Blog posts tagged with 'elderly care'

Human Protection Clothing
Did you know?? Hip Fractures are a major public health issue due to an ever increasing ageing population. Now 1 in 3 babies are expected to celebrate their 100th birthday which is causing pressures on healthcare and social services. As a result of an ageing population, falls are becoming more apparent in elderly care. Victims of falls over the age of 65 occupy hospital beds for more than 4 million days a year in England costing in excess of £26 billion annually. Annual health care costs for treating falls in England and Wales are in excess of £15 million per year and rising.
Dementia is a global health issue, affecting 44 million people worldwide. In the next 20 years, dementia is expected to increase due to a lack of research, treatment and investment. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and is one of the biggest global public health challenges facing our generation.
Dementia - Its Impact & Effects
Dementia currently affects an estimated 800,000 people in the UK and the number of cases is increasing significantly each year. By 2040 this figure is expected to have doubled. The symptoms of dementia may include memory loss and even difficulties with thinking, talking and problem-solving. According to the Dementia Services Development Centre, the main four problems in Dementia are...
Keeping warm and staying well this winter
Are you over 65 or do you have a long-term condition? As the winter months approach, it’s time we gain knowledge and prepare for the impact these cold and potentially life threatening months hold in store. Age UK estimates that as many as 25,000 over 65’s could die unnecessarily because of the cold weather, amounting to 206 deaths a day or one death every seven minutes. The charity also found that 35% of elderly people were worrying about being able to keep warm at home during winter due to the high energy costs.
Living with Dementia
Living with dementia can be difficult especially if you want to stay living in your own home for as long as possible because you would need help and support from others.
Dance helping people with Dementia
There has been a new study linking the benefits of dancing with the treating of dementia in east London, according to the BBC. Dementia is becoming more and more widespread in the elderly population throughout the UK and scientists have started to look at alternative ways to treat the condition without resorting to any kind of drug therapy. Music and dancing is just one area of study and they appear to be having a protective effect. Researchers from the University of Canterbury have started to work together with a dance company in order to analyse the benefits of music and dance in correlation with the treating of dementia.
Physiotherapy after a Stroke
Strokes can cause damage to a part of the brain that controls personal movement. This can cause weakness or paralysis on one side of the body and problems with moving and carrying out every day activities. The affected side of the body may feel different or heavy because the weakness make them difficult to move, or they may feel numb. Some people have more unusual sensations such as pins and needles, hot and cold sensations or feel as though water in running their limb.
Living Well with Dementia
Living with dementia can be both challenging and scary. However, there are many things that you can do to carry on living life as well as possible. You need to keep a positive outlook! Your plans for the future may change, but dementia doesn’t change who you are as a person. This diagnosis doesn’t mean that you need to stop doing the things that you enjoy, but you may have to start doing them in a different way.
Keeping Safe in your Home
Having dementia can make accidents at home more likely. Also, living alone might seem frightening if you know you have dementia. There are several things you can do to make yourself feel more secure and safe...
What is Vascular Dementia?
The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by specific diseases. These diseases include Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia and it is caused by problems in the supply of blood to the brain.