NHS ‘rapid response teams’ to help sick and older people at home.

Source The Guardian: Plan aims to relieve strain on hospitals by offering a visit within two hours.

Older people and the very sick will be visited within two hours by a “rapid response team” of health and care staff under new NHS plans to relieve the strain on overcrowded hospitals.

The teams will include nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and social care staff working for NHS trusts and local councils in England.

The “urgent community response” teams will operate 365 days a year. They will help older people and those with complex care needs whose health has suddenly deteriorated – through a fall, infection or exacerbation of an illness – try to avoid ending up in a hospital.  Read on.

Online Fatigue- management course

Source MS Society: This online course will help you find ways to manage your MS fatigue and explain it to other people.

It’s made up of 6 sessions that should take around 20 minutes each. In between the sessions are exercises for you to do, to help you think about your own fatigue.

The course works best if you leave at least three days in between each session to do the exercises. Bookmark this page so you can find it again easily.  Read on.

Where are the Severe Disability Premiums?

Source Independent Living: The Court of Appeal has recently rejected the Department for Work and Pensions’ challenge to the High Court decisions that protected claimants who received severe disability premium against a drop in income when they were moved to Universal Credit.

Two disabled individuals, known as TP and AR, brought the cases when their benefit was reduced by £180 a month. They had to claim universal credit rather than staying on legacy benefits after moving into a different local authority area.

Will the DWP go all the way to the Supreme Court?

The DWP has said that it is considering the judgment carefully, before deciding whether or not to pursue the matter into the Supreme Court.

They say that they are continuing to make transitional payments to people who were previously receiving the severe disability premium and that more than 15,000 people have already been paid £51.5 million.  Read on.

Multiple Sclerosis Drugs Might Not Need To Reach the Brain To Have Clinical Efficacy

Source Technology Networks: Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made an important discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. Their work highlights the significant potential of drugs targeting a specific immune molecule (IL-17) implicated in MS.

The scientists, led by Kingston Mills, Professor of Experimental Immunology, and Aoife McGinley, Postdoctoral Fellow, in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology have published their results in Immunity.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease that affects around 2.3 million people globally and over 9,000 people in Ireland. It is associated with infiltration of immune cells into the brain and spinal cord that cause damage to nerves, leading to neurological disabilities.

However, the cause and precise immunological basis to this autoimmune disease are still unclear.  Read on.

Sanofi MS drug results set stage for extensive late-stage testing

Source Biopharmadive.com: With positive results from a mid-stage study in hand, Sanofi is pushing an experimental multiple sclerosis drug into an extensive late-stage research program comprised of four studies scheduled to begin in the middle of this year.

More details from the Phase 2b study will be presented at an upcoming medical meeting, according to Sanofi. In the meantime, the French pharma disclosed Thursday that its drug significantly reduced the number of new brain lesions seen in patients with recurring MS while also being well tolerated, with safety findings in-line with previous research.
Sanofi licensed the drug, which inhibits an enzyme known as BTK or Bruton’s tyrosine kinase, from Principia BioPharma in late 2017. While drugmakers have found success targeting BTK for cancer treatment, some have also been looking into its application in MS. Aside from Sanofi, Biogen and Merck KGaA have advanced BTK inhibitors into clinical trials of multiple sclerosis patients.  Read on.

Gene Variants Linked to High Childhood BMI Point to Higher MS Risk, Study Finds

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today: Genetic variations that increase body mass index (BMI) in childhood are associated with a higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) regardless of a person’s vitamin D levels, a study found.

The study, “BMI and low vitamin D are causal factors for multiple sclerosis,” was published in the journal Neurology Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation.

An individual’s risk of developing MS is influenced by both genetics and environmental factors. Among the known environmental factors are low levels of vitamin D, exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus, obesity, and smoking.  Read on. 

100 club winners for January

100 club winners for January
1st – Gloria, 2nd – Chris Webb, 3rd – Sarah Chappell
Sharing a prize fund of: £77.50.
We have had a number of people drop out of the 100 club recently.  It would be great if you could support it.  It is only £5 a month.  For more information speak to Reception or Sue.
You got to be in it to win it!!

Chiropractor appointments from March onwards

From 1st March,  Natalie, Chiropractor will be coming in fortnightly.  This means one Thursday we will have Chiropractor and the following Acupuncture.   

So from March:-

Thursday 5th March   acupuncture

Thursday 12th March chiropractor

Thursday 19th March acupuncture

Thursday 26th March chiropractor

Volunteers needed to help at the Centre

  1. H&S.  Mike our H&S volunteer has had to step down from this role which he has been doing for the last 8 years.  The role involves all health and safety within the centre,  keeping up to date on H&S regulations.  Mike is happy to do a hand-over and to be available with questions.  The role could be a few hours a month or more if wanted.
  2. Oxygen Operators.  We are short of volunteers to run the oxygen sessions.  Initially you would be trained as a number 2 operator and would follow a main operator for a few months until you are happy with oxygen operation.  This could just be a few hours commitment once a week or more if wanted.
  3. Handy Person.  Since we sadly lost Eddy, I don’t have anyone to do odd jobs around the centre, so someone good with tools and their hands would be great!

Please get in touch

Oxford UK Age February Update

Dear Readers,

We hope you have had a good January! 

A few bits of news for you, some from us and some from our partners.

We have just updated our class timetable. Here is the link LINK TO CLASS TIMETABLE

Additions and Changes to some of our Strength & Balance classes

Windmill Community Centre, Hempton Road, Deddington OX15 0QH Tuesdays 12.00- 13.00  New class

Eynsham Baptist Church, Lombard St, Eynsham, Witney OX29 4HT Wednesday 14.30 – 15.30 New class starting  19th Feb

Witney High Street Methodist Church (Bethany Room), 40 High Street, Witney OX28 6HG Wednesday 13.00 – 14.00 there was a class at 11.45 which is closing 12 Feb 

Milton under Wychwood Village Hall, Shipton Road, Milton under Wychwood, OX7 6JW Wednesday 9.45 – 10.45 and 11.00 – 12.00 there are now two classes

The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9BX Thursday 9.15 – 10.15 am and 10.30 – 11.30 am now two classes
Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS Monday 12.30 – 13.30 and  13.45 – 14.45 now two classes

M is for Motivation!

If you struggle to get motivated to be active, try some of these easy-to-do ideas to get started. We’d love to hear if you found any of them useful!     
 •    Stretch! Raise your arms up above your head and lengthen your whole body.
•    Listen to music, an audiobook or a podcast while lifting weights or going for a walk
•    Window shopping while walking and carrying shopping (cardio and weight training in one!)
•    Try a competitive sport (you’ll probably forget you’re even exercising as you’ll be so focused on the game!)
•    Take photographs on a walk. Being outdoors and getting that natural daylight is also great for your vitamin D levels. Just 5—15 mins of sunlight is enough to make a real positive difference. 
•    Instead of chatting with a friend over coffee, chat while walking, stretching, or strength training.
•    Walk or play fetch with a dog. If you don’t own a dog, offer to take a neighbour’s dog for a walk
•    Go for a run, walk, or cycle when you’re feeling stressed—and see how much better you feel afterwards. Try it!
•    Try a home exercise DVD (Generation Games at Home is free to request), or search the internet for free exercise videos. Set yourself a timer to do e.g. 10 mins and no more. It’ll be finished before you realise and just starting you may find you are motivated to carry on…
The Oxfordshire Care Awards 2020
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised and celebrated at the Oxfordshire Care Awards 2020 – Inspiration for All? Formerly the Dignity in Care Awards, Age UK Oxfordshire is working in partnership with Action for Carers Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers to celebrate statutory and independent care providers, the community/voluntary sector and unpaid carers. There are 3 ways to nominate: pick up a nomination form from our office or call 01235 52046 to request one, download a fillable PDF nomination form or complete an online nomination form.

Nominations close on the 14th February 2020.

Visit https://oacp.org.uk/oxfordshire-care-awards-2020-inspiration-for-all We are currently looking for a male participant. Please call 0345 450 1276 for more details to take part!That’s all for now, but please do get in touch if there is anything we can help with, whether you tried any simple ideas to get motivated, or let us know what you’d like to us feature in future newsletters.

Best wishes,
Generation Games