What causes Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive and debilitating disorder caused by a loss of nerve cells in a particular region of the brain called the substantia nigra. These nerve cells produce a crucial chemical called dopamine, which helps control and coordinate body movements. 

When the nerve cells in this part of the brain become damaged or die, the amount of dopamine in the brain is reduced. This leads to symptoms such as slowed movement and tremors or shaking in the hands, arms, legs or jaw.

6 tips for helping the elderly stay warm in winter

Winter can be a challenging season for many older adults. Colder weather, icy roads and seasonal illnesses such as the flu present greater risks to our health as we age. As we get older, the body’s ability to regulate its own temperature is reduced, placing older adults at greater risk for cold-related health problems and illnesses.

With this in mind, we’re sharing some tips on how you can help your older family or friends stay safe and warm during the cold, winter months.

Prevention of slips, trips and falls

It is important that we continue to keep an eye on and help others especially an older person when up and around. During winter months, it remains important that we stay safe on icy pavements to prevent slipping.

Below are some top tips from our Quality team on how to avoid slips trips and falls:

Winter health and wellbeing tips

After the busy festive period,  January can be an excellent time for a fresh start, and a chance to begin the year with a healthy mind-set.

You may also be looking for ways in which you can improve your physical and mental health in 2023. Here are some top tips from our Head of Co-ordination, Jane Hancock.

Look after yourself physically, to feel better mentally

What is the Osteoporosis T-score?

A t-score measures your bone density and can provide a snapshot of your bone health. If your bone density is too low, you are at a higher risk for bone fractures.

Learn more about osteoporosis t-scores and how they provide important insight into your risk for osteoporosis.

Raising awareness of SCAD

Raising awareness of SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection) heart attacks.

A SCAD is an emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart. Some symptoms of SCAD include, chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the arms, back, neck, or jaw, as well as nausea, light-headedness, and sweating.

Winter wellbeing – vitamin D

Tips for winter wellbeing from our expert Dr. Sue Jones

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones. In the UK we get most of our vitamin D from being outside in the sunlight. Between October and early March, the sunlight does not have enough UVB radiation for our skin to be able to make vitamin D. 

Rebuilding muscle and physical strength post lockdown

We shared some tips and advice to help mentally prepare people that have been shielded or in a small bubble throughout lockdown in the below article. here we are sharing some advice regarding physical strength as lockdown restrictions ease. ‘Shielding at home’ involved staying indoors, not having visitors, and not taking part in usual activities outside the home. This has led to people being significantly less physically active.

Living with long-term health conditions

We understand that individuals living with a long-term conditions will have their health and well-being affected.

Keeping active is vital as we age

The importance of exercise is well researched. Keeping active and healthy is proven to have a positive impact