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How do I cope with constant repetitive questions?

... How do I cope with constant repetitive questions? DEMENTIA, MEMORY LOSS, CARER, ELDERCARE Dear Lesley I have been asked a question I couldn't answer today by my neighbour who cares for her mother and a lady she cleans for, both of whom have memory ...

Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health

... Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health HEALTH, VARICOSE VEINS, EXERCISE, ELDERCARE There's a strong belief that treating varicose veins is more a vanity project than a health issue. Consultant Vascular Surgeon Prof Mark S Whiteley explains how varicose veins can lead ...

Product review: adjustable multi-user spectacles

... Product review: adjustable multi-user spectacles EYESIGHT, EYE CARE, MYOPIA, ELDERCARE We've been trying out adjustables glasses. Named adjustable not because you can change the fit but instead you can change the actual lens to suit a wide range of prescriptions. That means they ...

Making homes safe from carbon monoxide poisoning

... Making homes safe from carbon monoxide poisoning INDEPENDENCE, ELDERCARE, CARBON MONOXIDE, HOME SAFETY How dangerous is carbon monoxide (CO) and what can you do to help protect against a leak of this deadly gas? Expert lawyer Gavin Evans of Simpson Millar Solicitors offers ...

Heating guide for your parents and grandparents: how to stay warm and save money this winter

... Heating guide for your parents and grandparents: how to stay warm and save money this winter HOME HEATING, INSULATION, INDEPENDENCE, ELDERCARE Heating a home in winter can be expensive. Rix Petroleum offers tips for keeping rooms comfortable and draughts at bay without spending a ...

Urinary incontinence: causes, treatments, symptoms

... Urinary incontinence: causes, treatments, symptoms URINARY INCONTINENCE, INDEPENDENCE, ELDERCARE Urinary incontinence is often seen as an inevitable sign of ageing but that's not necessarily the case. There could be other causes that can be addressed. And for those who do have to ...

Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help?

... Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help? SOCIAL CARE, RELATIONSHIPS, ELDERCARE, AGEING, POPULATION Dear Lesley We were visiting my parents over the Christmas holiday I thought the visit would be an opportunity to see how they are getting on ...

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

... Preparing for live-in care – what you need to know HOME CARE, ELDERCARE, COMPANIONSHIP, INDEPENDENCE If you are in the position of having to arrange care for an older relative who can no longer look after themselves, it can be an emotional and stressful time ...

Dignity in dying and care for the living

... Dignity in dying and care for the living ELDERCARE, INDEPENDENCE, END OF LIFE, DIGNITY Campaigner Amanda Waring explains why approaches to dignity in dying need to change in the UK, and offers some tips for caring for the living. Renowned filmmaker, comedian and ...

How to prepare for your parent moving in

... How to prepare for your parent moving in eldercare, independence, mobility, communication, companionship While moving your parent in isn't for everyone there are those of us who would rather they were close to home so we can keep a watchful eye on their health than ...