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Getting connected using a tablet computer: product review

... system is to make it easier for an older person to access really useful apps like Skype and urgent assist alerts while someone else takes care of all the controls and housekeeping at a distance. Respexi is effectively another layer on top of a standard Galaxy tablet computer. ...

Are sex and love taboo topics for you and your parents?

... parent or parents are sociable but finding it hard to get out, could they start a small group to be held in friends' homes? A book or film group, card evening, an exercise or a seed swap group is easy to arrange and can be ...

Thoughts on living with an enlarged prostate

... The chances are that catheters will be inserted in hospital while district nurses will be called upon to help with changing bags regularly in the home. Your father should be shown how to empty the bag himself. As with many things, different nurses will have learned different ...

Food for thought - healthy eating tips for ageing palates

... mother lived with me in the last year of her life, before she died of cancer, and she just wanted to be at home with home-cooked meals and surrounded by those who love her. I truly understand the importance of a delicious meal that's enjoyable for your ...

Tips to change festive pressure into pleasure

... , as Benjamin Franklin put it. One of the reasons for the Christmas stress is the extra workload. Especially if you are taking care of other people and their plans, it easily becomes a mountain of workload. Be less than perfect As the one carrying most ...

How to cope with early onset dementia

... 50s, who could have 40 years ahead of them, is likely to become dependent on you for support which means that you'll be caring for both your parent(s) and your children. Families can struggle to come to terms with this possibility. It can ...

Hearing service cuts in the NHS

... If you think your parent isn't receiving the hearing services from the NHS that they need, what's the alternative? That would be private care. Private hearing aid dispensing operates in many ways very like the optician business, but on a smaller scale. There are indeed ...

Will I inherit mum's Alzheimer's?

... have all this going on and we're struggling to come to terms with dementia in the family, mid-life angst, and the stress of caring responsibilities it's easy to imagine the worst. Like ageing and the menopause, dementia also causes memory loss. But in addition it ...

Top tips for helping older people overcome mild depression

... guide on helping family to avoid loneliness is a great first stop. There are plenty of opportunities for people to get out of their homes to meet others at lunch and tea clubs. You can find these locally. If your parent is restricted to home much of ...

Banishing the fear of falling with reflexology

... been in her over the course of the two weeks and that perhaps it might be worthwhile trying to find a reflexologist when she got home. Well, after my brother-in-law had dropped her home she boiled the kettle and sat down with the new parish mag. Lo ...