Can a stressful life lead to Alzheimer’s in later life?

According to recent reports in several UK newspapers, Alzheimer’s Disease could be causes, along with other genetic and circumstantial factors, by a stressful life.

The definition given in these articles of a more stressful life is one underpinned by a high-stress occupation.

The idea that stress may have a lasting effect on people was explored in a paper written and researched by a Swedish PhD student, in which mice were tested for levels of a stress hormone.

These stress hormones, which are elevated in the brain when a person is harassed, inhibit brain activity. Prolonged exposure to these hormones may lead to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Some research has already highlighted a possible link between chronic stress, cognitive decline and the development of Alzheimer’s, and further study in people is needed to fully investigate these links. 

Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“If we can better understand the risk factors for Alzheimer’s we can also empower people to make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk.

‘Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, affecting half a million people in the UK, and we urgently need new treatments that could stop the disease in its tracks.

‘Although we can’t say from these findings that chronic stress causes Alzheimer’s, there are a number of other health reasons for taking steps to manage our stress levels,’ she said. 

‘Research to understand the causes of the disease could identify targets for future treatment development, and we must invest in research to make a real difference to people’s lives.’


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New Dementia training DVD launched

The Alzheimer’s Society launched a training resource back in January to help homecare workers provide excellent person centred support for people with dementia who are living at home.

Two thirds of the 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK live within the community and almost a third of all people with the condition live alone. Their unique and complex needs mean their requirements are diverse and challenging. This new resource has been developed by the charity’s training arm, with homecare specialists, to enable homecare workers to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia.

The training package includes a DVD featuring people with dementia, their family members and those who care for them, and demonstrates examples of how person-centred dementia care can make a real difference.

Apex Health + Social Care offers complete training to homecare workers and nursing staff who wish to work with patients and clients with mental illnesses like Dementia and Alzheimers.

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Head of NHS backs investment into community and home care for elderly people

Sir David Nicholson

‘If you think about the average general hospital now, something like 40 per cent of the patients will have some form of dementia,’ he told The Independent.

‘They [hospitals] are very bad places for old, frail people. We need to find alternatives.’

In a rapidly ageing population prone to mental infirmities such as Alzheimers and dementia, care options such as community and home care are becoming not only more convenient for clients and their families, but a more stable and personalised option too.

He added: ‘The nature of our patients is changing – and changing rapidly. You are getting a larger and larger group of frail, elderly patients who are confused.’

“There is much more that can be done to foster and enhance those age-old qualities of human kindness and compassion.’

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Planning is the key to improving neurological care

An estimated 10 million people in the UK have a neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or dementia, that impacts their lives.

The individual needs of patients with degenerative neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis can change on a day to day basis, with the condition affecting speech, sight and muscle control. As such it is important to provide wide-ranging care plans that touch upon all possible needs in order to be prepared for “bad” days as well as the good.

Personalised care can make a marked difference on a client’s health and wellbeing, especially when their day to day needs are being met by supportive health and social care staff who truly understand the importance of their role.

Apex Heath + Social Care are committed to providing high quality care professionals to cater for clients and patients who require daily, weekly or round-the clock domiciliary care.

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