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Top ten tips to help relatives with dementia   

Asked to provide the top ten pieces of advice for people living with dementia and their families, live-in carers from a well-respected national caring agency came up with the following list, which is based on their many years of hands-on, …

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Top tips for improving sleep in older people

Sleep patterns change as you age, because the body produces lower levels of growth hormone, which reduces the amount of slow wave or deep sleep people tend to get. With age, we also produce less melatonin, leading people to wake …

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Tax changes and how to manage them

HMRC Enquiry Centres are closing It’s true! HMRC’s enquiry centres are to close during June 2014. So, what do you do if you used to visit one of these centres to deal with your tax affairs? All is not lost! …

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Top ten tips for better health

Drink and drink some more: It’s critical to make sure that your older relative is drinking enough. Older people are particularly susceptible to dehydration, as their sense of thirst diminishes and their kidneys don’t function as efficiently. Try to get them to drink 8 …

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Top Tips to Keep Older Teeth Healthy

The effect of diet on your older relative’s teeth As people age, their diet may change, which can, in turn, affect their dental health. One of the main changes is that people tend to snack and graze throughout the day, …

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Bowel Cancer Research: July Charity

We’re just beginning to understand how important our guts are to our overall wellbeing as individuals. Our intestines contain more nerve endings than our spinal cord and if you ever thought your brain signalled that you were hungry, you’d be …

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Telecare: keeping older people happy at home

What is Telecare?  For lots of people the term ‘Telecare’ is totally foreign and something that takes time researching to understand.  Telecare can be described as a technical device that provides ‘care at a distance’.  Although the devices differ in …

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Easy guide to broadband and cloud

We often hear the terms ‘superfast broadband’ and ‘the cloud’, but what do they actually mean? Read our simple explanation.  What is superfast broadband? The government has defined ‘superfast broadband’ as a broadband connection offering speeds of at least 24Mb. …

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Problems of damp for elderly health

Damp, condensation and mould growth can make have an impact on the health of older people, exacerbating conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, arthritis and rheumatism. In addition, it can affect the elderly’s mental health by increasing levels of depression and …

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Top tips for grandparents

Keep advice to a minimum Having had children yourself, you can use your experience to help your son or daughter but be warned – don’t offer it if you are not asked unless you really feel you need to.  Try not …

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Tell Us Once Service helps bereaved

The loss of a parent is a devastating time in anyone’s life. Regardless of whether it’s anticipated or unexpected, it is a time of great personal upheaval that presents us with challenges and emotions that we can never truly plan …

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What are Personal Independence Payments (PIP)?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) between April 2013 and October 2017. Personal Independence Payment is designed to help towards some of the extra costs you may have because of …

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Stepping in to take care of elderly finances

There could be a multitude of reasons why someone wants you to step in and help with their finances.It could be anything from help with budgeting for everyday expenses such as bills and shopping and other paperwork, to more serious …

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The Silver Line: June Charity

It’s true to say that if you make something simple enough for everyone to use, then they will. Esther Rantzen’s vision to create a “ChildLine for older people” is a simple concept – a free 24 hour helpline, available every …

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