Dementia: Lifestyle changes that could lower your risk

Nearly everyone can lower their risk of dementia, even if it runs in the family, by living a healthy lifestyle, research suggests. The study of nearly 200,000 people showed the risk fell by up to a third. The team at the University of Exeter said the results were exciting, empowering and showed people were not doomed to get dementia. The findings were revealed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

What counts as a healthy lifestyle?

The researchers gave people a healthy lifestyle score based on a combination of exercise, diet, alcohol and smoking.

This is an example of someone who scored well:

  • Doesn’t currently smoke
  • Cycles at normal pace for two-and-a-half hours a week
  • Eats a balanced diet that includes more than three portions of fruit and vegetables a day, eats fish twice a week and rarely eats processed meat
  • Drinks up to one pint of beer a day

And an unhealthy one?

  • Currently smokes regularly
  • Does no regular exercise
  • Eats a diet that includes less than three servings of fruit and vegetables a week, and includes two or more servings of processed meat and of red meat a week
  • Drinks at least three pints of beer a day

To read more, go to: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48963215

TICC: Latest news

Our Interreg 2Seas TICC (Transforming Integrated Care in the Community) project is working to create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs. This is being tested via the implementation of the Buurtzorg integrated care at home model which consists of self-managing teams of 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care & business.

All 8 delivery partners (including 3 in the UK) have launched their first Buurtzorg-inspired teams, following last year’s successful learning process.

Many partners have already moved on to further teams, and are exploring other health/care settings to spread the word.

Alongside this, all teams and partners are contributing to the collaborative process around identifying and resolving the barriers and challenges to this new, self-managing approach.  French partners, in particular, have gained the ear of national bodies, and are seeking to change the frameworks which restrict the approach – and teams in the UK and Belgium are engaging with a view to influencing in a similar way.

RegioStars Award: CASCADE

Our Interreg 2Seas CASCADE project is up for an EU RegioStars Award under the category “Modernising health systems”.

To avoid overwhelming health systems and to encourage a more inclusive society, new financially sustainable and widely applicable approaches are needed for dementia care. The CASCADE model promotes a strengths-based approach to holistic person-centred dementia care to maximise independence and quality of life for people living with dementia in the local community. 

Please go to https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/regio-stars-awards/2019/categ5 to “like” CASCADE and get it through to the finals.

What is the value of the outdoors for someone living with dementia?

Spending time in the outdoors holds many benefits, from achieving the necessary dose of Vitamin D to exploring our senses and socialising, and this is no different for someone living with dementia.

Whilst extra care may be necessary, there is true value to experiencing the outdoors when living with dementia.

As we age it’s common for our senses to decline and it’s therefore important to explore different ways of engaging them to stay connected. When living with dementia, our connection to the world may feel even more distant, as communication difficulties arise, it is therefore vital that other dementia activities are explored. The outdoors provides an excellent multi-sensory platform and can be brilliant way to explore the senses.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/living-with-dementia/91377/

Our CASCADE project is aiming to improve the lives and the care for people living with dementia. To read more about the project go to: https://www.interreg2seas.eu/en/cascade

National policy experts call for bold action for healthy ageing in the Region

National policy experts on healthy ageing have called for bold action to promote healthy ageing and to invest in a future where all older people have the freedom to live an active and healthy life that allows them to continue doing what they value. The call was made during a meeting held on 26–27 February 2019 in Moscow, Russian Federation, where participants from more than 30 countries of the WHO European Region came together to take stock of the policies and strategies across the Region.

WHO supports countries in leading the way towards a world for all ages. In the next 10 years, healthy ageing will be high on the global health agenda, with plans to launch a Decade of Healthy Ageing from 2020 to 2030.

To read more about this on the WHO/Europe website, go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Life-stages/healthy-ageing/news/news/2019/03/national-policy-experts-call-for-bold-action-for-healthy-ageing-in-the-region

The TICC annual conference 2019 at Ageing Fit in Lille

On the 29th and 30th of January, we joined out TICC (transforming integrated care in the community) partners at the Ageing Fit event in Lille to promote the project and hold its annual conference. The TICC stand drummed up plenty of interest from all over Europe, including a number of SMEs who were interested in how our partners in Kent and Medway have been able to integrate the Dutch Buurtzorg model in the UK.

The TICC annual event, a conference entitled “The Dutch Buurtzorg model of holistic neighbourhood care is going global across the 2Seas region”, was held on day two of Ageing Fit. Partners including Buurtzorg, Public World, KMPT and Soignons Humain presented their experiences. Follow @2SeasTICC on Twitter to find out more about the project.

Partners from La Vie Active, the Health and Europe Centre and Eurasanté man the TICC stand at Ageing Fit.
Public World presented lessons from the UK when it comes to adopting Buurtzorg.

Challenges in long-term care in Europe

A new study, which includes country reports and a synthesis report, provides a brief description of the main features of the national long-term care systems in 35 European countries.

The synthesis report presents a comparative analysis of the national long-term care systems. It identifies national reforms aimed at tackling these challenges and presents a brief overview of national long-term care indicators. It also puts forward a number of recommendations to deal with the four identified challenges:

  • access to and adequacy of long-term care provisions,
  • issues related to the employment situation of carers,
  • the quality of LTC provision and jobs, and
  • the financial sustainability of national long-term care provisions.

To read the report on long-term care

 

Too much blood pressure medication negatively affects older patients

Old and frail patients are at an increased risk of mortality and memory issues if their blood pressure medication lowers their blood pressure too much, new research from the Netherlands has discovered.

The large-scale study by researchers from the University of Bern and the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, found that blood pressure medication needs amending, which has revitalised the official recommendations for antihypertensive medications.

To read more go to: Too much blood pressure medication negatively affects older patients

Dementia risk increased in 50-year-olds with higher blood pressure

A new study has found that 50-year-olds with blood pressure higher than normal but still below the threshold commonly used when deciding to treat the condition were at risk of developing dementia.

The long-running Whitehall II study comprised 10,000 civil servants between 35-55 years of age and found that increased risk of dementia was seen even when the participants did not have other heart or blood vessel-related problems.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/dementia-risk-increased-50-year-olds-higher-than-normal-blood-pressure/86512/

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC)

The 16th and 17th of May 2018 saw project partners meet in Lille for a steering group meetings; partners presented their progress and proposed solutions to potentiel problems.

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs.

Follow the project on Twitter via #2SeasTICC