What is Macular Degeneration? Macular degeneration is a term that describes problems with the macular – a tiny part of the retina that is responsible for all or our central vision. Most people associate macular degeneration with getting older – and, indeed, age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of sight loss in […]
We are always glad to hear about other organisations that offer services to people who are living with dementia, so we were excited to hear about My Life Films.
What is the right way to handle the death of a loved one when the surviving relative is living with dementia? Look After Yourself In any bereavement situation it is important for carers to acknowledge their own grief and emotions. It may become difficult to care for someone living with dementia and to help […]
SHARE & CARE HOMESHARE – CASE STUDY 82-year-old Oxfordshire-based Jennifer Baird was diagnosed with dementia in May 2014. She had a Sharer, Judith O’Boyle, through Share & Care Homeshare, who lived with her from October 2016 until September 2017. Jennifer’s daughter Jo Evans says; “I wish I had known about Share & Care before, […]
SHARE AND CARE HOMESHARE – Case Study “Homeshare has allowed my mother to stay in her own home – without using all her capital to pay for evening and night-time care which she is able to manage with a Sharer’s support, and still do some simple things for herself.” 79-year-old East Sussex based Ann Moore […]
Radio 4’s Book of The Week – “Somebody I Used To Know” by Wendy Mitchell. Wendy, an NHS Manager, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 58. She tells her story, speaking movingly of hopes and challenges. Having feared that her diagnosis and forced early retirement would leave her purposeless and isolated, […]
Facts about… Living with Parkinson’s Disease What is Parkinson’s disease? The NHS defines Parkinson’s disease as a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. Clinically, Parkinson’s disease is primarily described as a movement disorder, and is characterised by its variety of motor symptoms. How many people are affected? Parkinson’s […]
Florence is 95. She’s partially sighted, an RAF veteran, and used to be a keen tennis player. She also has a 27-year-old housemate called Alexandra. When Florence’s husband died she said she “desperately needed company”. She was one of nine million adults in the UK who say they are often, or always, lonely. By chance, […]
Dementia DiagnosisThe Facts About… Dementia Diagnosis In the UK it is estimated that 800,000 individuals are living with dementia, yet fewer than 50% of that number are ever formally diagnosed. Belief that dementia is part of normal ageing and that nothing can be done contribute to the low diagnosis rate. The Department of […]
We often hear about older people suffering from urinary tract infections [UTIs] and the serious effects these can have on their mental as well as physical health. We thought it would be helpful to put together some information about this painful and distressing issue.