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Supporting dementia carers at work

... monthly drop in sessions for all Met Office colleagues. We are supporting one another going forwards. Futures A Lessons Learned workshop identified the benefits to network group members and other staff so far and capture feedback for improvements going forwards. I used the evidence from this exercise ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... , story This week's storyteller is Gemma. Gemma tells us how she became a volunteer driver for Contact the Elderly. She describes the benefits of attending the charity's free monthly tea parties for everyone involved. I'd decided that I wanted to give something back to my community ...

Treatment and care to slow the progress of dementia

... , with fit legs supposedly equaling a healthy mind. A study suggested that mental ageing was better when leg strength was stronger. The benefits and theory behind this remain to be seen. However keeping fit and healthy throughout life can help to reduce the risk and overall ...

Living with blindness

... Veterans UK to talk about their No One Alone campaign which aims to reach out to the estimated 68,000 ex-service personnel who could benefit from the free, practical and emotional support provided by the national charity. Battling blindness alone is something no one should have to ...

Top tips for keeping the scammers out

... address and telephone numbers and say something about discussing it with a friend/relative/local police officer. This gives the caller the benefit of the doubt without parting with any money on the spot or getting into any agreements. It may be that the work doesn't ...

Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health

... legs. As the technology has improved and our understanding has deepened, previously held beliefs have been blown out of the water to the benefit of patients. Why we need to take varicose veins seriously Approximately 15 to 20% of people have visible varicose veins. However ...

Am I too old for braces?

... and we feel as if it is too late for us to consider wearing them, even though we are perfectly aware that we could benefit from doing so. On the contrary, there is no reason why seniors should not consider wearing one, especially when serious health ...

How to help your parent use the internet

... an account of their own. This may be because they don't want to move their personal life online or because they don't understand the benefits of instantly accessing other people's life updates. Facebook and Skype are great ways for your parent to connect with family and friends. ...

Family member needs care? Applying for Attendance Allowance

... the allowance. However, someone else can complete the application in certain circumstances. You may have been legally appointed to deal with their benefits, such as having Power of Attorney, deputyship or being a benefit appointee. You can also apply of another's behalf if they ...

Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia

... to pay council tax. Systems may have changed, but we found that to apply for some services my parents had to start claiming benefits an anathema to my father who had always paid his own way. One thing we can all do in advance is set up ...