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Could animal assisted therapy improve your parent's health?

... Could animal assisted therapy improve your parent's health? pets, loneliness, mental health, dementia, alzheimer's We explore the potential benefits of pet therapy as a way to relax and encourage our parents wherever they reside. As our parents get older, and perhaps begin ...

The health benefits of plants for your parent

... The health benefits of plants for your parent gardening, mental health, dementia, story This week's storyteller is Clare Long. Clare, founder of Granny Dodo's Gardens, shares how flowers can be more than just gifts for our parents, they can also bring enjoyment ...

Does my aunt need to be in a care home or not?

... several near accidents with hot saucepans and irons and some very bad falls. At the time she also appeared to be showing signs of dementia. In her new environment she appears to have completely recovered mentally. Her mobility is not as good as it once was, ...

How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering

... How to keep your parent safe and prevent wandering carer, dementia, independence, mobility, communication Wandering can be a common problem as our parents get older and perhaps have mental health challenges to cope with. Dementia is often the cause of wandering in later life ...

Why my parents never came to live with me

... Why my parents never came to live with me independence, carer, dementia, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous.We've asked many people about their experiences of living with their parents in later life. In our latest story, our storyteller explains why she ...

Why regular walks are good for you and your parent

... regimes. We've gathered a few together that suggest that taking time out for a walk every day is a very good idea. Preventing dementia In light of the G8 Summit on dementia there've been many recommendations by practitioners for people to take preventative measures against dementia. Regular ...

Tips on getting the right care at home

... , 7-days- a-week live in care to companionship, personal care, light housework, local transport, meal preparation and/or specialist dementia care. Care is not necessarily about people in uniforms care in the home should be about someone helping your parent to live happily ...

Myths about Lasting Powers of Attorney

... and it is deemed to be in your best interests. "I only need to think about a LPA if I am diagnosed with dementia"Everyone should consider making a LPA, regardless of their age and/or medical condition(s). It is not ...

How to help your elderly parent avoid anorexia

... you, I've just eaten" could also serve as indicators that your parent has anorexia. "Accidental" anorexia can often occur in dementia sufferers who simply forget to eat, are unable to prepare food for themselves or go grocery shopping. Anorexia in dementia sufferers is ...

Preparing for live-in care – what you need to know

... idea to make sure furniture doesn't block common routes throughout the house. The same goes for clutter and loose wires. People living with dementia will require a carer with a great deal of specialist knowledge and patience. Some people living with dementia can be prone to wandering ...