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Two thirds of healthcare staff affected by significant stress levels

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As Mental Health Awareness Week takes place, a study has revealed that people working in healthcare are amongst the most stressed in the UK.

Two thirds of those working in healthcare reported suffering from significant levels of work-related stress, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers – making them amongst the most stressed employees in the UK, behind financial services (69%) and Government (68%).

Work was significantly more likely to cause stress and emotional strain for healthcare workers than any other aspect of their lives.

48% of healthcare workers reported experiencing stress relating to money and finances, 47% relating to loved ones and family life, 39% relating to their own health and wellbeing and 35% relating to romantic relationships.

Cleethorpes to Tackle Isolation Through Sport

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A charity which helps older people living with dementia, depression and loneliness through sport has set up a new support group in Cleethorpes.

The Sporting Memories Foundation, which encourages people to share their memories of watching and playing sport, set up the group using funds from HMT St Hugh’s Hospital in Grimsby.

The hospital has made an initial donation of £5,000 as part of its commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the community in North East Lincolnshire.

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Recognizing Depression in Older People [Infographic]

Many elderly people struggle with depression from one day to the next and, frighteningly, even those closest to them might not realize it. Senior citizens are generally far less likely than other age groups to readily admit to feeling depressed, as they might regard it as part of growing older or they might not want to worry younger relatives. Conversely, some seniors are all too aware of their depression and would love nothing more than someone in whom they can confide, but their isolation deprives them of this.

Dementia & Depression - 6 ways to boost mood

It’s widely recognised that those living with dementia are more prone to depression. According to the Mental Health Foundation, depression in the UK affects around 22 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged 65 and over.

While one in five people in the UK experience depression at some point, Alzheimer’s Society says that depression is more common among those living with dementia. It estimates that 20-40 per cent of those with dementia may have depression.

Award-winning brain health experts, Re:Cognition Health, who are conducting clinical trials into groundbreaking drugs to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, are keen to raise awareness of how living with dementia can affect mental health.

A person with dementia may feel depressed due to:

The hidden dangers of loneliness among the elderly and how to avoid them

One of the sad realities of growing older is that people get increasingly isolated, whether due to a loss of mobility, reduced income or loosing friends and family members. The sad fact is that many older people end up in hospital because they have no support from friends or relatives at home, and results in increased depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

In this post we’ll look some of the reasons why loneliness is such a problem, and what can be done to prevent it.

Why is loneliness a problem?