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Older but not over the hill

... Older but not over the hill eldercare, independence, communication, arthritis, mobility, story This week's storyteller has chosen to be anonymous. There's a societal habit of associating old age with decrepitude. Because someone is elderly they automatically can't do things for themselves. ...

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

... some circumstances families will purchase the bed. If the older person requires walking aids or is prone to falls, there are many great mobility aids to help someone who struggles to move around easily. Zimmer frames or a tripod with wheels and brakes can also improve manoeuvrability ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... How tea parties help to ward off loneliness loneliness, companionship, mobility, community, story This week's storyteller is Gemma. Gemma tells us how she became a volunteer driver for Contact the Elderly. She describes the benefits of attending the charity's free monthly tea parties ...

Christmas gifts for our parents

... Christmas gifts for our parents christmas, gifts, memory, mobility, mental health Buying presents for our parents that they'll really appreciate can get difficult. Do you go for the tried and trusted or take a risk with something new? You've landed on our 2013 ...

Adjusting to life in a wheelchair

... Adjusting to life in a wheelchair mobility, independence, story, Older parents can find themselves in a wheelchair for all sorts of health reasons after which life can change significantly from the norm. Katherine Pyne, creator of online disability shop designed2enable, found herself in ...

Improvements in accessibility in public transport

... Improvements in accessibility in public transport TRAVEL, MOBILITY, DISABILITY, PUBLIC TRANSPORT, BUSES Public transport becomes more important to people who give up driving or can no longer walk far. How are public transport providers meeting the challenge of supporting older passengers and those with ...

Christmas gift guide for older parents and grandparents

... . Edibles and drinkables Food and drink are always popular gifts. Appetite often wanes with age as people lose their sense of smell and mobility, so something extra tasty might be a great idea. And with the growing army of artisan, independent producers joining the more ...

Cruise review: recuperative, fun or a health challenge?

... Cruise review: recuperative, fun or a health challenge? balance, holiday, travel, medication, mobility We hear so many recommendations for cruises as a great holiday for our age group. We decided to take the plunge and see if they really do offer ...

Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia

... Autumn outings soothe mum's dementia dementia, mobility, wheelchair, swallowing, story This week's storyteller is Hannah Davies. Hannah shares how she's learnt to embrace the changes in her mum's health as her dementia progresses. Autumn has arrived for my seaside town, and whilst ...

Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia

... Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia DEMENTIA, EXERCISE, MENTAL HEALTH, MOBILITY Being out in nature and sharing activity outside is something which brings immediate benefits to people living with dementia and we believe is a crucial part of "living well ...