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Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mobile digital storytelling in a Brazilian care home’, focuses on the role of technology and dementia and how…
Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year, the government announced today. This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and…
The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team is currently collecting stories about people’s experiences of care in Wales and the Citizens’ Jury event will see 12…
Black people have higher rates of dementia diagnosis compared to other ethnic groups, a new study suggests. But people from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed with the condition, compared to patients who are black or white. Researchers from University College London (UCL) and King's College London…
Some of Northern Ireland's disabled and older residents face "social isolation" following a 5% funding cut to accessible transport, a charity warned. The door-to-door bus is funded by the Infrastructure Department and helps prevent loneliness among people with mobility problems, learning disabilities, dementia, or serious sight loss. Charity Disability Action…
Abstinence from alcohol in middle age has been linked to a heightened risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Both people who drink over the recommended limits and those who are teetotal in midlife are at an increased risk, researchers found. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal…
Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a public consultation on how best to support the wellbeing of the elderly and disabled and how…
Since announcing last year that it would be closing 12 of its care homes, Bield has this month agreed a deal which sees residents and staff transfer in three of its homes. Following discussions, two of its homes in Edinburgh and one in the Borders are transferring to Mansfield Care.…
Loneliness and isolation in rural Wales is a "ticking time bomb" which must be tackled, a Welsh Government minister has said. Huw Irranca-Davies, the social care minister, said that dealing with the problem was a national priority. According to the 2016-17 National Survey for Wales, around 17% of the population…
An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on behalf of patients were rejected by local health bodies, according to a news article published in the British…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
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