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Parkinson's disease

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th September 2017
Dementia can be a difficult condition to spot, but early diagnosis is thought to be key to slowing its progression in an individual. As family members age, it is therefore worth looking out for the small yet tell-tale signs that they have the disease. Researchers have suggested that microerrors, which can occur during simple everyday tasks, could be vital warnings. So, if an elderly relative...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th September 2017
Simple changes in the home can be an effective way for those with the early signs of dementia to retain their independence. It is not always clear what measures can be taken, however, but a new app has been designed to help patients and family members navigate the difficulties. Iridis offers advice in around 20 minutes on how to adapt a person’s home to make it more dementia-friendly. Among the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2017
A recent discovery by scientists that birds do not lose their hearing as they age could lead to more effective treatments for deafness in the elderly. German researchers from the University of Oldenburg found that barn owls have ‘ageless ears’. This genetic advantage means that the hearing cells in the birds can regenerate, unlike those in humans, which die off with old age. It is only the second...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th September 2017
A new blood test has been developed that could save the elderly from a condition known as the ‘Alzheimer’s of the eye.’ By detecting macular degeneration before the symptoms begin, the sight of many older people could be maintained when it would otherwise be lost. The condition affects five million people across the planet, but many do not realise they have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th September 2017
A simple test that has been developed by scientists in Australia could help to detect Parkinson’s disease before the condition has had a chance to cause brain damage. The new diagnostic method, which involves asking the patient to draw a spiral, could be a huge step forward in preventative treatment. It comes in the form of a programme that analyses how the  spiral is drawn on a tablet. Key...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2017
Despite health officials recommending the elderly be vaccinated ahead of each winter, the flu jab is not always effective. That is according to Public Health England (PHE), which has stated state the jab helped protect youngsters last winter, but not those over the age of 65. Every year, the three most common strains of flu are selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) to go into the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2017
The elderly may not be the first people you think of when considering uses for virtual reality, but that could be about to change. Researchers believe that equipping this demographic with avatars and sending them off on virtual adventures could be the future of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists from University College London (UCL) have been looking into the idea and think it could become...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th August 2017
Elderly people who take up line dancing could find that the pastime offers more than just a pleasant diversion from everyday life. Those who learn new moves are better protected from dementia than their counterparts that walk or cycle, new research shows. Scientists at the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases tested a variety of forms of exercise and found that line dancing, jazz and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st August 2017
Being unable to differentiate between the smell of petrol and the odour associated with bubblegum could be an early sign of dementia. According to a new study carried out by scientists at McGill University in Canada, changes to the sense of smell could be an early warning of the disease. Such a breakthrough could be significant, as, at present, there is no way to know that the brain is being...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th August 2017
Hearing loss is a common complaint in the elderly and while hearing aids are often seen as the solution, the technology is far from perfect. Now, scientists have come up with a device that tackles one of the biggest problems for wearers – background noise. Researchers at Columbia University have been working on a hearing aid that is controlled by the mind. It filters out background sound,...

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