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How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... , being involved in the tea parties gives her added companionship which is an important part of leading a fulfilling life. There was one Christmas where we had quite heavy snowfall and she was on her own over the Christmas period so I dropped in for a cup of ...

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

... care home for special occasions, but it's worth asking yourself who is really benefiting. I would have my parents to stay overnight at Christmas, and then spend two hours in the morning washing and dressing them before having to provide the Christmas lunch. I was trying ...

Dad, dementia and connecting through art

... couldn't make sense of how to work it. Again I thought his behaviour was odd but never did I suspect dementia. Just before Christmas he fell in the early hours and was taken to hospital. It was after that that he received a diagnosis. They score ...

How dad's humour eased his death

... passing and ensured his family remained positive. In 1994, my then husband, daughters and I moved back from France, and spent Christmas with my parents in Yorkshire for the first time ever precious timing for which I shall always be grateful. It was early in ...

How a game of pairs helped gauge grandad's dementia

... on. At the age of 90 he was told he could no longer drive and with this news his independence diminished considerably. By Christmas it was clear to us all that grandad's dementia was worsening and there has been an even steeper decline this year. However, ...

Forewarned is forearmed where scammers exist

... her a pile of documentation together with stickered pages where she needed to sign. At this point she happened to be visiting family for Christmas and mentioned the story to dropped jaws all round. Mary's dad called her urgently one evening. A man had been in his ...

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

... just age.However, if they're starting to struggle to do things that used to be easy, that may be a sign. It's the Christmas dinner test. If someone used to be able to create a meal with all the components ready at the same time but now ...

A quick guide to the Senior Railcard and Disabled Persons Railcard

... they wish to renew it via the website at a later date. By phone. Call 0345 3000 250 (07:00-22:00 any day except Christmas Day). Calls are charged at the national rate. Applicants will need a valid passport or UK driving license. The railcard ...

10 questions to ask before choosing a care home

... the home is right for them. You may also want to ask what the home does to celebrate birthdays and special occasions such as Christmas. These can be important events for our parents that have always been a part of family tradition so trying not to disrupt this ...

Ready meals for the elderly - what's on the menu?

... groceries can be conveniently delivered together. Make sure that the service you choose delivers during holiday periods such as Bank holidays, Easter and Christmas otherwise your parent will be home alone and hungry! Council-funded services apetito works alongside Wiltshire Farm Foods with local councils to provide hot ...