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Why we should all have dementia training

... third of those people (over 260,000) live on their own in the community. They may have family, friends or carers who support them but often those who live alone remain undiagnosed and unaided. After attending dementia training I realised that as a society ...

Tips on safely managing money for the less mobile

... . We now have more choice than ever about how we make payments and manage our money without needing to share confidential information. As carers, friends and relatives, it's important that we not only understand the options available but are passing this information on so those in ...

What are the retirement housing options for my parents?

... for people, getting online can help, and we have advice on how to get started. Assistive technology Useful technology can alert remote carers to any changes in behaviour for example. Take a look at our article on how to prevent wandering and falls. Have someone ...

When a loved one loses their sight

... vision impaired ex-Service men and women, providing lifelong training, equipment, rehabilitation and emotional support to help veterans, and their families and carers, adjust to life with sight loss and live full, independent lives. When Sally Baldwin's 91-year-old mother Eleanor lost her sight, ...

Safe exercise in later life expands horizons

... spent under the care of my younger sister, Marian, whose physical health, strength and love for our mum made her a great carer. My sister's efforts and my financial support were both critical for mum's wellbeing in the last few years of her life. Her ...

Cool, calm and collected or collapsing, crying and crumpling?

... that when life piles up the demands, it's easy to reach the top of your coping level! Research showed that 63% of carers suffer from stress, but do not ask for support. However, for many people it's difficult to recognise that they're doing a ...

What does a hospice do?

... not just about the last few days though. Hospices offer day care and outpatient services, and can also provide respite care to enable carers to have a break themselves. What is hospice care? Hospice care, palliative care and end-of-life care are different ways of referring ...

Top tips on making life easier for someone with dementia

... dementia. But in small ways we can make the world feel safer and less confusing. To help them We can suggest to their carers that they keep to familiar habits and routines washing and dressing, meals, bedtime. On the other hand, if our parents ...

Travelling with a parent who has dementia

... out during your time away or write a Fit for Travel note for an airline if needed. They may also recommend more than one carer accompanies you on holiday to ensure your parent's care needs are being met. This allows you both to enjoy the holiday without worrying ...

Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly?

... friends, neighbours and relatives to keep them company and assist them with day-to-day living. If they're left unaided then they're dependent on professional carers or the kindness of strangers and charitable groups to ensure they're living well. What can we do? If you're concerned your elderly ...