Elderly patients could be sent to "hospital hotels"

Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to 'hospital hotels' to free up bedsThe model is based on a system widely used in ScandinaviaNew mothers and stroke patients could also use such services By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to hotels to recover from illnesses under plans being considered by the Government to free up hospital beds. New mothers and stroke patients could also use such services, which would be run by private hotel chains and allow more flexible visiting hours.

Carer Angela Perkins jailed for stealing 100k life savings from dementia patient

Carer jailed for stealing 100,000 life savings from dementia patient aged 90Angela Perkins, 47, was sentenced to two years in prisonShe admitted the theft at an earlier hearing at Norwich Crown CourtPerkins had originally been charged with stealing 55,000 from the womanBut it later emerged that she had stolen almost double that amountThe victim is in 24-hour residential care By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 09:03 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:31 GMT, 7 February 2013 Sentenced: Carer Angela Perkins was jailed for two years after admitting stealing 100,000 from a 90-year-old dementia sufferer A carer who stole 100,000 from a 90-year-old dementia patient has been jailed for two years. Angela Perkins siphoned money from the vulnerable patient's life savings between 2005 and 2010

"Promising" dementia drug made from pigs" brains could help 200,000 sufferers

'Promising' dementia drug made from pigs' brains could help 200,000 sufferers The new drug called cerebrolysin improves concentration, memory and mood among those suffering with vascular dementia The new drug is licensed in some countries but not in the UK or U.S.No serious side effects were reported from taking the drug By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:46 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:32 GMT, 31 January 2013 The new drug called cerebrolysin improves concentration, memory processing and mood in patients Dementia sufferers may benefit from a ‘promising’ new treatment made from pigs’ brains, say researchers. The new drug – called cerebrolysin – improves concentration, memory processing and mood in patients with a certain kind of dementia known as vascular dementia, which affects up to 200,000 Britons

The battle against Alzheimer"s starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay

The battle against Alzheimer's starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay A person's education, their working life, and their social life in later years all play a role in keeping the mind sharper for longerPeople who were more mentally active found to have a lower risk of developing memory problems in old age, according to study | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 13 December 2012 It is often dismissed as a disease of old age. But the fight against Alzheimer’s could start at school and last for life

Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer"s – even if you have lots of friends

Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer's – even if you have lots of friends Dutch researchers found a significant link between feelings of loneliness – rather than having no friends – and the chances of suffering from Alzheimer'sAdds to mounting evidence that feeling lonely is a unique health risk factor | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 11 December 2012 Older people who feel alone are much more at risk of the degenerative brain disease (posed by model) Lonely people are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s in later life, say researchers. Their study revealed a significant link between feelings of solitariness – rather than having no friends – and the risk of having the degenerative brain disease.

Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding

Tick-box GPs ordered to spend more time with your patients: Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding GPs will be rewarded for helping patients control blood pressure and cholesterolThey will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions Critics say the changes could be 'deeply damaging' to patientsThey are expected to result in cuts to GP pay | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 7 December 2012 Family doctors will have their pay for doing ‘tick-box exercises’ slashed to encourage them to spend more time on preventing serious illnesses. Plans unveiled today show that GPs will instead be rewarded for helping patients to control their blood pressure and cholesterol, preventing heart attacks and stroke and assessing patients at risk from dementia. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said they would no longer be rewarded for ‘bureaucratic tick-box exercises’ and will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions

Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward

Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward Emily Davis, 94, was found dead at her care home in Bacup, Lancashire | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 30 November 2012 A 94-year-old became so paranoid about the staff at her care home that she hanged herself, a coroner has heard. Emily Davis, believed that she was going to be moved to a dementia ward in the Olive House home for the elderly in Bacup, Lancashire, or kicked out of the home altogether despite reassurances from her son, Trevor. Mrs David was found dead in her room at the home in July this year, four years after a previous apparent suicide attempt in 2008.

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study Test on nearly 9,000 people over 50 have shown lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the bodySmoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 November 2012 Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory Smoking is known to be highly damaging to physical health, being a major factor in cancer and heart disease. Now, however, its alarming effects on the mental well-being of millions of smokers have been outlined by British scientists. Lighting up regularly has been associated with a sharp decline in the performance of the brain, according to their study.