Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics. Up to two thirds of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience psychotic episodes, yet the distressing symptom is still widely under-recognised and is challenging to treat. Current antipsychotic treatments have little impact on alleviating symptoms, yet can have devastating side effects, leading...

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Measurement really matters: academic perspecitve

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Felicia Huppert, Director of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, takes us through her perspective, grounded in academia and practice, to underscore the importance of good wellbeing measures. If something is worth measuring, it’s worth measuring well. Easy enough to agree; harder to put into practice when we look at subjective wellbeing. Yet, even as governments around the world shift...

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The Loneliness Epidemic: research reveals loneliness in older age ‘more likely than ever’

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

9 in 10 people (89%) believe loneliness in older age is now more likely than ever – rising to 93% when asking those aged 65+ More than half of British adults (56%) say admitting to loneliness is difficult The Campaign to End Loneliness says that the stigma of loneliness is isolating millions of older people Three quarters of over-65s (76%) say they would find it hard to admit to feeling lonely because they do not want to be a burden But...

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Just one in five people are confident they won’t need residential care in old age – Aegon reports

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Just one in five (21%) people don’t expect to need residential social care in their old age. Of those who believe they may, two-thirds (67%) thought it most likely they would need it from age 80 or older. 80% of people think average time needing care is over three years and 30% believe the average is more than five years. With a growing elderly population in the UK, social care is a key subject on the political agenda. As highlighted in the...

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Eye health crisis set to deepen

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

ONE in five people will live with sight loss in their lifetime despite at least half of all cases being avoidable[i], warns a new report published by charity Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and high street opticians Specsavers. The alarming new statistics show that every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK. Women, who tend to live longer, are at greater risk than men, with one in four women set to develop sight...

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