Category: Health News

Understanding the risk factors of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK have this week shared their findings from a survey around the public perception of the risk factors of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, say “The findings highlight enduring misconceptions around the physical nature of the diseases that cause dementia as well as low understanding of the risk factors for dementia, which is now the leading cause of death in the UK.”

The Dementia Attitudes survey consists of 2,361 interviews conducted in June and July 2018 and reported that “only 1% of UK adults can name seven known risk or protective factors for the dementia (risk factors: heavy drinking, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes, protective factor: physical exercise) and 48% fail to identify any.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK stated their key findings to be:

  • More than half of UK adults (52%) now say they know someone with dementia.
  • Only half (51%) recognise that dementia is a cause of death* and more than 1 in 5 (22%) incorrectly believes it’s an inevitable part of getting older.
  • Only 34% of people believe it’s possible to reduce the risk of dementia, compared with 77% for heart disease and 81% for diabetes.
  • Three-quarters (73%) of adults would want to be given information in midlife about their personal risk of developing dementia later in life, if doctors could do so.

Read the full article from Alzheimer’s Research UK here.

You can find out more about reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s here.

To volunteer to take part in dementia research, visit or call 0300 111 5111.


World Cancer Day 4th February 2019

Sugarman Group is proud to join the #IAmAndIWill campaign for World Cancer Day 2019.


Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world. It’s time to make a personal commitment.

The theme: 2019 – 2021

2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

A 3-year campaign for impact

World Cancer Day is a campaign built to resonate, inspire change and mobilise action long after the day has passed.

A multi-year campaign offers a chance to create long-lasting impact by increasing public-facing exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and impact-driven action.

You can get involved in World Cancer Day in many ways:

  • Get personal – Create your own custom social media post with your own personal message of the commitment and share it with the world.
  • Light up the world – Make a statement by lighting up a significant landmark, monument or building to be illuminated on World Cancer Day in the colours of orange and blue in your city.
  • Translate materials –  Volunteer translators help to make World Cancer Day campaign materials, including posters, infographics and factsheets, as accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Spread the word – Write an op-ed, blog story, record a video message, feature World Cancer Day on your website, an article in your newsletter, or reach out to a local journalist.
  • Join the action – Show your support by showing up. Find an event near you on the Map of Impact, sign up to attend, participate or volunteer.
  • Create an event – Inspire others by hosting your own World Cancer Day event. From flash mobs, free screenings, record breaking attempts, conferences, fundraisers to fun runs, add it to the Map of Impact to spotlight the awesome work that you are planning.

To get involved, click here to find out more.

Take a look at the World Cancer Day 19_Infographic_FA



What are your plans for 2019? New Year, New You?

New year, new you with Sugarman

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? Is it time for a new year, new you? We are hearing so much about not making resolutions but instead changing your way of thinking. At Sugarman, we are always looking at ways to change and improve so we thought you may like to see our top tips on being the best you in 2019.

Set goals – Whether this may be losing weight, getting a new job, quitting smoking or meeting new people, you can set one or many goals to kick off your new year. We would advise to set only one or two goals at a time, so to make them realistic and achievable.

Share them – Write them down, tell a friend, share on social media, however you want to do it, sharing your goals can be really beneficial to tap into support to help you achieve them. If it’s a goal that’s personal and you don’t want to share, write it down and keep coming back to it. It will be a good prompt for you to keep striving for it.

Keep progress – Keeping a note of progress is so important when working towards goals – it shows you how far you have come and spurs you on to carry on. If you are losing weight you could make a note of the scales figures, or take progress photos. If you are introducing exercise, make a note of distance or duration to keep tracking your progress. It will give you a great boost.

Reward yourself – Who doesn’t love a pat on the back for a good job. Rewarding yourself for making leaps and strides towards your ambitions is a great motivator.

We hope you achieve everything you wish to in 2019 and hope these tips help you along the way in your new year, new you ambitions.

If the challenge of a new job is your driver, why not get in touch with Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. We have vacancies available across the UK for Nurses, Support Workers, Health Care Assistants and Complex Care professionals. Contact your local branch HERE to find out more. Or follow Sugarman Health & Wellbeing on Facebook for the latest news and jobs.