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A majority of UK doctors and the general public support assisted dying, according to a series of articles in the British Medical Journal. Over half of doctors agreed that assisted dying should be legalised in certain circumstances, according to a survey of 733 doctors referenced in an article by cardiologist…
Dementia care for elderly people living in care homes is improved by just one hour of social interaction each week, a study suggests. A large-scale trial found that increasing the amount of social interaction improves quality of life when combined with personalised care, and also saves money. Previous research has…
A pensioner has died after a fire at a residential care home, thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder, the local authority has said. Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage at around 4.30pm on Saturday. Hertfordshire County…
Vulnerable and elderly people who are re-admitted to hospital on a regular basis should receive automatic home checks, the British Red Cross has suggested. It has conducted a report which warns that some older and vulnerable people face an "endless cycle of avoidable hospital re-admissions" - going in and out…
A fire has engulfed a home for welfare recipients in northern Japan, killing 11 people and injuring three, officials said. Fire department officials said the residents were in their 40s to 80s, although most were elderly. The fire broke out before midnight on Wednesday in Sapporo, the main city on…
People with diabetes experience higher rates of long-term cognitive decline, new research suggests. The study also found that worse control of blood sugar levels, whether someone is diabetic or not, could also lead to a decline in brain function later in life. The research builds on previous data linking diabetes…
Within 20 years more than two million Britons will be living with four or more chronic illnesses due to years spent living a sedentary lifestyle, new research has found. Although life expectancy is set to increase by 3.6 years for men and 2.9 years for women, two-thirds of this extra…
The Welsh Government has failed to take the action it promised in a number of key areas to drive up the quality of life of older people living in care homes in Wales, according to a new report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. The new report…
Motor neurone disease sufferer Noel Conway said the voices of the terminally ill "deserve to be heard" as he won the first stage of his Court of Appeal challenge to an earlier ruling on assisted dying. The 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his illness,…
A block of retirement flats has become a test bed for internet-connected devices which could help improve the health of older people. Tenants of Leach Court in Kemp Town, Brighton, have volunteered to trial digital technologies including smart medication dispensers, activity monitors, and falls detectors which are carried with them…
A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes in England had half or more…
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