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Report suggests pollution in the UK kills more than 40,000 people each year

Report suggests pollution in the UK kills more than 40,000 people each year

February 25 2016

A shocking report, published this week, reveals that 40,000 deaths can be attributed annually in the UK to exposure to outdoor air pollution, with further deaths linked to exposure to indoor pollutants such as radon gas, second-hand smoke and the use of air fresheners.

Care home residents join in with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Care home residents join in with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

January 27 2016

Residents at more than 30 care homes across the country run by Care UK are polishing their binoculars and sharpening their pencils ready to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch for the second year running.

Why breakfast is important for older people

Why breakfast is important for older people

January 22 2016

A chef who specialises in nutrition for people living in care homes is using National Breakfast Week to remind older people of the importance to the first meal in the day for promoting wellbeing and health.

New institute to fight dementia

New institute to fight dementia

January 11 2016

The government has granted £150 million to launch a new organisation designed to fight dementia, which is costing the country billions of pounds every year.

93 year old waltzes to victory in national exercise competition

93 year old waltzes to victory in national exercise competition

December 24 2015

Ken Williamson, 93, has proven you’re never too old to start exercising again and has won a national award for embracing his new hobby with such enthusiasm, dancing his way to victory.

How buying the right Christmas gift can bring back happy memories

How buying the right Christmas gift can bring back happy memories

December 19 2015

As we walk around the shops or search across the web seeking just the right gift for the right person, Pauline Houchin, Care UK’s head of care and clinical services, says that gift-giving opens up lots of opportunity to tap into the memories of loved ones living with dementia or age-related cognitive decline.

Autumn – a time when the garden can bring the family together and create new memories

Autumn – a time when the garden can bring the family together and create new memories

November 24 2015

Everyone wants to feel they contribute and have value to those around them and that’s no different for people living with dementia. Care UK’s head of dementia takes a look at how the garden can help you and your family make the most of the season’s gardening tasks.

Helping family carers to get the information they need

Helping family carers to get the information they need

November 19 2015

20 November is Carers’ Rights Day – an event to support the country’s 6.5 million people who care for someone who is older, living with a disability or seriously ill.

Breakthrough implant could create new memories for people with dementia

Breakthrough implant could create new memories for people with dementia

November 17 2015

A special implant has been developed which could help people with damaged brains to create new memories. The device, created by American researchers, has a number of electrodes which they hope will replicate the function of the hippocampus.

How your home can help a loved one with dementia

How your home can help a loved one with dementia

October 28 2015

People caring for a loved one with dementia are being encouraged to view their homes in a new way as experts in Care UK’s dementia team explain how everyday objects can be used to keep up people’s life skills.

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