How to detect the warning signs of dementia using a mobile phone? An international team of scientists has examined the issue and developed a simple and cost-effective test. [Read more…] about How to detect the warning signs of dementia using a mobile phone
In the United Kingdom, more than 1 million older people are at risk of “withering away in their own homes” as a result of malnutrition caused by social isolation and cuts to public services, the all-party parliamentary group on hunger claims.
Tracey Crouch was recently announced as the new Minister for Loneliness. Indeed, in memory of Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing extremist in 2016, the British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the appointment of a new “Minister of Loneliness.”
UK’s ageing HIV population is facing a social care ‘timebomb’, warns a healthcare charity in a report which records incidents of stigmatisation and discrimination within care homes.
In Great Britain, there is a striking discrepancy between male and female caregivers: 84% of professional caregivers are women, whereas 16% are men. The association Care England wishes to raise public awareness to this phenomenon in order to encourage men to become professional carers.
According to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), care workers need to stay at least 30 minutes with a patient to provide them with proper care and human treatment. Nevertheless, a series of investigations found out that during 15-minute care visits – known as “flying care visits” – elderly and disabled people were forced to choose between basic needs such as being fed or washed, while receiving little to no human contact.
Ministers in the UK reacted by promising to bring changes to home care practices within a year.
For the first time in history, the number of people aged 65 years or over has exceeded 11 million, according to Age UK. Additionally:
- There are over 22.7 million people aged 50 years and over (over a third of the total population of the United Kingdom).
- Nearly 14.7 million people in the UK are aged 60 and above.
- 3.3 million people are aged 80 or over
- The total population of the UK is estimated at 64.1 million people.
A recent Age UK survey found out that 39% of older people (+65 years old) suffer from loneliness in the United Kingdom: as a response, they launched the “No one should have no one” campaign to raise awareness about the isolation of older people in the UK. Loneliness and social isolation can have a significant impact on people’s health and even life expectancy.
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Very recently, a new road sign has appeared in Belgium next to a retirement home outside Brussels: “Caution, elderly people crossing”. Two people with a slightly bent back can be seen holding hands on it. One of them relies on a cane. This sign has been used for years in two other countries: Great Britain and the Netherlands. However, campaigns have been launched to take the signs out, as they are deemed stigmatising. [Read more…] about Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain: “Elderly people crossing” road signs