Dementia Awareness Week 2018 takes place between 21-27 May 2018. Small actions. Big impact. The Dementia Friends programme from the Alzheimer’s Society has already achieved great success with over 1 million Dementia Friends signed up since launch. The purpose of the initiative is to change people’s perceptions of dementia by encouraging them to learn more about dementia and small ways we can all help, becoming a Dementia Friend and turning understanding into action. Find out how to become a Dementia Friend here: www.dementiafriends.org.uk The Alzheimer’s So..
On Easter Monday the biggest shake-up to pensions in a generation takes effect with those aged 55 or over granted new “pension freedoms”. For the first time, pension savers will be able to take up to 100% of their pension as cash enabling them to spend their retirement funds as they wish. More choice means that pensioners will be able to make financial decisions more suited to their particular needs. On the other hand, costly mistakes may be made resulting in a lifetime of savings gone for good. And of course, there is the siren call of the Lamborghini purchase... More worryingly there i..
March is Free Wills Month where a group of charities offers individuals and couples aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple wills written or updated by a participating solicitor. Appointments are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To find out more and make an appointment with a participating solicitor near you go to the free wills website: The charities supporting Free Wills Month work for a variety of causes. There is no obligation to leave a gift to one of the Free Wills Month charities but as most UK charities depend on legacies f..
Sir Muir Gray, former chief of knowledge for the NHS, has shared his extensive knowledge from 40 years as a doctor in public health and written a book on keeping fit to live a full and independent life in your seventies and beyond. His view is that age is just a number and that most of the limitations that older people experience are not caused by ageing itself — but by the way people choose to live their lives as they grow old. Extracts from his book adapted by Corinna Honan are being serialised in the Daily Mail this week and they are well worth a read – no matter what age you are! ..
A recent article in the Observer late last year was written by the novelist Nicci Gerrard about her father who had recently died and his stay in hospital earlier in the year. Nicci described how her father, a doctor, who suffered from dementia, had entered hospital in February as “strong, mobile, healthy, continent, reasonably articulate, cheerful and able to lead a fulfilled daily life with my mother”; he left 5 weeks later “skeletal, incontinent, immobile, incoherent, bewildered, quite lost” and in need of 24-hour care. She does not blame the hospital staff who were respectful and kind an..
#GivingTuesday started in the United States in 2012 as an antidote to the start of the festive shopping season, which kicks off with the Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday shopping online. It is a global social media campaign that has designated 2 December as the day we celebrate and encourage giving in all its forms. It has quickly taken hold across the world with Canada, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Latin America and Israel now all taking part. #GivingTuesday aims to bring together people, companies large and small and charities to celebrate and encourage acts of kindness - from volu..
Research has shown that older people who use the internet regularly are healthier because they are better informed about medical issues. According to the research by University College London, silver surfers have better “health literacy” which means they have the skills both to understand and make use of basic health services and information. Researcher Lindsay Kobayashi of UCL whose research looked at almost 4,500 adults in England aged 52 and older over 5 years said: “Internet use and engagement in various social activities, in particular, cultural activities, appear to help older a..
The Silver Line free 24-hour phone line was set up to support older people one year ago today and in its first year has been inundated with calls, taking 275,000 to November 2014 and 200,000 more than anticipated when the service was launched. The helpline not only provides a helpline to signpost older people to existing services that can help them, but it also provides a means of communication for older people in danger (it has been described as a Childline for older people) and a friendship service to combat loneliness. The charity has found loneliness is the single biggest problem tha..
BBC’s Newsbeat reports how Centenarian Ruby Holt took a trip to the seaside to see the ocean for the first time in her life. Her trip, just weeks before her 101st birthday, shows it is never too late for the experience of a lifetime. Ruby travelled 400 miles (the equivalent distance from London to Glasgow) from her home state of Tennessee to the seashore in Alabama. It was only the second trip she has taken out of state in her lifetime. The trip was instigated by two employees at the assisted living centre where Ruby lives who filled out an application to the US charity Wish of a Lifetim..
It has been well documented that pet ownership has health benefits and many care homes have pets to visit. But the HenPower scheme run by Equal Arts based in the North East has taken this idea further by introducing hen keeping to pensioners as a way of combating isolation, particularly in older men, and increasing health and wellbeing and community links. https://www.equalarts.org.uk/pages/henpower.php The Hensioners not only take care of the hens, including incubating eggs and hatching chicks, they are also encouraged to be creative taking part in other chicken-related activity from th..