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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 ...

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 ...

How to cope when your parent has a stroke

... . If any of these signs present themselves you should call 999 right away. Other signs of an oncoming stroke can include: Dizziness Loss of balance Blurred vision Severe headaches As with any situation where you're concerned for your parent's health, seek medical attention immediately. What ...

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 ...

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 ...

Enjoying nature and the outdoors with a family member with dementia

... using a smartphone is ideal). Collect souvenirs such as pine cones, leaves or grasses, as natural physical reminders or note the sightings of trees, flowers, birds and animals as these can often trigger memories or personal connections. If an outing is too much ...

Is it time to hang up the car keys?

... engine. Eye tests It's obvious but no less important. Eyesight tends to change over time, and everybody is encouraged to get their sight tested regularly. That's even more important for older people who are at risk of problems such as cataracts and glaucoma. Get back ...

How to cope with early onset dementia

... struggle to come to terms with this possibility. It can be hard to recognise the changes and difficulties which come with a parent's memory loss. With dementia there can be other changes too your parent's personality can alter and they may start doing unusual things which can be ...

The health benefits of plants for your parent

... After my grandmother passed away in 2013 I wanted to do something to honour her memory. I found it hard to cope with her loss as we had been very close so my auntie and I decided to plant a garden at her care home as a memorial. ...