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The health charity Sue Ryder reports that the NHS is failing to provide access to 24-hour support for the majority of patients dying at home in England.
Around 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do not provide round-the-clock telephone help lines, the charity said.
Guidelines say there should be 24-hour telephone services and the NHS says it is “working hard to make changes”.
There are half a million carers for terminal patients in England.
Sue Ryder said there is an “obvious inequality” between help and advice for the start and the end of life, with 24-hour, seven-day-per-week help available for maternity issues.
The charity asked all of the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England whether they had commissioned 24-hour end-of-life care support, including help lines staffed by nurses.
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The International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the charity Independent Age reports that more men are facing loneliness and isolation in old age.
Following joint research undertaken by these organisations it has been found that men are often reluctant to join clubs for older people and suggests that the number of older men living alone in England will increase by 65% by 2030.
“When their partner dies, often a man’s social life shrinks,” said Independent Age chief executive Janet Morrison.
The report: The Emerging Crisis for Older Men, says older women will still be more likely to outlive their husbands but, by 2030, growing numbers of men will outlive their wives.
The analysis of recent data from the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing suggests 1.5 million older men will be living alone by 2030 – up from 911,000 today.
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Pauline Herring (Owner at Everycare Central Surrey) went on a sponsored ‘Fire-walk’ for the Guildford based Oakleaf Mental Health charity which supports people with mental health challenges in Guildford and the surrounding area within Surrey. This event happened on 10th October, World Mental Health Day at Oakleaf’s premises in Guildford.
Everycare (Central Surrey) also sponsored the lunch for the participants and visitors. Pauline said ‘I was a little nervous before, but having seen other people ‘walk the walk’ it was over in a few seconds and not as bad as I thought it might be!)
The Alzheimer’s Society has said “five simple changes” to a persons lifestyle could make a significant difference in preventing dementia. The charity states that regular exercise as the most important factor despite growing evidence that the condition is linked to lifestyles.
Dr Clare Walton from Alzheimer’s Society said: “Some 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia but with no cure yet, we need a significant public health effort to attempt to reduce the number of future cases of the condition.
“We know that what is good for your heart is good for your head and there are simple things you can start doing now to reduce your risk of developing dementia. Regular exercise is a good place to start as well as eating a Mediterranean diet and avoiding smoking.
Alzheimer’s Society encourages people to follow five simple things to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia:
• Exercise – there’s more evidence that regular exercise will prevent dementia than any other measure.
• Eat Mediterranean food – eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts, a little red wine and not much meat or dairy.
• Manage other health conditions – other conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure both increase the risk of developing dementia
• Avoid smoking
• Use it or lose it – scientists believe that frequently challenging the brain with new things is the key, for example taking up a new hobby, learning a language or even walking an unfamiliar route.