Wellbeing

Rock singer spotlights dementia concern

Dementia is an unusual theme in popular music. But it’s the focus of a tear-jerking track on the latest album from Fish (pictured), former frontman of rock band Marillion. And it’s unusual enough to merit the attention of Age UK, a leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Age UK interviewed Fish – whose real ...
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Make your home dementia-friendly

A thought-provoking film was shared by Alzheimer's Society at the Dementia Care Conference, which drew nearly 40 delegates from public and charity sectors - including Patricia Berry from MMHS. In How I Made My Home Dementia-Friendly, Alzheimer's Society ambassador Wendy Mitchell shares her story of living with the disease. The conference heard that dementia will affect more than a million people ...
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Disabled writers champion social media

Social media used to have a bad press. But it’s good news for many people living with a disability or chronic illness. Information and advice service Independent Living gathered people’s views on the role social media plays for them. Their findings are positive. POWERFUL PLATFORM Lauren Matthewson of Access Your Life described social media as ‘an incredibly powerful platform’ for ...
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Have fun in the sun – with care

Take simple steps so fun in the sun doesn't become holiday in hospital. That’s the message from the NHS as warmer weather has been hitting these shores. Chief nursing officer for England Ruth May is encouraging households to take common sense precautions and follow the NHS top tips like – drinking plenty of water, using high-factor sunscreen and taking allergy ...
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How to stay safe at home

Free resources from two leading charities show how you can keep out of harm’s way at home. Published this month (April) by Independent Age, Home Safety is a 52-page guide that helps the reader to avoid accidents around their house or flat. The publication shows people how they can keep themselves from harm by being aware of danger areas and ...
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How to add life to your years

If life is a journey, how do we enjoy every step? Business and life coach Marian Byrne addresses that in Adding Life To Your Years (Veritas). The author doesn’t promise to change our lives. But her book offers to be the start of ‘improving your experience of the one you have’. Marian Byrne (pictured) shares simple ways of changing our ...
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Carers have their day

‘Caring For Your Future’ is the theme for Carers Rights Day on 30th November. Behind the event is national charity Carers UK, who are focusing on supporting people to prepare for the future. That’s because every day 6,000 people become carers – but often it’s not something they planned for. GROWING MOVEMENT Each year Carers Rights Day brings organisations together ...
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Autumn focus on Alzheimer’s

Former Southampton GP Jennifer Bute was shocked when patients started kissing her. Later she realised the patient who’d hugged her was a friend. ‘Soon after, I wouldn’t recognise people I had known for 20 years,’ she said, ‘then I started getting lost along familiar routes. That was kind of how it all started.’ JOURNEY OF HOPE Dr Bute (pictured) is ...
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