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New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped…
Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that the 20% most deprived adults were 50% more likely to develop dementia…
Health inspectors have told a hospital trust it must do more to protect patients after an elderly woman is thought to have accidentally swallowed cleaning fluid and died. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals said Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust must take further steps to protect people in its…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
Prue Leith has shared her backing for assisted dying after watching her own brother endure a "very painful, miserable death". The Great British Bake Off judge has revealed she is supporting Guernsey's step towards legalising assisted dying when its parliament debates whether to allow terminally ill people to end their…
A politician debating whether to legalise assisted dying in Guernsey has been criticised for his "crass" and "ignorant" comments to campaigners. The Channel Island could become the only place in the British Isles to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor if the…
The Royal Voluntary Service is pledging to increase support in the NHS as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1938 as the Women's Voluntary Service, to help recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) movement and help civilians during and after air raids. The RVS…
Three Court of Appeal judges have refused to allow journalists to name a pensioner who is in the "end stage" of dementia and has been at the centre of a dispute in the specialist Court of Protection. Lady Justice Arden, Lady Justice Sharp and Lord Justice Peter Jackson have upheld…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations is facing jail after he admitted a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight years. He…
The closure of scores of public toilets across Britain has caused social isolation for some elderly and disabled people, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a campaign for local governments to provide accessible public facilities "catering for a broad range of needs". Cash-strapped councils…
Thousands of dementia patients are being taken to hospital because of a fall, a new study has found. Researchers tracked 8,000 people living with dementia for more than two years and found that 31% suffered a fall which led to them being admitted to hospital. Meanwhile 18% suffered from a…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has supported calls to build sheltered accommodation on hospital sites. Veteran Labour MP Mike Gapes made the suggestion after telling ministers there were currently 1.2 million older people with "unmet social care needs". The Ilford South MP, speaking during health questions in the Commons, said: "Isn't…
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