Category: Caring for older people
How ‘love bombing’ can help people who feel lonely, even in company.
We now have a secure government with a majority that means it can get things done. We can be the lever that tips it in the right direction – each one of us adding a weight that eventually moves it. We can end the social care crisis.
We don’t often get to see miracles, but Emma, the manager of our Bethany Home in Plymouth saw one unfold over time, thanks to a
Visiting a Person with Dementia
Elderly bodies can not process powerful pills, and many older people are having to cope with the negative side effects of drugs that are too
Who wants to read about end of life care when the sun is shining? But isn’t that the best time to learn about it, quietly
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.
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.
What a mix of emotions watching last evening’s Panarama programme on the human cost of the social care funding crisis!
Pensioners contribute £billions more to the Exchequer than the cost of Social Care – so why aren’t they getting it?
Once again, older people are being presented as an economic burden on society. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, under pressure to produce the long delayed Green Paper on Social Care funding, has warned that taxes will have to keep rising for years to come to cover the cost of caring for Britain’s ageing population. (Cue intergenerational warfare.)
It can be tough trying to tell your parents about a faith they didn’t raise you in! This is a true story of a 99 year old grandfather who came to faith weeks before he died, thanks to the prayers and sensitive approaches of his son and daughter-in-law.
As you read this more than 6 ½ million people around the country are caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is older, disabled or seriously ill, many with dementia. Many have had to give up their jobs and are also struggling financially.
Shakespeare wrote that music was the food of love but it seems that laughter is the elixir of life. Particularly when prompted by comedian Michael McIntyre.
Deaths from influenza amongst the elderly have risen sharply in recent years, and it’s known that flu vaccinations don’t work for everybody. In 2017 researchers at Nottingham University found that being in a good mood before having a ‘flu vaccination increases its protective power.