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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th January 2019
For many older people, mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety can be just as big a concern as physical conditions such as arthritis and vision loss. Often, the mental and the physical are very closely linked when it comes to maintaining good overall health, as was recently highlighted in a study carried out in the US. A team from Columbia University conducted cross-sectional...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th January 2019
Yoga has become something of a health craze in recent decades. It originated in India some 5,000 years ago and is now commonly practiced in leisure centres, health clubs, hospitals and homes all over the UK. For older people who have questions about how this form of exercise could possibly benefit them, a major new research project being carried out at Northumbria University could soon deliver...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th December 2018
Women who take up dancing in their old age or continue with the pastime into retirement can find that they keep their independence for longer. Research carried out by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Gerontology found that dancing is better than other activities for keeping people young. The research discovered that pensioners who dance were 73 per cent less likely to require help with...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th December 2018
Pensioners who live on their own have a 50 per cent greater chance of visiting A&E than those who reside with family members, according to a new study. The report by the Health Foundation also discovered that they upped the risk of being admitted as an inpatient, as well as making a trip to the GP. The think tank said that overall, elderly people living alone had more long-term health issues...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th December 2018
A new tool in the fight against dementia has been developed by scientists, who have created a revolutionary brain scan. It uses radioactive ‘tracer’ molecules that are injected into the brain and bind with the plaques that are associated with cognitive decline. Lighting them up in this way allows healthcare professionals to see when a person is in the early stages of dementia. Catching the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th December 2018
Figures for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the over-65s are at an all time high, according to Public Health England. A record number of older people are being diagnosed with the likes of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, taking the official total up to 1,608 for 2017. This is in comparison to 1,411 cases in 2016, with the rise being put down to people staying healthier for longer,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2018
It would be easy to assume that elderly women are healthier than their male counterparts since they tend to live longer, but this is not the case. According to new research published by the University of Exeter, women suffer poorer health as they age. Scientists discovered that genes gained by women when they go through the menopause are actually bad for their health. In contrast, men, who stay...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2018
A dementia nurse has opened up about what to expect if an elderly relative with dementia has to go into hospital and the things you can do to support them. Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Jo James, lead nurse for dementia at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, offered some helpful advice. She started by explaining that people with cognitive impairment often get a form of acute, short-term...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd November 2018
A new £3.5 billion annual investment has been announced by the government, which will aim to ensure more elderly patients can be kept out of hospital and treated at home. Prime minister Theresa May has earmarked the funding to bolster NHS services in the provision of home healthcare. It will see the creation of new rapid response teams that will be available to meet the needs of elderly patients...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st November 2018
Routine breast cancer screening should continue for women well into their 70s, according to a leading charity, which warns that the risks increase as individuals age. Elizabeth Wende Breast Center in New York has made the statements after significant research. In the UK, women stop being invited for screenings when they reach 70, but this does not mean that they are no longer susceptible to the...

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