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Why abuse to older adults must be made an imprisonable offence

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has launched a campaign to make the abuse or neglect of older people a crime, and is now urging everyone to sign a petition to urge Parliament to debate the issue.In this article, Gary FitzGerald, Head of AEA explains why a change in the law is now needed. “The abuse(…)

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What is it like to live with dementia?

Giving carers a taste of what it’s like to live with this devastating condition is the name of the game for a mobile unit touring the country this year. The ‘Virtual Dementia Tour’ is aimed at improving care standards by providing carers, both professionals and family members alike, with an insight into the disorientating world(…)

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Care home fees set to rise dramatically

Care home fees are expected to rise this year by an eye watering 8% to 10%.Two factors seem to be fuelling the sharp rise. New rules being brought in will require companies to pay into a pension scheme for all employees and, in April, the new national living wage of £7.20 an hour will come(…)

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Hearing-aids may help slow mental decline in older people

Image courtesy of REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader Seniors with hearing loss who use hearing aids may experience cognitive decline at a rate more like their peers without hearing trouble, according to a French study that followed thousands of seniors for 25 years.Past research has shown a link between hearing loss and steeper cognitive decline in old age,(…)

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