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A think-tank report examined loneliness in old age. It said that nearly half of those over the age of 85 experienced loneliness some or most of the time, and that loneliness was strongly associated with greater risk of various illnesses and early admission into residential or nursing care. The report…
People over the age of 50 will be able to perform online health checks as part of a new scheme designed to improve people’s health. The Addtoyourlife.co.uk website, developed by Public Health Wales, is set to provide tailored health and wellbeing information, advice and direct people to necessary support to…
Broadcaster Esther Rantzen has called for society to place more value on older people. She described senior citizens as "our national treasure" as she promoted the work of the Silver Line charity which she founded. The organisation aims to offer friendly voices, round the clock, to people who may be…
A new report has revealed that two million elderly people face living alone without any help from relatives within 20 years. A leading think tank revealed that many people face a lonely old age because their children live too far away or are too busy to help out. As early…
Elderly people could be given an estimate of when they might die to help them manage their finances, according to ministers. As part of Government guidance intended to help pensioners plan how much to spend and save, pensions minister Steve Webb said experts could look at factors such as smoking,…
A scheme aimed at helping meet older people's mental health needs is set to benefit from £500,000 funding under the Welsh Government's £17.8m 'Invest-to-save' fund to transform public services in Wales. The funding will be used to set up a Cwm Taf University Health Board Psychiatric Liaison Service for older…
Inquiries in the UK into mistreatment of older people by healthcare employees over the last 30 years have focused on introducing or supporting employee whistle-blowing. Although whistle-blowers have made an important contribution to patient safety it remains a controversial activity. The fate of whistle-blowers is bleak, often resulting in personal…
Setting targets for the number of people who should be diagnosed with dementia could lead to "substantial harm" to patients, a GP has said. An urgent debate is needed before such practices "get out of hand" and lead to patients being diagnosed unnecessarily in a bid to hit targets tied…
The way hospitals record deaths could be covering up poor treatment and costing lives, according to a new report. Figures show a dramatic rise in the number of people recorded as needing palliative care at the end of their lives, with some hospitals saying more than 35% of their patients…
A THOUSAND care homes in Scotland are being asked to join a campaign to support physical activity for older residents. Scotlands' social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has today launched a new multi-media resource pack to help care home residents keep active. The watchdog says research shows that taking part…
In what's thought to be the biggest review of academic literature into whether home care visits provide benefits for the elderly, researchers conclude there is 'no consistent evidence' to show they lead to the elderly living longer or having more independent lives than those without any visits. There is 'no…
Too many elderly people who struggle with simple day-to-day tasks are not getting any help from social care services, a new report has warned. Some older people in England are being left to "fend for themselves" instead of getting the care and support they need to complete basic tasks such…