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23rd September: Grab a Cuppa & Give Us a Read for Your News and Collective Updates.

Salmon Prices on the Up:

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Due to the amount of harvestable fish being very low, prices for salmon have soared. Farmed Salmon now represents 70% of global consumable Salmon. Harvesting takes roughly 24-40 months  with the yearly global production stood at 2 million tonnes back in 2014. However global demand for Salmon is increasing, with the world population set to increase from 6.7 billion to 9.6 billion by 2050 – so maybe don’t expect the price to come back down any time soon!

Lamb Price Decrease Despite Drop in Supplies:

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The price of lambs on liveweight markets declined in the week ending 14 September, despite a fall in supplies as demand has begun to return to normal levels, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb. This is due to demand for lamb falling to more normal levels following the Love Lamb Week marketing campaign and the Muslim Festival of Eid al Adha, which led to higher demand.

Dementia Dog Scheme:

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The Dementia Dog project, which has been running in Scotland for just three years, started as a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland, Dogs for Good, Guide Dogs UK and product design students from Glasgow School of Art, to bring fresh ideas to service design for people with dementia.

The aim is to provide people in the early stages of dementia with a fully trained assistance dog. The dog acts as a companion and helper and is trained to provide reminders for key daily tasks, like taking medication. Having a dog also encourages owners to get out and about, increasing not only physical activity but also social interaction.

Collective Purchasing Has Launched #CareHour! Come and Join Us Every Wednesday Between 2-3pm.

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Check out the recent article we featured in for #CareHour: Click here. 

Dementia Awareness Month:

“September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. It’s a time for action, a global movement united by its call for change, but also a time to reflect on the impact of dementia, a disease that will affect more and more people as the years pass,” – Alzheimer’s Disease International.

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The Four Key Alzheimer’s Symptoms We Often Overlook:

It is common for us to think that the clearest sign of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. However a new study warns that isn’t the case. In fact, there are many different kinds of the degenerative disease. By failing to spot the tell-tale signs, many people are not diagnosed until much later into the progress of the disease. For the same reason, few people with less obvious signs of the disease are involved in clinical trials.

The latest research from Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center is an attempt to change our first thoughts on Dementia.

The Symptoms We Need to Look out For:

  • Unusual confidence: If somebody is normally very shy, they can change to be overly confident causing awkward situations between strangers.
  •  Language issues: Patients may have slow or halting speech, decreased vocabulary, and misuse of words (saying ‘pan’ instead of ‘spoon’).
  • Writing difficulties: Someone who may have had no issues spelling words may suddenly begin to struggle.They may also struggle with the physical act of writing, for example writing a check or signing a card.
  • Reading difficulties: It can become difficult to follow sentences through to the end, or to digest a full paragraph.

There is hope that over time these trials – and other technologies – can be developed to reach more accurate diagnoses.

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Product of the Week!

Kristallon Melamine Oatmeal Bowls 150mm

“A hygienic and durable alternative to china, melamine is a hard yet lightweight plastic. With its hardwearing design, this 6″ oatmeal bowl is ideal for use in settings where crockery must sustain a higher level of bumps and scrapes than usual, such as outdoor catering, as well as in catering situations where safe yet robust melamine crockery is required.”

Product features

  • Colour: White
  • Shape: Round
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Resists scratching and staining
  • Durable lightweight plastic
  • Appearance of china
  • Box quantity 12
  • Dimensions 152(Ø)mm/ 6″
  • Material Melamine

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