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Sep 17

21st

Amazon Gadget Alexa To Improve Quality Of Life For Older People

Technology is often thought to be the preserve of the young, but increasingly, people are seeing the improvements that new digital products could make on the lives of older people. Now, Norfolk Council is looking at ways in which the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Dot - both wireless speakers - could improve the quality of life of elderly residents. The hope is that this new technological...
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Sep 17

16th

Driverless Cars To Help Care Home Residents

Driverless cars, once the realm of science fiction, are now becoming increasingly prolific, as technology continues to make rapid advancements. As Google announces that its own autonomous self-driving car has now completed more than three million miles, nursing homes are beginning to realise that the technology could be life-changing for elderly people in residential care. Australia leads the...
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Sep 17

8th

Horses Of All Shapes And Sizes Improve Residents Happiness

Residents in many care homes have enjoyed interactions with therapy animals for some time, either when there are animals that live in the home or when they are brought in to visit. Some residents find it easier to relate to animals and to communicate with them than they do with other people, so the value of this type of therapy is well recognised. Not only cats and dogs Although dogs and cats...
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Sep 17

1st

Care Homes Start Fostering Kittens

Residents in nursing homes and care homes can benefit greatly from pet therapy, which has been shown to improve their quality of life and give them an extra interest, but now there are nursing home projects that combine helping residents with helping the animals too. One US nursing home has formed a partnership with an animal care centre, that has major advantages for both parties. Fostering...
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Aug 17

23rd

Weighted Blankets For Better Sleep In Dementia Sufferers

Sleep problems are very common in older people who are living with dementia and can markedly affect their quality of life and that of those who care for them. They may sleep during the day, have problems in getting off to sleep at night or wake during the night feeling disorientated or confused. Dementia sufferers may also experience anxiety and agitation during the day that is difficult to...
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Aug 17

17th

PET Scans May Lead to Changes in Alzheimer’s Treatment

Could an expensive brain scan really help medical professionals to make an accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's? In many cases, a patient's symptoms are clear-cut enough that a PET (positron emission tomography) scan is not required. However, there is a large group of patients whose memory problems are proving hard to pin down, and new research indicates that it is this group that could reap...
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Aug 17

10th

A Few Benefits of Respite Care

If you are responsible for caring for someone, whether it is an elderly parent or other family member or friend, you will want to do your very best for them. However, with all the other calls on your time, it can sometimes be difficult to provide all the care you want all of the time. This is when you will really appreciate the advantages of respite care. Some of the principal benefits of respite...
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Aug 17

3rd

Opera in Care Homes

You may expect activities in a care home to be limited to engaging in cheap craft projects or enjoying a game of bingo on a Friday afternoon. You probably don’t expect to hear professional opera singers performing in the living room. But that’s exactly what the charity Davina’s Fund has recently been providing for community day centres, dementia units, hospices and care homes in London...
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Jul 17

21st

Unusual Dementia Therapy Coming to Care Homes

There's a new dementia care home therapy helping to transform the life of care recipients in residential homes up and down the country. In a bid to stem the isolating sense of loneliness that so many elderly people are subject to, nursing homes are opening their doors to feathered and furry visitors. Harmful Effects of Loneliness Research shows that extended periods of loneliness and...
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Jul 17

14th

The Future of UK Care Homes

As the UK’s population ages, new care home facilities will be required to assist the elderly with managing aspects of daily life. They will provide a safety net of services and medical attention when needed. There is no reason why these care facilities must be dreary and dull places, and as more of us head towards a future with some form of assisted living in it, it would be sensible to note...
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