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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th October 2017
Dementia claims more lives in England and Wales than any other condition, new research shows. Data released by the government reveals that the neurological disorder is responsible for more deaths than heart disease or any other serious illness. Figures disclosed for 2015 brought this trend to light and as the information for 2016 is published, it’s apparent that things have not changed. For the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th October 2017
Scientists believe they have discovered the secret behind the brain enzyme that is thought to be responsible for Parkinson’s disease. Such a breakthrough is seen as a big step forward in tackling the degenerative nerve condition. Research into PINK1 started in earnest in 2004, when it was identified as a key consideration in preventing Parkinson’s. Since then, a number of trials have taken place...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th October 2017
The elderly are advised to get inoculated against flu each winter, but in recent years the injection has been relatively ineffective on this vulnerable demographic. Now, the NHS is trialling a new jab that is thought to protect against the deadliest strains. Usually, the flu jab is manufactured in the spring using strains of the virus that experts consider will be the most common in the following...
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...

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