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Alzheimer’s researchers win brain prize

Four dementia scientists have shared this year’s 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, unpicked key protein changes that lead to this most common type of dementia.

On getting the award, Prof Hardy said he hoped new treatments could be found.

He is donating some of his prize money to care for Alzheimer’s patients.

Much of the drug discovery research that’s done today builds on their pioneering work, looking for ways to stop the build-up of damaging proteins, such as amyloid and tau.

Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect 50 million people around the world, and none of the treatments currently available can stop the disease.

For more on this story visit the BBC website

Powys home care service reorganisation branded ‘shambolic’

Everycare mid Sussex car at homeA shake-up of home care services in Powys ran into difficulty because of problems including poor communication and staffing issues, a review has found.

Complaints of neglect came after Powys council cut its list of around 20 providers to four in April and May.

Montgomeryshire AM Russell George branded the reorganisation “shambolic”. The council said there were “lessons to be learnt” and changes were under way.

Better communication between local government and the care sector is the answer to ensure that these issues are not replicated elsewhere.

For more on this story visit the BBC website.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales – Winter Newsletter

older people newsletter cardiff walesBelow is the newsletter from the Older People’s Commission for Wales, with updates of the Commission’s work over the last few months.

The newsletter gives information and advice on numerous different subjects including:

  • The Welsh Government’s Nest scheme aiming to tackle fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of existing homes across Wales
  • Tax Help for Older People service that provides free, independent and expert help and advice for older people on lower incomes who cannot afford to pay for professional tax advice. Their team of over 450 volunteers provides support to people across the country.
  • The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, established to improve the wellbeing of people aged 50 and over in Wales.

To read the newsletter visit the Older People’s Commission for Wales website.

Care news Wales – A Place to Call Home

older people wales careToo many older people living in care homes in Wales have an unacceptable quality of life says a report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

The Report – ‘A Place to Call Home?’ – has been published following the Commissioner’s Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.

Review evidence also shows that the care delivered in many care homes in Wales often fails to meet the needs of an individual, focusing instead on a one-size-fits-all approach, something that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of older people living in residential and nursing care.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:

“My Care Home Review has been the biggest Review of its kind ever undertaken in Wales and has the voices of older people and their families at its heart.

“While my Review found excellent examples of truly person-centred care, enabling and empowering care that delivers the very best outcomes for older people, there are significant variations across Wales that result in too many older people living in care homes having an unacceptable quality of life.

To read more visit the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales website