Author: posabilitymagazine

Taking Vitamin D ‘may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease’

Women should take Vitamin D supplements to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.  Two new studies show that women who don’t have enough Vitamin D as they hit middle age are at greater risk of going into mental decline and developing Alzheimer’s. The first of the studies found that women who developed Alzheimer’s disease had lower vitamin D intakes than those who did not develop the illness. Dr Cedric Annweiler, of Angers University Hospital in France, looked at data from nearly 500 women who participated in the Toulouse cohort of the Epidemiology of Osteoporosis study....

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Adult social care suffering under cuts, survey suggests

Care for vulnerable older people has been suffering – both in quality and quantity – because of funding cuts, a survey of 200 social workers suggests.  In the survey by Age UK and the College of Social Work, more than 85% of respondents said they had seen the impact of cuts in the past year. Of those, 95% said the cuts in England presented “a risk to the dignity of their older clients”. The Department for Health says the care of older people is a priority. Councils across the country have been facing a funding squeeze under the coalition’s...

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Government taxes your spare room

We all know that money is tight but for thousands of social housing tenants things could be about to get even tighter.  Changes to housing benefit which come into force on 1 April 2013 mean about 80,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber region will lose hundreds of pounds a year if they are living in a house that the government says is too big for them. Tina Heron, from Barnsley, expects to be one of those to fall foul of what’s being dubbed “the bedroom tax”. She and her husband are both disabled and their two-bedroom bungalow has...

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Call for end to Scottish Remploy closures

The Scottish government has called for an immediate halt to any further action to sell or close remaining Remploy businesses, which employ people with disabilities.  It came just days after it was announced that more than 40 workers were to lose their job at the Springburn factory in Glasgow.  At the start of the year, there were nine Remploy factories in Scotland. The Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Motherwell sites have since closed. Enterprise minister Fergus Ewing said: “Full legal and technical details remain to be agreed but I hope to bring a full proposal to parliament before Christmas. “Many of...

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Grant award to help Glasgow Film Theatre add new screen

Glasgow’s best-known independent cinema has been awarded £500,000 towards a £1.6m expansion plan.  The grant will allow the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) to add a third cinema screen, improve disability access and relocate catering facilities.  The decision to back the scheme was given cross-party support at Glasgow City Council’s executive committee. The expansion will allow the B-listed cinema, built on Rose Street in 1939, to add 1,500 screening slots per year. Bailie Liz Cameron, chair of Glasgow Film, said: “With admissions to GFT of over 200,000 in the financial year 2011-12, our two cinemas welcome more than twice the...

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