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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd May 2017
Pensioners who spend just one hour a week volunteering in their local community could significantly reduce their risk of developing dementia. A study carried out by Calgary University found that those who volunteered regularly saw the chances drop to 2.44 times less likely. Yannick Griep, a professor in psychology, led a team that tracked 1,001 people who all retired in 2010. They looked at the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th May 2017
Encouraging elderly relatives to play their grandchildren’s video games could help them to avoid getting dementia. According to new research, participating in active games, including those available on Wii and Xbox Kin consoles, the brain could be given the extra boost it requires to ward off Alzheimer’s. The study, which was carried out by Manchester University, analysed 1,000 people – the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th May 2017
Visiting elderly parents is an important factor in their mental health and even helps to ward off dementia, it has been found. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) discovered that families with “reliable, approachable and understanding” relationships are key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. While having spouses and children that are caring is beneficial, having a bad relationship or...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th April 2017
Elderly people who are unable to get out and about could once again have the experience of going for a walk in nature. The use of virtual reality to transport individuals to other places is nothing new, but using it for those who are no longer mobile is an exciting prospect. Patients at a hospice in Leicester were shown a 360-degree video of local beauty spot, which they may well have visited...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st April 2017
A drug that has previously been used to treat depression could help to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study has found. Early tests suggest trazodone could reduce shrinkage of the brain and, since it has been proven safe for humans, could be available in two years. Despite having been around since the sixties, trazodone is now only rarely used to treat depression, as newer drugs are...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th April 2017
It is commonly accepted that elderly people need less sleep than the young, but this is not necessarily the case. It is true that they often get less rest, but this is due to the deterioration of the brain that is associated with age, as opposed to not actually needing the sleep. A new scientific review is challenging the pre-existing wisdom on how much sleep is needed as we age. It has found...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th April 2017
The most common cause of major trauma in the UK is now falls by the elderly. That is according to an audit of cases being admitted to NHS hospitals, where a third of the incidents are of this nature. Over-60s falling from standing or sitting height is an increasingly serious problem and can lead to a number of health issues as a result. Doctors have warned that despite the large proportion of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th April 2017
The traditional approach to research into Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and age-related cognitive decline is to study people with brains that are underperforming. Now, a group of scientists in the US have taken a different vantage point from which to assess the human brain and try to understand what’s going on. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine have spent 18 months studying the brains of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st March 2017
Older women are drinking more than ever before, according to a new study carried out by the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. And while research focused on individuals across the pond, it is an issue that could well be affecting a generation of women in the UK. Scientists have found that binge drinking is increasing far more rapidly in the older female population than the equivalent in men...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st March 2017
Magnet therapy could be the breakthrough needed to treat Alzheimer’s disease, it has been revealed. According to a new study, the non-invasive technique, which involves placing magnets on the head to change the activity of the brain, could soon be available as a treatment for the condition in the UK. The research was carried out by scientists at McGill University in Montreal Canada and it found...

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