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Christmas gift guide for older parents and grandparents

... 139.99 SIM-free from Robert Dyas. Amplicomms also offers a M7000i retro flip phone with long battery life and features designed for people with hearing loss. Keeping warm Fending off draughts, keeping the extremities warm, feeling cosy these are always good bets for mid-winter gifts. Here ...

Expectations in dementia care

... ? I was delighted not to be greeted at the door by that heady mix of wee and disinfectant. Maybe that is setting my sights rather low, but there are many places in homes and hospitals where you can't get away from it. I took this as ...

Treatment and care to slow the progress of dementia

... Diet is also thought to make an impact and feasting on a Mediterranean style diet was found in one study to reduce the speed of loss of brain cells over time. Those who followed the diet had a larger brain volume and were found to have aged five years ...

Dignity in dying and care for the living

... this area. "We have to tackle this issue head on. Day-to-day pressures overwhelm so many of us that we can easily lose sight of what matters. My training sessions are geared towards helping people to reconnect with the fundamental principles of dignity and care, and ...

How can I get mum to take my worries about her seriously?

... And indeed sometimes they are! But underneath, I think we can understand and identify with some of the emotions denial about ageing, loss of independence, fear of change. Acknowledging this can make it less of a battle of wills and more of a discussion between ...

How do I get back the happy memories taken by dementia?

... confused feelings? Is it possible to go through the "normal" phases of grieving when we already started being aware of the "loss" while they were alive? It takes a long time to move on. Good memories ease moving on To address your question ...

Maintaining a relationship when your parent has dementia – a real-life story

... Jean and Diane's tips for coping when a parent has dementia People with dementia can still be happy, but in a different way. Loss of memory can be a blessing in disguise for example they may not realise they aren't well or in residential care (their Dad ...

Remembering the real mum

... from our childhood will prompt memories of many happy times, and return our mum to the heart of the family. Have you lost sight of the real person as a parent moves deeper into dementia? Have you discovered ways to keep the connection alive? Let us ...

Dad, dementia and connecting through art

... to understand most is that there can be hope in challenging times. It isn't easy and you will often feel the sadness and the loss of what your parent used to be like. At the same time there are many positive things that you can do. They ...

Tips on choosing a holiday with parents

... you'll have it covered with the appropriate piece of paper. Spare pairs of glasses are always good to have to hand in case of loss or breakage. What works for you on holiday with your parents? Let us know with a comment below. Rebecca Lenton ...