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Dementia-friendly barber: 'They have a big smile when they leave as they feel good about themselves again'

Sue Learner (23-Jun-17)

“There is such a need for dementia-friendly barbers, says Lenny White, who has been making men with dementia feel good about themselves again. Based in County Down, Northern Ireland, he started cutting the.....

A practical guide to creating a 'dementia-friendly' home

Melissa McAlees (22-Jun-17)

With more than two million people expected to be living with dementia by 2050, a leading home care provider has created a new interactive guide on ‘how to make a dementia friendly home’. The online interactive.....

UK sees over 90 per cent drop in EU nurses since Brexit

Melissa McAlees (14-Jun-17)

Since the referendum on Brexit last year, the number of nurses from the EU registering to practise in the UK has dropped by 96 per cent. The Health Foundation obtained figures from a Freedom of Information.....

Shared Lives care worker: 'Roma is like a well-loved aunt'

Angeline Albert (01-Jun-17)

Family is everything to Teresa Walker. Aged 49, the grandmother of five, lives in her Plymouth home with her husband Kevin as well as Roma, Kerry and Matt, who are not related to her but are treated like family anyway. Teresa.....

Manchester bomb attack: Social care student Gina 'always had big hugs for everyone'

Angeline Albert (30-May-17)

Eighteen-year-old Georgina Callander, was one of the 22 people killed in a bomb attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, but she had spent her short life determined not only to meet the US singer but to pursue a career caring.....

Voters with learning difficulties 'last to be listened to but most affected by legislation'

Michaela Mildenhall (26-May-17)

Over a million potential voters with learning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at potential risk of being excluded from the voting process of the upcoming General Election on 8 June 2017......

Living Paintings 'Touch to See' book group offers crucial lifeline to blind and partially sighted

Michaela Mildenhall (25-May-17)

Living Paintings, a specialist publisher for blind and partially sighted people, is reaching out to combat social isolation and loneliness through a nationwide book group called ‘Touch to See’. The book.....

Ex-soldier with dementia cycles 934 miles in 'fightback' for family

Angeline Albert (15-May-17)

Forty-one-year-old Chris Graham has Alzheimer’s but is wasting no time in cycling the length of Britain to raise money for research into a disease that has killed his father at 42, grandfather at 46, aunt at 38 and cousin at 41. Chris.....

Autistic women diagnosed late in life: Appearing 'normal' on an 'uneven playing field'

Sue Learner (12-May-17)

Many women with Autism are not diagnosed with the condition until they reach middle age, leaving them wondering what is ‘wrong with them’. Boys are still five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism.....

Britain's Got Talent judges in tears after teenager's tribute to grandmother with dementia

Michaela Mildenhall (08-May-17)

Judges from Britain’s Got Talent were moved to tears by an audition from 16-year-old singer Harry Gardner, who sang the song ‘Not Alone’ about his grandmother who recently died from Alzheimer’s. Judge Simon.....

Male care worker who climbed career ladder urges other men to get a care job

Angeline Albert (04-May-17)

Rhys Chandler is urging more men to consider the care sector having risen through the ranks to become a senior care co-ordinator at HomeCare Plus, part of the Nurse Plus Group. Rhys Chandler joined Nurse.....

101-year-old hopes to become world's oldest skydiver

Melissa McAlees (04-May-17)

One of the UK's bravest centenarians is hoping to break the world record for the oldest tandem skydiver. Great-grandfather Bryson William Verdun Hayes, aged 101, tried skydiving for the first-time last year.....

'I thought I was bulletproof' says headteacher diagnosed with Alzheimer's aged 55

Melissa McAlees (03-May-17)

Keith Oliver, a successful and respected head teacher, is one of 42,000 people in the UK living with early onset dementia. On New Year's Eve in 2010, aged just 55, his life was turned upside down when doctors confirmed 'the unknown'. Since.....

'Golden couple' lose their battle to cancer and dementia just weeks apart

Melissa McAlees (02-May-17)

A devoted husband living with dementia spoke for the first time in months to say he missed his wife, after he 'sensed' that she had died. Michael Royce, who had been living with Alzheimer’s disease, died.....

World's fittest OAP, Charles Eugster, who took up sprinting aged 95 has died

Sue Learner (27-Apr-17)

Charles Eugster, who wrote the book ‘Age is just a number’ has died at the age of 97, from complications following heart failure. The retired dental surgeon, who became known as the ‘World’s fittest old age.....

Retired pub landlady says being a home care assistant is the 'most rewarding job in the world'

Ellie Spanswick (05-Apr-17)

Providing home care can be a vocation that people choose early on in their working life, because it’s a role they want to do and it fits with their lifestyle. Chris Fyfe is an exception, as someone who spent.....

Bedtime is now 'happy time' after Care Workers Charity bought new beds for care worker's children

Sue Learner (04-Apr-17)

The Care Workers Charity, which gives financial support to care workers when they fall on hard times, has stepped in to help a family who couldn’t afford new beds and bedding for their children and newborn baby. Pete.....

Wayne Bridge, Judy Murray and Pixie Lott give dementia the red card at charity match

Angeline Albert (04-Apr-17)

Ex-footballer Wayne Bridge joined Andy Murray’s mum to play a charity football match, after singer Pixie Lott persuaded them to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Pixie Lott may have got stars from the.....

Care sector mourns loss of Bhavna Emery-Jones: 'We have lost one of the best'

Sue Learner (03-Apr-17)

The care sector is mourning the loss of Bhavna Emery-Jones, who has died from a brain tumour. Bhavna was diagnosed with glioblastoma in September 2013 and during that time became an ambassador for the Brain.....

'Senile', 'suffering' and 'past it': Challenging negative dementia stereotypes and ageism in the care sector

Ellie Spanswick (03-Apr-17)

‘Demented’, ‘senile’, ‘suffering’ and ‘past it’ are words often used to describe older people and those with dementia. Yet language that is negative and unappealing perpetuates ageism and negative stereotypes about older people and.....