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Elderly who lose interest in pastimes could be at risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Apathy towards hobbies in old age could be a sign of dementia, scientists warn

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter Photo: ALAMY

Losing interest in hobbies and other activities in older age could be an early sign of dementia, according to scientists.

Apathy in older people suggests a loss of grey matter and offers doctors a new tool with which to identify a group of the population at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter – neurons in the brain that control memory and communication respectively. (more…)

Suffolk: Dementia patients need better access to services

Suffolk: Dementia patients need better access to services and doctors need better resources to give advice – report

Official launch of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign at West Suffolk Hospital. Image of the corridor before work begins. Official launch of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign at West Suffolk Hospital. Image of the corridor before work begins.

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:04 PM

People living with dementia in Suffolk need better access to support services, a report has claimed, after it emerged more than 5,000 sufferers live with the condition undiagnosed.

Doctors need better resources to provide good advice to newly-diagnosed dementia patients and double their current detection rate of the disease to meet new tougher government targets, the University of East Anglia (UEA) said. (more…)

Call for merged ‘super’ health and care budget

A merged NHS and social-care budget in England

An elderly woman's hand on  a stick

A merged NHS and social-care budget in England is needed to stop vulnerable people falling into the gaps between the two services, experts say.

The Barker Commission’s interim report said an ageing population and rise in illnesses such as dementia had “blurred the lines” between the two.

It said this was creating increasing friction between the NHS and councils over which was responsible for care.

The result was people faced delays getting care or went without, it added.

The commission – led by former Bank of England monetary policy committee member Kate Barker and set up by the King’s Fund think tank – said only a “new settlement” would solve the problems. (more…)

Businesses braced for dementia care crisis to hit workplace

Charity warns full extent of strain on workers juggling jobs and care commitments could be masked by dementia ‘stigma’

Carers putting their own health at risk, census shows

Businesses braced for dementia care crisis to hit workplace Photo: ALAMY

The lack of professional care for people suffering dementia is threatening a staffing crisis for British businesses as workers are forced to cut their hours or quit to support loved-ones, new research shows.

Nine out of 10 companies fear their business will increasingly be affected by the knock-on effects of dementia on families, according to the study by the business group “Employers for Carers”, which was set up by the charity Carers UK

Seven out of 10 firms which responded said they are braced to lose highly qualified staff because of caring commitments while two thirds fear it will impact their workers’ own health or productivity. (more…)

 

 

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