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Tackling the emerging loneliness crisis for older men

... increase by 65% by 2030 according to a report published in October 2014. Andrew Kaye, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Independent Age, one of the organisations behind the report, discusses whether loneliness is inevitable.Hardly a week seems to go by without another depressing report ...

Is it time to hang up the car keys?

... At present they are required to declare themselves safe to drive every three years. Yet, as the BBC reports, drivers under the age of 20 have more fatal accidents than those over the age of 70 although there's not a great deal of information about causes or ...

Helping our parents to feel that they're not a burden

... bite the bullet and know that it's just something that has to be done? I carried out a poll recently with friends who have ageing parents, and a recurring theme that comes up is the fact that our parents worry about being a burden to us middle-aged kids ...

Talking about your eldercare challenges

... work and care commitments. Having supported an elderly family member she's well equipped to advise others on the challenges that can arise as parents age. Find out how others are coping and be reassured that feeling overwhelmed can sometimes just be part and parcel of eldercare responsibilities. ...

Practical projects bring people together in Men's Sheds

... agency may second staff and other resources, including premises, to bring would-be members together exemplified by the Men in Sheds programme pioneered by Age UK. The second and most common is the "bottom-up" model where a group of men come together and plan the development ...

How can we tell if a parent has Alzheimer's disease?

... MCI ).This occurs when we are aware we are having difficulty with our memory and other executive abilities that is greater than expected for our age and level of education, but which does not interfere with our normal everyday activities.This is important as more than 60% of people ...

Experiences in caring for a mum with dementia

... those who are there now. I cared for my mum for nearly four years after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 51 and passed away at the age of 54. I was 25 when I started caring for my mum. I am ...

Why we shouldn't de-clutter our family history

... has no value but is priceless for its memories. Yet while I will never live a minimalist life, like so many of my age- 64- I desperately need to get rid of much of the stuff I have collected over the years. A visit from ...

How to help your parents manage tinnitus

... delves into the different devices you can buy to help. Approximately 10% of adults in the UK have tinnitus. People of any age can have tinnitus but it often affects the elderly as their hearing may worsen over time. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is essentially ...

How to cope with early onset dementia

... of charity Younger People with Dementia (YPWD), talk about the difficulties people face when a loved one develops dementia at a younger age and offer practical advice on how to cope with an early onset dementia diagnosis. This is something that could happen to our friends ...