Mental Health Awareness Week – 13th to 19th May 2019
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and what better time to show your support for better mental health.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, and the charity Mind always on hand to provide to offer information and support for anyone that needs it. But this week is a great time to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague and have think about your own wellbeing too.
Mind have lots of resources and here are some top tips from them on How to improve you mental wellbeing. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/#.XNqo_Nh7lLM
The power of music: Vicky McClure’s dementia choir BBC1 Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 9pm
Actress Vicky McClure has set up a dementia choir in memory of her grandmother who lived with the condition and died in 2015.
While caring for her ‘nonna’, McClure noticed that music, in particular singing together, brought a smile to her face
A million people in the UK are expected to be living with dementia by 2025. While there is no cure, there’s growing evidence that music can help ameliorate symptoms such as depression and agitation, and also bring these people and their families some much-needed moments of joy.
The choir’s singers wore a wristband that measured heart rate, temperature, movement, and “electrodermal activity” – sweat levels on the skin. The results showed that movement and heart rate decreased during the choir rehearsals. People living with dementia can often feel agitated and restless, so these scores probably indicate that they’re feeling calmer as they sing.
That was also the message from the survey asking the singers how they felt – which showed a positive effect on their wellbeing.
A research review published in 2018, looking at music therapy trials in nursing homes or hospitals, found that the sessions improved symptoms of depression and behavioural problems in people with dementia, but said more research was needed to determine the duration and other effects.
Other reviews have found evidence that music therapy can help decrease agitation, and that music therapy is effective for reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48124591
Thousands with dementia missing out on council tax discount – April 2019
A huge number of people with ‘mental impairments’ such as learning disabilities, dementia and Parkinson’s are missing out on discounts on their council tax bills, due to a lack of awareness. In England, Scotland and Wales, if you live on your own and have a severe mental impairment you don’t have to pay council tax and you can claim back any that you have paid while you were living alone. If you live with an adult with severe mental impairment you are entitled to a 25 per cent council tax discount. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/reclaim/severe-mental-impairment-dementia-council-tax-rebate/
Nash Homecare nominated for prestigious award.
We are thrilled to be listed as finalists in 3 categories of the Home Care Awards 2019. This is testament to all the hard work and support the Nash Homecare team provide to our clients and each other.
“There are some fascinating entries to be found on the short-list and improved business performance and innovation stories abound” reports Helen Warrilow, commercial director for the Awards, “and the broad spread of organisations entering make the Awards representative of the dynamic home care sector, ranging from start-ups to major franchise operations.”
the award winners will be announced in May so watch this space!
For more information visit www.homecareawards.com/results/
The Government ‘Everyday is Different’ campaign. March 2019
In adult social care, no two days are the same. But don’t take our word for it – take a look at what people who work in social care have to say, and find out if it could be right for you. https://www.everydayisdifferent.com/home.aspx
‘A Minimum Price for Homecare’ published March 2019
UKHCA has published an updated ‘A Minimum Price for Homecare’ briefing. The calculations in this latest version have been updated for the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, and the second planned increase in minimum pension contributions (both of which come into force in April 2019).
UKHCA‘s minimum price for homecare services of £18.93 per hour from April 2019 allows full compliance with the National Minimum Wage and the delivery of sustainable homecare services to local authorities and the NHS.
A copy of the updated briefing can be found on the UKHCA Resources and Downloads page.
People are dying before they receive a care service – February 2019
More than 50,000 older people have died waiting in vain for a care service in the 700 days since the Government first said it would publish an Adult Social Care Green Paper, say Age UK.
According to Age UK, 54,025 older people have died while waiting for a care package to be put in place for them. This is in the period from March 2017, when the Government announced their intention to produce a Green Paper, and February 2019.
Over the same period, Age UK say that in excess of half a million older people (626,701) have had their requests for social care refused by their council, and 7,240 older people have had the experience of running down all their savings because of care bills. Age UK
Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’ BBC Health News – December 2018
Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of “use it or lose it” when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. But the new Scottish study showed that people who regularly do intellectual activities throughout life have higher mental abilities. This provides a “higher cognitive point” from which to decline, say the researchers. But the study did not who that they decline any slower. The work, published in the BMJ, was undertaken by Roger Staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the University of Aberdeen. Source BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46507024
No proof that ‘daily bursts of exercise’ can prevent dementia: NHS news – October 2018
“Dementia can be beaten with 10-minute bursts of daily exercise,” is the overly optimistic headline in the Daily Mirror.
The claim is prompted by a small study from researchers in Japan who recruited 36 healthy young adults and asked them to do 10 minutes of gentle exercise on an exercise bike. They then gave the participants a memory test. More info here NHS News
Elderly care: are there lessons UK can learn from Netherlands? August 2018
The number of people in the UK aged over 85 who’ll need round the clock care is set to double by 2035, according to a major new study. But there could be an alternative solution to the standard model of an old people’s home, like that being developed in The Netherlands.
The country is already known for pioneering work in dementia care – what they call Dementia Whispering, which is a way of reconnecting with those who have the disease.
Poor rural broadband means elderly people in the countryside will miss out on the healthcare revolution. July 2018
Homes of elderly should be used to fund social care, NHS head says. April 2018
Pensioners’ homes should be used to fund social care instead of major tax rises on those of working age, the head of the NHS has said.
Simon Stevens said the “accumulated housing wealth” held by older generations should be used to pay for their care, saying they were in a “relatively advantaged position” compared to younger generations.
‘Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers’. February 2018
Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.
With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.
Over 65s with care needs to rise by a quarter by 2025 – 24th May 2017
The number of people over the age of 65 who will need care could rise by 25 per cent to 2.8m by 2025 in England and Wales, resulting in more people with disabilities such as dementia.
According to research published in The Lancet Public Health journal, the number of people living into old age is estimated to increase by more than half a million (560,000 people) by 2025, when compared to 2015.
‘Bored stiff’ Devon pensioner, 89, seeks job – 30th November 2016
Pensioner Joe Bartley, 89, was so bored being retired he put an ad in his local paper asking for work.
A US study identifies a downward trend in dementia rates. – 24th November 2016
Data from 21,057 people over the age of 65 in the US showed the proportion with dementia fell from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012.
Dementia rates show signs of falling. BBC News 20th November 2016
There is growing evidence that the dementia crisis may not be as bad as first feared, say researchers. A study suggests the proportion of elderly people developing dementia is falling in the US – backing up similar findings in the UK and Europe. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38026696
Alzheimer’s Research UK have just released their moving Christmas video message. – 23rd November 2016
Click on this link to watch it