...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2017
An expert in the care of the elderly has suggested that older people should not wait until they are infirm to move into a home. Anna Dixon, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, has suggested that making the transition while still fit and able is better for pensioners in the long-run. She noted that most older people wait until crisis point before they move into specialist...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th February 2017
Men are expected to have a similar life expectancy as women by 2030, according to new research. A study carried out by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) analysed the lifespans of 35 industrialised countries and how they are likely to change in the years to come. While South Korea is seen to have the best conditions for the elderly to live the longest going forward,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st February 2017
Falls are a common problem among the elderly and can lead to more serious health conditions in the long-run. New sensors that monitor older people have been trialled and were found to predict when an elderly person might fall weeks in advance. The system, which has been pioneered by the University of Missouri, uses infra-red monitors to detect subtle changes in the way a person is moving about in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th February 2017
Patients who have suffered a stroke are to be offered a new treatment on the NHS, it has been reported. The process would effectively reverse the symptoms that can leave people paralysed for the rest of their lives. Mechanical thrombectomy is being recommended in draft NHS England policy, which would see it rolled out in specialist centres across the country. The Sunday Times reports that doctors...

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