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79-year-old reveals why he became a care worker in his seventies

Sue Learner (12-Jan-18)

Michael Rose became a home care worker at the age of 71, because he wanted to do "something worthwhile" and "different". Michael spent his working life in the Merchant and Royal Navy and then as an airline.....

Adapting homes of elderly relieves pressure on social care

Angeline Albert (07-Dec-17)

Simple improvements to people’s homes can play a larger role in relieving pressure on social care and cut costs by millions of pounds a year. More than 90 per cent of older people in England live in.....

Ninety-five-year-old bereavement counsellor retires after half a century

Melissa McAlees (04-Dec-17)

A 95-year-old woman who spent three decades volunteering at a bereavement centre, has decided the time has finally come to retire, leaving behind a 50-year legacy of helping people. Helen Lyons, who has spent.....

Beautician pampers elderly and even gives them tips on using Tinder

Angeline Albert (30-Nov-17)

Carla Chappell pampers, primps and chats to older people who live alone at home, giving her own special brand of makeovers, waxes, beauty tips and anything else they want. This includes updates on the latest fashion or trend – as.....

Learning to read at 88: 'I felt I was missing out'

Michaela Chirgwin (23-Nov-17)

Ursula Shepherd has been making national headlines after learning to read at the ripe age of 88, but as she explains to homecare.co.uk, when she was younger there were few opportunities for people who had learning disabilities. Today.....

Desire for immortality: Head freezing and space funerals

Sue Learner (31-Oct-17)

Humans have always hoped for life after death. The difference is that now our desire is becoming more achievable due to huge advances in science. In the past, Egyptian slaves were executed to accompany their.....

Photographer in awe of age-defying athletes reveals 'we're not nearly as fragile as I'd thought'

Melissa McAlees (27-Oct-17)

Photographer and competitive tennis player, Alex Rotas, is on a mission to explore the process of ageing while challenging the negative stereotypes so often portrayed with growing old. The 68-year-old travels.....

What's it like to have autism? 'My senses were under attack'

Angeline Albert (25-Oct-17)

As an autism tourist, I was about to take a trip and enter a new world. This new place, courtesy of a blacked-out van, was immediately unnerving. Visually it felt like the floor was escaping from me. Suddenly vulnerable. Unsteady.....

Schoolteacher leaves classroom behind to help elderly

Melissa McAlees (24-Oct-17)

A former schoolteacher who ‘struggled to fit in’, found his purpose when a move to the care sector enabled him to make a difference to the lives of older people. Rishard Amod, owner of live-in care provider.....

Chris Packham - Asperger's and Me: 'People find me weird which is why I live in a wood'

Sue Learner (18-Oct-17)

Wildlife TV presenter, Chris Packham, has spent 30 years on the TV “trying to act normal”. Now he has decided to bare all in an extremely candid documentary, revealing what it is like living with autism. It.....

'Songaminute Man' with dementia releases debut album for World Alzheimer's Day

Melissa McAlees (21-Sep-17)

Viral singing sensation Teddy Mac, also known as 'The Songaminute Man', releasesd his debut album to mark World Alzheimer’s day and to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. The 81-year-old, who was diagnosed.....

Want to know what it's like to have autism? Try Care Show's 'reality' experience

Angeline Albert (23-Aug-17)

‘Scary’, ‘irritating’, ‘confusing’ and ‘emotional’ are some of the words being bandied about to describe how some have felt after walking into an autism reality experience which will be at the Care Show 2017. Care.....

Two Johns loved a craic and a girl but only the man with dementia remembered

Angeline Albert (09-Aug-17)

John White found himself with time on his hands after his retirement and it was loneliness and a willingness to do something for someone with dementia that reunited him with an old friend from 50 years ago. He.....

'Inspirational' grandmother graduates with a doctorate aged 86

Melissa McAlees (25-Jul-17)

An 86-year-old grandmother has become the oldest student to graduate from the University of Bristol – after leaving school aged 15 with no formal qualifications. After eight years of studying, Peggy Styles,.....

'I feel so proud to have helped thousands of families', says Admiral Nurse

Melissa McAlees (24-Jul-17)

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give expert practical, clinical and emotional support to families living with dementia. Susan Ashcroft-Simpson, from the Manchester Mental Health and Social.....

Davina McCall 'grieves loss' of her 'old Dad' who has dementia, but says 'he's still my Dad'

Sue Learner (19-Jul-17)

TV presenter Davina McCall, has revealed how she “grieves the loss “of her “old Dad” since he got dementia, but says they are “forging a new relationship, a different one, where perhaps he might need me more”. Davina,.....

BBC Three's 'Amazing Human' helps people with dementia to sing again

Melissa McAlees (05-Jul-17)

With his tattoos, leather jacket and goatee, Ric Mason, is in many ways the image of a classic biker. Yet, several times a week he sings to people living with dementia in Bridgend, South Wales, encouraging them to sing and dance along.....

'No late fines' for my readers, says mobile librarian

Michaela Mildenhall (03-Jul-17)

Julia Crichton-Smith, an Exeter Royal Voluntary Service home library volunteer and manager, told homecare.co.uk about her experience of being a volunteer and the impact her work has on older people in the community. What.....

How to spot a scam: Charity issues guidance after 91-year-old loses life savings

Michaela Mildenhall (29-Jun-17)

The charity Independent Age has issued guidance to help protect vulnerable people from being the victims of scammers, after a 91-year-old lost tens of thousands of pounds over a three-year period. Agnes was tricked by scammers.....

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.....