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New drug may delay Alzheimer’s decline

New research of how a new drug could slow the pace of brain decline for patients with early stage Alzheimer’s disease have emerged. Data from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly suggests its Solanezumab drug can cut the rate of the dementia’s progression by about a third. The results, presented to a US conference, are being met […]

NHS hospital patients facing severe cutbacks if elderly care crisis not solved

NHS patients will see “severe” reductions in their care in the next few years if the Government does not close an estimated £2 billion shortfall in funding for care for the elderly, hospital chiefs are warning.The current system of care is in danger of becoming “unsustainable” if more money is not made available, they say. […]

Southern Cross residents need government rescue plan

David Cameron has been urged to step in with a “rescue plan” for more than 30,000 elderly care home residents as Britain’s biggest private care provider faces financial ruin. Elderly campaigners, charities and union leaders warned that the threat of collapse at Southern Cross Healthcare Group would be a “catastrophe” that could threaten the lives […]

OECD- UK’s huge elderly care bill threatens family ties

Britain faces one of the largest bills for elderly care of any leading industrialised nation, with rising costs threatening to undermine the bonds between parents and their children, a major international study has found. Research to be presented this week suggests that a combination of low birth rates and rising life expectancy will force the […]

NHS will collapse without urgent reform warns Saga

The NHS and social care services will “collapse” unless the Coalition’s health reforms are enacted because of growing demand from elderly people, Saga and Age UK have warned. Ros Altmann, director-general of Saga, said stalling reform was “not an option” due to growing numbers of the very old and frail. Michelle Mitchell, charity director of […]

Councils planning sharp rise in care home fees

Councils are planning a sharp rise in care home fees to counter Government cuts and a rapidly aging population. Almost nine out of 10 local authorities confirmed proposals to charge more for residential accommodation to plug a huge budget shortfall, figures show. Other councils are planning to shut centres altogether or dramatically tighten up the […]

Vitamin B could reduce dementia’s effects by up to 50 per cent

Tests suggest daily vitamin B supplements can dramatically slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. Researchers from the University of Oxford have found that taking tablets of three B vitamins every day slows the brain shrinkage that happens with age, causing early signs of dementia such as memory loss. In a two-year trial, the […]