In her latest News Space blog, Age Space’s Annabel James looks at news and views about elderly care.
Are you the one of the Sandwich Generation?
The Sandwich Generation… It’s what Age Space is all about; when you’re caring for the kids, mum and dad and holding down a job.
This week we “sandwich fillings” have been all over the news after an Office of National Statistics report concluded that it ain’t much fun.
There are 1.3 million people in the UK with such multi-generational caring responsibilities, say researchers. Many feel ignored and undervalued as well as suffering from depression, stress and financial struggles. Here’s a BBC report on it.
But don’t forget that agespace.org is full of info to help – and the forum if you need to vent!
Making a meal of it
This is interesting. Death rates among elderly patients admitted into hospital with hip fractures are cut by a half if they are given one extra meal a day, an NHS pilot study has shown.
The scheme, which was introduced two years ago, saw nutritional advisors source extra food from the hospital’s canteen and external shops before they sat down with the elderly patients as they ate their meal.
Following its success across six trusts, five in England and one in Scotland, medical bosses will now consider if it should be introduced across the country. More on this here
Music and Dementia
The Music for Dementia 2020 website has just been launched and will be the first ever central information hub for advice, evidence-based research, and expertise on why music, in its rich variety of forms, is essential for people living with dementia and their carers.
The website promotes the wide range of musical activities available for people living with dementia. From how to compile a playlist through to advice on how to find a music therapist. Music enriches and supports personalised care. As the key source of information about music, the website explains how to make music part of your everyday routine.
And on that note, two new studies show that dancing has science-backed benefits that might give the brain a boost—and even reduce the risk of dementia.
Researchers found an association with physical activity and lower rates of disability in general. Dancing though, stood out as the single most beneficial type of exercising in keeping independence.
In the study, women who danced frequently had a 73 percent lower chance of becoming disabled during the eight years they were studied.
Don’t forget to take a look at what our new blogger The Man in the Middle has to say. Aged Mother is coming to live in the family home. Our middle-aged sandwich generation man takes a wry and sometimes bewildered look at how everyone’s life is going to change!