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Younger People With Dementia Face Financial Worries & Lack Of Support

In Family, Healthcare, Insurance by Stephen Ellis

While dementia is a condition that typically tends to affect people over the age of 65, it is not unheard of for it to impact younger individuals too, with early onset of the disease sometimes beginning when people are in their 30s, 40s and 50s. But, unfortunately, there is less funding and support available for younger people with dementia, and …

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Excess Body Fat Linked To Increased Depression Risk

In Healthcare, Industry News, Mental Health by Paul Howell

Obesity is complex and having excess body fat is something that is not just a cosmetic concern. The bottom line is obesity is a medical problem and it increases a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other health problems. But now new research suggests that carrying excess body fat also increases a person’s risk …

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Mindfulness Apps Help Boost Mental Health, Survey Finds

In Healthcare, In The Press, Mental Health by Paul Howell

New research shows that more than eight in 10 people (86%) find mindfulness apps beneficial for improving their overall mental wellbeing. According to the research from Vitality, more than half (56%) of respondents said they use mindfulness apps to help relieve stress, while just under half (49%) use them to improve their mental health. More than a third (34%) of …

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Why SMEs Should Be Offering Private Medical Cover To Their Employees

In Business, Employee Benefits, Healthcare by Tom McGuinness

Paid private health insurance is the number one insurance benefit employees want the most, new research reveals. According to the survey of 1,000 SME workers by Drewberry, nearly a third of employees (31.3%) want private medical cover, which puts the perk second to only flexible hours, cited by 42.3% of respondents. The ability to work from home and life insurance …

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A Significant Amount Of Absence & Presenteeism Could Be Addressed With Employer Interventions

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Tom Pullinger

Health-related absenteeism and presenteeism cause employers to lose an average of 35.6 working days a year per employee, which equates to a staggering £61 billion in lost productivity annually. Those are two of the key findings of Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study, which was published earlier this year. Back in 2014, the number of days lost annually per worker due …

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More Employees Than Ever Seeking Mental Health Support

In Business, Industry News, Mental Health by Stephen Ellis

More employees than ever are seeking help for mental health conditions, figures from Unum show. According to the insurer’s data, two-fifths of people using its rehabilitation services are doing so to address mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety. In fact, of the individuals seeking help under Unum’s return to work scheme, the majority were doing so because of …

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NHS Crisis Continues: Record A&E Attendances & Longest-Ever Waiting Times

In Healthcare, In The Press, Industry News by Paul Howell

New NHS data reveals record numbers of A&E patients, as well as the worst-ever waiting times for routine operations. Furthermore, the number of operations being cancelled is also on the rise and the number of patients waiting on a trolley for more than 12 hours has also increased since last year. According to the Society for Acute Medicine, the figures …

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UK Renters Under-Protected & Need To Consider Protection As Much As Home Owners

In Family, Individual, Protection by Paul Connolly

According to Office for National Statistics data, the number of households in the UK Private Rented Sector (PRS) has risen from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.5 million in 2017 – an increase of 63%. Furthermore, it’s younger people who are more likely to rent, with the 25 to 34 years age group making up the largest proportion (35%). But …

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Number Of Workers Receiving Employee Benefits At 12-Year Low: Where, Why & What Next?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

The number of employees in the UK receiving company benefits is at a 12-year low, an analysis from an accountancy group shows. According to the analysis of HMRC data by UHY Hacker Young, in just 12 months, the number of individuals receiving things like company cars, private medical insurance and staff accommodation fell by more than 600,000 – from 3.92 …

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Ongoing Employee Benefits, Not Celebrations, Drive Employee Loyalty – GRiD

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

A significant proportion of businesses commit to providing ongoing employee benefits, such as private healthcare and group income protection, to motivate, reward and engage staff. According to research by Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector, over a third (36%) of businesses provide ongoing employee benefits as a way of adding real value to …

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Employees At Larger Organisations More Likely To Have Long-Term Sickness Absence

In Business, Industry News, Protection by Stephen Ellis

Employees who work at larger organisations are significantly more likely to have a long-term sickness absence (an absence of four weeks or more) than those who work at smaller businesses, figures reveal. Furthermore, as people get older, their likelihood of having at least one bout of long-term sickness absence increases. According to government data, workers employed at larger organisations are …