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Loneliness: 'Robbing people of the moments that make life meaningful'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Jan-17)

Most people know someone who has experienced loneliness. But loneliness is no longer thought to be just an older person's problem - it affects young people too. In March last year, the Office for National.....

Poetry lets you 'see the person behind the disease' says dementia poet

Charley Walker, News Editor (21-Dec-16)

While creative arts therapy is yet to be proven as an effective treatment for cognitive decline in people with dementia, it has proven benefits for the behavioural and emotional challenges associated with the condition. A.....

Seeing people's faces 'light up' on Christmas Day makes it 'so worthwhile', says home care worker

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Dec-16)

Christmas is a time to spend with family, yet for almost one million older people, it can be the loneliest time of the year. Home care workers up and down the country are preparing to sacrifice spending time with their own families.....

'She was my right hand man' says lonely widower Roy

Angeline Albert, News Editor (05-Dec-16)

In a short film by the charity Age UK, actor James Bolan narrates 83-year-old Roy’s words, telling the audience about the love of his life... his wife. “I remember the first time I saw her. She had a lemon.....

Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies of dementia but much-loved Manuel lives on

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Dec-16)

Best known for being beaten about the head with a frying pan in the 1970s comedy Fawlty Towers, the actor Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the sitcom, has died of vascular dementia at a care home for actors. The.....

What if Santa forgot Christmas? Poignant animation shows dementia doesn't discriminate

Charley Walker, News Editor (16-Nov-16)

What would Christmas be like if Santa had dementia? Alzheimer’s Research UK has joined forces with Aardman Animations to show that dementia doesn't discriminate in a moving animation called ‘Santa Forgot’. Narrated.....

Positive Spin: Enabling people with dementia to feel 'free and happy' by cycling

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Nov-16)

Positive Spin has a range of all-ability trikes as well as regular bikes, with the aim of Cycle Training UK's project to offer a fun and sociable activity that has the potential to enhance health and well-being in people living with.....

Virtual reality helps transport Chelsea Pensioner back to town he liberated in WWII

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (11-Nov-16)

A Chelsea Pensioner has become the first World War Two veteran to use Virtual Reality to revisit a town that he helped liberate 72 years ago. The virtual reality video was specially created for 91-year-old.....

Home care trainer: 'Advance care planning vital for delivering best possible end-of-life care'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (02-Nov-16)

Michael Beresford is a learning and development manager and head of the SweetTree Home Care Services Training Academy. He works with all services at SweetTree, identifying the training needs and ensuring that all team members are.....

99-year-old Auschwitz survivor is Britain's oldest Poppy Appeal volunteer

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (02-Nov-16)

For over 35 years, 99-year-old Ron Jones has been a poppy collector for the Bassaleg and Rhiwderin branch of the Royal British Legion, and is now believed to be the oldest collecting in Britain. The veteran.....

Depression in older people is not a 'normal part of ageing'

Charley Walker, News Editor (02-Nov-16)

Earlier this year, a landmark NHS report, revealed shocking statistics – that four in 10 people in care homes and one in five older people living in their own homes are depressed. Older women were found to.....

Yoga-loving centenarian says '105 isn't old - it's just a number'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Oct-16)

These are the words of Eileen Ash, who turned 105 years-old on Sunday 30 October, and is testament to the notion that 'you’re never too old' for anything. With a back as straight as a snooker cue, Eileen.....

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: 'My mum saw faceless people' and had 'terrifying hallucinations' says Telegraph columnist

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Sep-16)

Telegraph columnist Judith Potts is calling on care and health professionals to be on the lookout for older people suffering from “clear and vivid hallucinations” in a bid to boost awareness of the frightening and debilitating condition.....

A day in the life of a befriender: 'Seeing a smile on their face brings comfort to me'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (29-Sep-16)

Jenny Chapman has 17 years of professional experience caring for people with mental and physical disabilities, older people, those who are frail and those living with health conditions such as dementia. She.....

'Injecting my grandmother with morphine prepared me for social care'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Sep-16)

A Lithuanian woman who beat thousands of carers to become a home care firm's ‘Carer of the Year’, says looking after her ill grandmother at home gave her the confidence to work in social care. At the age.....

How funny is dementia? Comedian David Baddiel sees humour in his dad's condition

Angeline Albert, News Editor (13-Sep-16)

‘My Family - Not the sitcom’ is a hugely ‘disrespectful celebration’ of the lives of comic David Baddiel’s father Colin, who has a rare form of dementia, and his late mother Sarah. 'Calling.....

Travel charity 'rekindles interest in life' for people with disabilities

Sue Learner, Editor (09-Sep-16)

Going on holiday is something most people take for granted. Yet for those with disabilities or people who are very ill, a trip to the shops isn’t easy, so a holiday abroad can be a logistical nightmare. There.....

Ex-Butlins Redcoat becomes unlikely 'Carpool Karaoke' star raising £100k for Alzheimer’s Society

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (09-Sep-16)

An 80-year-old man with dementia has become a viral sensation after his son posted a video of them singing together in the car. Ted McDermott and his son Simon have raised more than £100,000 for Alzheimer’s.....

'Home care is about more than personal care' says specialist dementia nurse

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (07-Sep-16)

Rikki Lorenti is an Admiral nurse at SweetTree Home Care Services, He is part of their specialist dementia care team and has more than 30 years’ experience working with people with mental health problems, specifically older people and those with.....

Being one of CQC’s Experts by Experience 'tugs at the heartstrings' and plays 'crucial role in raising standards'

Sue Learner, Editor (07-Sep-16)

Being an Expert by Experience for the Care Quality Commission enables care home residents and their families to have a voice and play a ‘crucial role in raising standards’. Experts by Experience are people.....