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Dementia could strike one in three people born in the UK in 2015

Registered nurse services everycareOne in three people born in the UK this year is projected to develop dementia in their lifetime, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The charity described the forecast as a “looming national health crisis”. The figures were based on current life expectancies and the risk of people developing dementia as they age.

However, there is acknowledgement that the figures – projecting what could be happening 100 years in the future – are only an estimate. More than 800,000 people in the country are already affected by the disease, which is caused by the destruction of brain cells.

Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia and rising life expectancies could increase the number of people living with the condition. Heart disease, diabetes, smoking and a lack of exercise are also linked to the condition.

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One in five elderly people have ‘no-one to turn to’, warns charity

Healthcare Staffing ServicesOne out of every five elderly people in the UK who feel lonely say they have no-one to turn to, a survey indicates. The Campaign to End Loneliness charity says older people need a “range of support” to help them fight loneliness.

Transport and technology are essential to support the elderly, says the charity, as it launches an online guidance service for local authorities.

The Local Government Association says given tightening budgets, it gives the best possible care to those in need.
As its survey on loneliness is published, the charity warns that earlier research has shown loneliness and isolation are as risky to health in older people as “smoking 15 cigarettes a day”.

The charity is calling on local authorities to “take the lead” in tackling loneliness in older people.

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Living Wage ‘could harm home care sector’

nursing welfare services from Everycare UKThe National Living Wage could result in a “catastrophic failure” in the home care market, the industry is warning.

About 500,000 vulnerable over-65s rely on the support, which includes help with washing and dressing.

But in a letter to the government, the UK Homecare Association said unless extra money was put into the sector, it would leave services “unviable”.

The majority of care is bought by councils, but the group said they do not pay enough for care firms to cope.

Under plans announced in the Budget, workers aged over 25 in the UK will be paid a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, rising to £9 by 2020.

The UKHCA believes the introduction of the National Living Wage will require councils to pay a minimum price of £16.70 an hour for services.

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Care costs cap delayed until 2020

Personal Home Care ServicesThe government says its flagship policy to cap care costs in England will be delayed until 2020.

Costs were to be limited to £72,000 for the over-65s and younger adults with disabilities from April 2016.

The Department of Health said it was still “firmly committed” to the cap, but questions are now being raised whether the policy needs rethinking.

The move came after councils wrote to ministers asking for a delay because of the “enormous pressures” they faced.

For years councils have been warning the care system – which covers residential care and help at home with tasks such as washing and dressing – has been underfunded. A shortfall of £4.3bn has been predicted by the end of the decade – nearly a third.

Concerns had also been expressed that the drive for a national living wage would push up costs.

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