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Bad news is hiding good stories Bad news hiding good stories about care homes.
Dementia: Pathways to Hope, and a study in a Welsh Valley shows the way.
A dying, elderly lady blesses the lives of thousands God has a purpose for each purpose, right to the end of their lives.
Saying 'I need you' to a senior on World Suicide Prevention Day Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day.  The World Health Organisation's figures show that every second someone commits suicide – one per second!  Most of them are male, and certain groups are at higher risk of taking their lives.
Don’t ever think that you are not ‘useful’! 
Purpose in old age? God has it all stitched up!
A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care
Living a genuinely fulfilled life
An extraordinary woman Did you see ITV West’s news clip of Dr Jennifer Bute?  When I saw it I thought, not for the first time, how easy it would be to assume that she doesn’t really have dementia.
Stories that show the way through dementia Yesterday, Dr Jennifer Bute and I were interviewed for a Podcast that’s broadcast from America. (I’ll post the broadcast date when I have it.)This is a Podcast with a difference. It’s based on how stories influence the way people understand various issues in life - in this case, dementia. For instance, do we communicate well with people with dementia, by telling them a story? (It depends on the person and the stage of their dementia.) But we communicate with their care givers and families with stories very well - particularly true stories.
Shattered mobile phone sends a strong message This may look like just a shattered mobile phone. But it's more than that. It's an allegory! It's the phone that 19 year old Luke put together for me months before the accident that killed him last December. He sat at the kitchen table working on it patiently asking questions like, 'do you want Messenger on the front screen?' and showing me how it worked. 'Switch on the security screen before you put it in your bag,' he sighed when I asked why the icons moved all over the place when I put it in my bag. After his death I particularly treasured that phone.
Put some rocket fuel under this agenda! If you watched the interviews on TV with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt you will have seen their responses to the question about funding social care.  Jeremy Hunt said straight away that he would do it, and that he would merge the NHS and social care.
When management sees staff as humans made in God's own image There's an interesting item in Premier's digital newsletter this morning about a study that looked at what happens  in the workplace when we treat staff  either as 'resources' or beings made in God's image.  (See ref below). The report titled 'Human resources - recognising the personhood of workers in the charity and public sectors', was supported by the Leech Fellowship Committee and Baptist and Anglican churches. 
Words are powerful and we CAN make a difference The Government will make an announcement about social care funding at the earliest opportunity, a minister said in reply to MP Nick Thomas-Symonds' question. What would he say to the two sisters caring for their dying father who were struggling with a disjointed system where they had to fight for the simplest of things? In despair they wrote a letter to The Times. And how do we, as Christians, respond? The Bible is clear that this is what we ought to do.
Care not Killing, and new euthanasia lobby move We don't want to find ourselves being euthanized because doctors have taken a subjective view of our quality of life, which is what happened in Belgium and was reported earlier in this blog.  Or have a 75 year old woman with dementia being euthanized against her will.
Unpaid caregivers seven times more lonely than the rest of us There are now an estimated 8.8 million adult carers in the UK, up from 6.3 million estimated in the 2011 census. That’s a huge increase in numbers. And they are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public, new figures suggest.
The power of worship in dementia Worship helps us to hold ourselves together. In one of his devotional books, Selwyn Hughes, one of Wales’ best-loved preachers, pointed out that in worship we find unity, not just with God but within ourselves.
Carers - undervalued by our culture, but not by God. What a mix of emotions watching last evening's Panarama programme on the human cost of the social care funding crisis!
How to write to your MP about the social care crisis Proverbs 31:8 says, '"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless,' (GNT).
The human stories behind the social care funding crisis Most Councils are under huge financial pressure, with some on the verge of bankruptcy, struggling to meet the needs of a small percentage of their population after years of government under-funding of social care.
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