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Today, John’s Campaign is celebrating that all acute trusts in England have voluntarily signed up to the Campaign. In this blog, we celebrate what this means for people with dementia and their carers during a hospital stay.  Admission to hospital can be an anxiety provoking experience for anyone. For someone with dementia it can be …
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The care of older people with dementia is a critical issue for hospitals. An estimated 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia and it is thought that around a quarter of all people in hospital have dementia. Prevalence of dementia increases with age, as does the average length of time people spend in hospital …
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A guest blog from Professor Alan Walker, Professor of Social Policy & Social Gerontology at The University of Sheffield, on how the creation of a social policy for ageing could lead to a better later life for all. If we are concerned about the quality of later life we must focus on the ageing process as a …
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This week (14th-18th May) is Dying Matters Week, a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. We all seem to find it difficult to have conversations with people we love about death and dying. It brings up uncomfortable emotions so we tend to shy away from it. Talking …
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After such a wet winter, a bit of sun may sound like no bad thing, but people often underestimate the effect of high temperatures on older people: the 2003 heatwave led to an alarming 22 per cent increase in mortality among people 75+ in England and Wales. So I was very pleased to be invited …
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This blog was written by Emily McCarron, Policy Manager at Age UK. It’s said a week is a long time in politics, and this week has proved this adage in spades. On Monday, the new Home Secretary promised to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in pursuit for the truth about the Windrush scandal. As an organisation, …
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This guest post was contributed by Dr Alan J. Gow, Associate Professor in Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University What keeps you sharp? That’s an important question for many of us, especially as we get older. It was also the name of a nationwide survey exploring what people expect to happen to their thinking …
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This blog was contributed by Dr. Elizabeth Webb, Senior Research Manager at Age UK, and looks at a recent report from the Office for National Statistics on loneliness.  Key statistics: People in poor health are 1.9 times more likely to report feeling lonely than those in good health People who are widow(er)s are 3.6 times more …
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We were pleased to read the news at the weekend reporting that the NHS is recommending dance classes for older people to help them to stay fit and healthy and reduce their risk of having a fall. We certainly need to do something to prevent falls and fractures among the over-65s as they account for …
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This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, an excellent campaign which celebrates food and drink as a way of maintaining health and wellbeing. As part of the Week, the Malnutrition Task Force have written a guest blog looking at malnutrition among older people in the community and highlighting wonderful examples of initiatives that can help …
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