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Living with blindness

... Living with blindness blindness, sight loss, depression, visual impairment, veteran Blindness affects almost 2 million people in the UK and as our parents get older there's an increasing chance that they may experience some degree of sight loss. 1 in 5 people aged 75 ...

What happens during a cataract operation?

... What happens during a cataract operation? cataracts, sight loss, visual impairment, story, Operations to remove cataracts and improve eyesight are carried out every day across the country. Knowing that doesn't necessarily lessen the fear of what exactly is going to happen. John ...

How to cope when you're a whistleblower

... no avail.As a result of these ongoing investigations I've been diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder by my GP and referred to the hospital for cognitive behavioural therapy. However, my specialist believed that my case was too advanced- he was sorry but he wasn't qualified to help.My ...

When a loved one loses their sight

... they don't know about the support available or they don't realise they're eligible. Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women, providing lifelong training, equipment, rehabilitation and emotional support to help veterans, and their families and carers ...

How to apply for Attendance Allowance - what you need to know - Part 1

... in order to qualify for attendance allowance. I was thrown from pillar to post. Four calls later, including one to the Visual Impairment Unit, and I was finally told that the work the local authority does has nothing to with Attendance Allowance and that I should ...

Footwear choices for older people

... people FOOTWEAR, MOBILITY, AGEING Feet and the way people walk change as they get older. Some find their balance and mobility are impaired. So is there advice for everyone to help them stay comfortable and stable (as well as looking good!) in later ...

Why regular walks are good for you and your parent

... have been heralded by experts for reducing the risk of dementia. Researchers from Cardiff University found a consistently healthy lifestyle reduced the chance of cognitive decline by 60% whilst experts at Edinburgh University discovered that gentle exercise in retirement may stop your parent's brain from shrinking. Recovering ...

What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... falls and broken bones. A parent who has had a major health complication such as a stroke or a neurological disorder, with severe impairment to their mobility, or the onset of Alzheimer's, may need the expert advice of an Occupational Therapist (OT). An ...

How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly

... overtired in the future. Get active. As your parent gets older exercising regularly can be a challenge, especially if their mobility becomes impaired. Whether your parent goes for a walk around their garden, stroll to the shops and back or perhaps go for swim there ...

Caring for a dad with dementia, blindness and hearing loss

... there at times but reaching him when he's locked in a dark, often silent and confused world is a challenge. Losing memory and cognitive awareness with dementia is hard enough. However if old age has already taken your sight and hearing, how you can function at ...