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The plight of Parkinson's

... In honour of Parkinson's Awareness Week 2013 we have a special story from the grandchild of Britain's leading 20th-century naval historian whose death marked the loss of a great man who gave his all as a naval officer, father, grandfather and historian. Parkinson's made him pay the ...

What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... as personal style. As our parents get older, their mobility may start to become affected. Becoming less mobile can lead to a loss of self-esteem and confidence. They may need support to enable them to stay independent and continue to live in the comfort of their ...

How do I help my elderly parent bathe?

... to enjoy bathing with dignity and confidence. Many elderly people struggle to bathe and sadly, it seems to start when there is a loss of confidence due to a slip or fall when trying to get in or out of the bath or shower. The first way ...

How to help your elderly parent avoid malnutrition

... their food and eating regularly. What are the signs of malnutrition? While some symptoms of malnutrition are easy to spot such as weight loss and decreased energy levels there are many others that tend to be masked by old age. Reduced mobility, difficulty retaining body heat ...

Ageing parents - who cares?

... parents who looked after them when they were small. But all too often it's demanding and stressful- especially when the older person has memory and mobility problems. Carers suffer from high rates of anxiety, depression and heart disease. They may be at the peak of ...

How to help your parent use the internet

... - seeing them on screen providing an added sense of sociability. Facebook photo albums are also an ideal way to share family moments and memories with your parents. Email on the go If your parent wants to access their emails while they're away from home it's important to ...

When families can't agree on care

... as anger, resentment, lack of control, inadequacy about not being a good enough son or daughter, and awareness of the gradual loss of a "senior" family member. And there's the unfairness of it all. Why did this have to happen, why ...

How speech therapy can improve communication

... language they use to convey a message is impaired their ability to understand a written or spoken message is affected their cognition (attention/memory) is impaired the voice itself has deteriorated What causes communication problems? With age, the voice can deteriorate (presbyphonia) and ...

What does a hospice do?

... your parent's illness and after their death a hospice can support you with pre-bereavement and bereavement counselling to help you come to terms with the loss of your parent. Your parent can also stay at a hospice for a short period of time to give you or the person ...

What to expect from your chosen care home

... can be useful if your parent leaves the home for any reason. It's unreasonable for a home to say they take no responsibility for loss of your parent's possessions and clothes. The most common complaint is finding another resident wearing that wonderful outfit from M&S that ...