Will drinking alcohol reduce your risk of dementia?

People who don’t drink any alcohol in middle age may be at a greater risk of dementia later in their life, research has suggested. But will drinking alcohol reduce your risk of dementia? We look behind the headlines.

Researchers have found that not drinking alcohol in mid-life is associated with a higher risk of dementia.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that abstinence in middle age was associated with a 45 per cent higher risk of dementia later in life compared with people who consumed between one and 14 units of alcohol per week.

The researchers looked at the health of more than 9,000 civil servants in London over an average of 23 years. They used data from the long-running Whitehall II study, which is funded by the British Heart Foundation among others.

They also found that excessive drinkers, who drank more than 14 units per week, had a heightened risk of dementia. This risk increased the more that a person drank. With every seven-unit-per-week increase there was a 17 per cent rise in dementia risk.

The current government guidelines say men and women should drink no more than 14 units a week — equal to six pints of 4 per cent alcohol lager or ale, or six 175ml glasses of 13 per cent alcohol wine. This research supports that recommendation.

Alcohol consumption was measured during assessments between 1985 and 1993, when the participants were, on average, 50 years old.

There were 397 recorded cases of dementia, which were identified through hospital, mental health service and mortality records. The mean age at dementia diagnosis was 76 in the non-drinking group, 76 for the 1-14 units a week group, and 74 in the more than 14 units group.

Source: www.bhf.org.uk

Nursing Times – Care home nursing staff in Wales to be offered free flu jab

Care home staff in Wales will be eligible for free flu vaccinations from this winter, the Welsh government has announced.

There were 42 flu outbreaks in Welsh care homes during the winter, accounting for 60% of the total outbreaks in Wales.

While care home residents have high rates of flu vaccination, the immunisation rate among staff is low, the Welsh government said today.

Until now immunising staff was the duty of employers but, from this winter, care home staff will be able to receive flu vaccinations for free at NHS community pharmacies.

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190 mile walk for Contact the Elderly

Good luck to Gregg and Will raising funds for a fantastic cause!

A PAIR of dedicated fundraisers will walk 190 miles across Scotland next month.

Gregg Morrish and Will Ayling will trek from just outside Glasgow to Inverness raising money for Contact The Elderly Thurrock.

The pair have already raised more than £1,000 and will be hoping to add to that before they set of in June.

Contact The Elderly support older residents by organising free monthly tea parties for over 75s.

Source: braintree and witham times

Bromsgrove care home deputy manager recognised for her achievements in nursing

THE DEPUTY manager of a Bromsgrove care home has been invited to Buckingham Palace after being recognised for her achievements in nursing.

Faye Upton, who works at St John’s Court, will attend a reception on March 14 for those engaged in Front Line Nursing in the United Kingdom which will be in the presence of The Prince of Wales.

Manager Laura Wilkes, said: “We are so thrilled that the work Faye has done for nursing and her guidance to others has been recognised with such a fantastic opportunity.

“We are proud that Faye will be representing St John’s Court as she is a fantastic nurse with high standards who supports the nursing team and guides them to be able to support individuals with the best possible nursing care we can offer.”

Source: bromsgrovestandard.co.uk

Resident says ‘Mum’ for the first time in 24 years

Source: Carehome.co.uk

A care home in Essex, which helped a resident with complex behavioural needs learn to talk after 24 years, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Beacon House, a five-bedroom home, was awarded the highest possible rating in December, with inspectors praising the committed staff who ‘always go the extra mile’.

In the report they wrote: “Staff were exceptional at helping people to express their views, so they could understand things from their point of view.

“For example, one resident had been unable to speak when they first moved into the service and used a specialist piece of equipment to communicate. Staff worked closely with the individual, who is now verbalising their needs and does not have to use the specialist equipment at all times.”

According to the relative of the resident, “they have done an amazing job.” They said: “I have waited twenty-four years to hear the word ‘Mum’ and now they are able to say it clearly. When people are able to achieve things in their lives, you can see how important it is to them and how they react in a positive way.”

The care home was also praised for instilling a culture of independence. Residents, who are at the ‘heart of the service’, are involved in every day decisions such as menu setting, deciding who to invite to social events and in larger decisions, including staff recruitment.

A healthcare professional told the CQC inspectors: “I have seen where their actions and support have turned people’s lives around. Some other services would have placed people in secure units but at Beacon House they are committed to care for people in their own environment. Due to the complex needs of some people this is extremely challenging, but they never give up and these people have now settled and their behaviours have changed.”

Ray Rigby, unit manager at Beacon House, said he was proud of his staff and residents at the home. “The Beacon House Support Team have worked exceptionally hard over the years with the residents who live there.

“Each and everyone progressed with the team’s caring nature and dedication. The residents’ best interests are at the core of the support and I am proud of everyone who lives at Beacon House for their accomplishments.

“The home works closely with the residents’ families and maintains a family atmosphere to ensure a high quality of living for everyone.”

Our thoughts are with those effected by the Fire At Woodlands View Care Home In Stevenage

Source: thecareuk.com

One man has died, and another resident is critically injured following a fire and explosion at a Hertfordshire care home.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, at 16:30 GMT on Saturday February 3.

Hertfordshire County Council said there had been a “minor explosion” caused by an oxygen cylinder.

A resident believed to be 80s who was in the room where the fire started died in hospital.

Another resident is in a critical condition and five others are being assessed in hospital.

The home in Magpie Crescent is owned by HC-One. A spokesman said: “Our deepest sympathies are with their family and we are doing everything we can to support them.

Darryl Keen, chief fire officer and director of community protection at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a fire in one area of Woodlands View Care Home in Stevenage at 4.30pm yesterday (Saturday, February 3) afternoon.

“Eight fire engines were sent to the scene.

“There were 41 people in the premises at the time of the fire, many of these self-evacuated but firefighters completed five rescues and assisted another 10 from the property.

“All 41 residents, staff and visitors, were assessed by the ambulance service. The fire was out by 5pm.

“Seven people were taken to hospital and sadly one man in his 80s has died. One person remains in a critical condition in hospital.”

A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said there appears to have been a “minor explosion caused by an oxygen cylinder”, but stressed a full investigation needs to be completed.

A spokesperson for HC-One, which owns the home in Magpie Crescent, said it is doing everything it can to support residents’ families, with additional staff from across the organisation arriving quickly to help the effort.

“At this stage we do not know why yesterday afternoon’s incident took place and in due course, there will be a full and proper investigation,” they added.

“Our immediate priority remains providing all support possible to everybody connected to the home and affected by yesterday’s events.”

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