Showing posts from September, 2018

Changes with in the NHS

The NHS is now discussing reforming the letters sent out by hospital doctors, in the hope of removing the jargon, 
The whole idea is to make these letters easy to understand by patients, without all of the medical jargon which comes within them,  but some doctors argue that these letters should be digital, thereby cutting costs, and by that, I guess emails
When will these officials ever accept that many people including elderly, do not understand computers etc, and therefore will not have access to digital letters
However as i said before, its not just the elderly, it covers quite a lot of people living within the UK many of who simply don't understand social media

Will these officials ever take this on board, or is this another way to keep people in the dark.
Considering the fact that most medical letters are written out by secretaries etc, not doctors, I wonder just what these people are hoping to achieve by this project.

Why blame the elderly for everything

Over the last few years we have heard the elderly being blamed for nearly everything that has gone wrong in the UK.
We were told that the problems within the NHS were all caused by the elderly who were blocking up the beds, even though in most cases, it's caused by the fact that many local authorities stopped providing social care. 
This in turn meant that those who cannot afford to pay for private care homes, and don't have any support at home are left in hospital after they have had a fall or have been ill, etc. 
But like it or not, this all goes back to the Government who have slashed the support and are starving the county council's, and this has the knock on effect.
It's certainly not the fault if the elderly but the government, and the vast cost of care homes, all of which have to pay their directors and shareholders etc.  
We must remember that many elderly people worked hard and paid their national insurance to cover our retirement, so its not our fault, but t…

Testing For Cognitive Decline Made Easier

Written by Brenda Kelly Kim

 In any form of disease, the sooner a diagnosis is found, the sooner treatment can begin.

Finding a health problem early is the best way to increase the chances of a good outcome. This is especially true in cognitive impairment. Whether it’s normal age-related memory issues, or something more severe, like Alzheimer’s, knowing where a patient is, cognitively, is crucial.
Diagnostic tests like looking for biomarkers in the blood are not available for most cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s has no definitive test that can say with the same certainty as an X-ray or other assays that there is a problem. Many patients must go through complex neuropsychological testing and detailed questionnaires on their health and habits. These kinds of tests are time-consuming and can be expensive as well. They are not entirely objective either, because confounding factors like IQ, socioeconomic status, and environmental factors such as places of residence. Estimates from the WHO …