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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.....

Toilet humour far from funny for people with dementia

Charley Walker (24-Mar-17)

Comedian Michael McIntyre’s joke about “doing tai chi” in public toilets to activate motion sensor taps is funny to most of us, but for people living with dementia this kind of non-traditional method can be a source of serious anxiety.....

Daughters pay heartfelt Mother's Day tribute to mum who lost husband 'piece by piece' to Alzheimer's

Melissa McAlees (24-Mar-17)

This Mother’s Day, Liz Ayre was treated to a luxury afternoon tea by her daughters Ciana, aged 21, and Chrissi, 19. To this close-knit family, Mother’s Day is very important. After losing their father Mike.....

Boxing helps those with Parkinson's fight back against the disease

Melissa McAlees (15-Mar-17)

Pamela is not your average 65-year-old. Once a week she takes part in a specialised boxing class tailored to those living with Parkinson’s disease. She was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition.....

Home care workers get rave review from journalist for 'best care' he's had in 30 years

Angeline Albert, News Editor (01-Mar-17)

Far from being a thankless task, carers at the home care firm Heritage Healthcare (Ealing & Richmond) have been congratulated by a journalist for giving him the best care he’s received in more than 30 years of using home care services......

'Invisible' older LGBT community facing social isolation and discrimination

Charley Walker, News Editor (27-Feb-17)

For many people, growing old can be a daunting prospect, with loss of mobility and general frailties meaning that extra help and support might be needed for day to day tasks. Some may feel that this leads to a loss of dignity and.....

Suicide and dementia: 'I possibly don't fear dementia like some people do, because I'm prepared for it'

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Feb-17)

Dementia expert, Professor June Andrews, has revealed that she doesn’t fear dementia, despite knowing that if she lives to 90, she will have 50 per cent chance of getting the disease. There are around 850,000.....

A 'Dessie-shaped' hole in her heart drives Esther Rantzen's work for lonely, older people

Angeline Albert, News Editor (22-Feb-17)

Broadcaster Dame Esther Rantzen’s husband Desmond Wilcox died of a heart attack in 2000, but 17 years on, the 76-year-old says her cure for loneliness is keeping busy to stop older people feeling alone. “It’s.....