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Low intensity physical activity allows older people to reduce their risk of dementia

Recent research suggests that doing even low-intensity physical activity allows older people to reduce their risk of dementia.

Carrying out even basic activities in older age might help maintain brain health. Several factors can affect a person’s chance of developing dementia.

Some of the factors, such as age and genetics, are unavoidable. Others, such as smoking and other unhealthful behaviors, are lifestyle choices that a person can change.

Regularly exercising and eating a healthful diet may prevent the onset of symptoms, say the Alzheimer’s Association.

However, a new study that appears in the journal Neurology has revealed that any kind of physical activity — including basic tasks such as doing housework — may protect a person’s brain when they have already reached old age.

To read more about this visit the Medical news today website.

Caring for the elderly in the Wirral this winter.

KEEPING THE ELDERLY AND THEIR RELATIVES WELL THIS WINTER IN THE WIRRAL.
All of us can be affected by the cold winter weather. It is so important to look after yourself, friends and family. We hope you have taken advantage of the FREE flu jabs available for carers.

How to keep your home warm

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)wINTER WEATHER CARE
  • keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
  • if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional
For some more useful information and tips on keeping well this winter please visit the NHS website. 

Allied Healthcare at risk of collapse!

Allied Healthcare at risk of collapse leaving thousands of elderly people on alert.

Allied Healthcare could cease to operate at the end of the month, the Care Quality Commission has said and there is a ‘credible risk’ services could be disrupted.

Thousands of elderly people were put on alert yesterday amid warnings one of the country’s leading care firms is at risk of collapse.

The Care Quality Commission sounded the alarm after saying Allied Healthcare could cease to operate at the end of this month.

It said there was a “credible risk” that services could be “disrupted” if the company collapsed. Allied Heathcare provides home care – help with washing, feeding and dressing – for 9,300 people in 84 councils across England. The company, which has been struggling with debts, employs 8,000 people. Councils have a duty by law to continue to provide care if a private firm goes bust.

For more on this story visit the Daily Mirror Website.

“Talking about Dying” report encourages conversations about future care choices

Everycare home care and live in care services can enable people to stay at home during the most challenging period of their lives.
Doctors are being encouraged to discuss people’s end of life choices much earlier with them and part of this discussion will involve where and how people spend their final days.

Doctors need to get better at having difficult conversations with dying patients and not just in their final days, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians.

It says doctors should talk to people who could die within 12 months, who may be frail or terminally ill, and give them choices over their future care. But the report says that rarely happens and doctors should be more proactive.It recommends involving family, friends and carers in the conversation too.

The report, Talking about dying, gathered the views of patients, trainees and doctors on how to begin conversations about the end of someone’s life. To read more about this story visit the BBC website.

To find out more about Everycare home care and live in care services and how they can help you stay at home.