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Safe exercise in later life expands horizons

... were both critical for mum's wellbeing in the last few years of her life. Her independent spirit, energetic activity level, and relaxed movements all contributed to her overall fitness which brings me to an important topic as our parents age optimising the way they move. Effective ...

Banishing the fear of falling with reflexology

... Banishing the fear of falling with reflexology reflexology, falls, osteopathy, movement, story This week's storyteller is Amanda.Amanda Weller tells us how her reflexology knowledge has helped a friend, who'd become fearful of falling, to take back control of her feet and start living ...

Age and swallowing problems - how speech therapy helps

... have had: head and neck cancer- the cancer itself, the surgery, or treatment (radiotherapy) can change the anatomy and movement of muscles progressive neurological diseases- the nerves and muscles are weaker which makes it hard to swallow in time and chew properly dementia ...

Caring for a father with Parkinson's

... that my mother, who was 83, was finding it very hard to care for him. She suffered from an arthritic spine so movement for her was also difficult. My father's communication skills started to fall away as his movement got progressively worse and more restricted. ...

Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health

... the veins. How does vein disease occur? Normally, blood flows back to the heart in the veins when it is pumped by movement. Veins in the legs have one-way valves that allow the blood to be pumped up to the heart but stop it falling back ...

Hospital discharge and getting the right services in place

... they are not actually medically fit and this often results in a re-admission this is called a failed discharge. Physiotherapy assessment Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when people are affected by injury, illness or disability. It uses movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and ...

How to help your parent live well with Multiple Sclerosis

... to achieve and what can be left lingering at the bottom of the to-do list. Spending a penny Both your parent's bowel and bladder movements can be affected by their MS. No one particularly likes to talk about these sorts of health issues so your parent may be ...

Helping your parents with toilet problems and incontinence

... . Anticholinergic medicines treat urinary incontinence by blocking the signals between your parent's brain and bladder to prevent their over anxious mind dictating their bladder movements. Urge incontinence. Your parent may be prescribed an antimuscarinic which helps to prevent bladder muscle spasms reducing the feeling of urgency your ...

Older but not over the hill

... seats were situated in the circle which was signposted as being at the top of 62 stairs! My grandmother is in constant pain, movement exacerbating this pain, and is reliant on a cocktail of medication in order to manage day to day. To my relief there ...

What are the retirement housing options for my parents?

... example. Take a look at our article on how to prevent wandering and falls. Have someone move in with you There's a new movement to help people stay in their own homes by matching them with younger people who need a roof over their heads and will provide ...