September 06, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.338

UK News

More than 10 million adults in England drink above sensible limits – that's over a quarter of the adult population – and around 1.1 million have some level of alcohol addiction. The impact of this is that over 6,000 die each year and costs the NHS over £3bn a year.
(Source: Gov. Health Select Committee)

Pharmacies in Wales are offering free walk-in health assessments to help predict people's risk of stroke or diabetes in a two-week health campaign.

The One in Ten project aims to find the 10% of people in Wales who have an increased risk of either condition.

Diabetes UK Cymru said an estimated 350,000 people in Wales are unaware they run a high risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.

Community Pharmacy Wales chief executive Russell Goodway said pharmacies are best placed to help as an estimated 50,000 people a day visit a local chemist.
(Source: BBC)

The Alzheimer's Society is again organising the annual Memory Walk to help raise money to fight dementia. The walks, many of which are organised already throughout the country can be found on the Memory Walk map at However, if you would like to organise your own walk for family and friends, visit the web site and register. (One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia).

The Dept. of Health has re-launched the Be Clear On Cancer, bowel cancer campaign.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer and is responsible for around 13,200 deaths per year. Early detection makes it more treatable and it is estimated that an additional 1,700 lives could be saved per annum in England.

90% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over the age of 55 and those with a history of the disease are at more risk.

The re-launch will include TV advertising, radio advertising and various events around the country.

Question of the Week

"Due to arthritis my husband, has lost some of the use of his hands. Although never a serious golfer, never belonging to a club, he has always enjoyed playing with family members and friends. In the last few months he has given up playing. I ask, are there any pieces of equipment that could perhaps help him?"

Answer : There is a ‘Bionic Golf Glove’ that people with arthritis find useful and enables them to continue playing. The glove is padded at the appropriate pressure points and the hand surface is evened out. The glove is designed to give comfort without interfering with the normal hand motion. The can be bought from golf shops or online and at a cost of around £13.00 they are worth a try to see if it helps.

Interesting Information / Statistics

There were around 5.5 million missed appointments in the NHS last year. In order to try and reduce this number some PCTs are sending reminders via mobile phones and Skype.

In House

A prospective client was visited in Nottinghamshire.

Four sessions of MH training have taken place in our client's homes.

Potential live in carers have been interviewed in Norfolk and in Devon.

A new post has commenced in Scotland for an older lady. Care Manager is Julie and the weekly wage is £571.00 inc.

In Wales for an adult with CP. Care Manager is Colin, weekly wage is £730.00 inc.

We apologise for any person who was unable to contact us last Friday. This was as a result of power cut in Norfolk and outside of our control.

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