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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.....

'Age is no barrier to a career in care' says UK's oldest care worker

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (15-Feb-17)

The prospect of working past retirement makes some shudder at the thought but loneliness, social isolation and a desire to keep fit and healthy are among many the reasons why more older people are continuing to work well into their.....

Home care agency review ratings now showing in Google search results

Sue Learner, Editor (03-Feb-17)

People looking for a home care agency in Google search results, can now see at a glance, an agency’s rating and how many reviews it has. Looking for a home care agency for a relative or friend can be a.....

Ex-rugby player and body builder says there's 'no job more fun' than a care role

Angeline Albert, News Editor (02-Feb-17)

Getting oiled up and flexing your muscles to compete as a bodybuilder does not compare to a career in the home care sector, says Josh Lekha who explains why being a care co-ordinator is more fun than even a tackle on a rugby field......

Loneliness commission launched in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

A commission to combat loneliness has been launched in memory of the British MP Jo Cox. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has been set up to ask people in 2017 to take action to tackle loneliness in the.....

Not just for women: Men urged to pursue a 'fulfilling and satisfying' career in the care sector

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

It is no secret that the care sector is dominated by women, with men making up just 15.3 per cent of the workforce, according to the last UK census. One of the problems is that with men living longer, more.....

Great-grandmother with dementia achieves lifelong dream of becoming a children's author

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (17-Jan-17)

A great-grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012 has become a published author of two children’s books. Joan Porter, aged 85, who lives in sheltered accommodation in Bearsden, Glasgow,.....

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.....