Would it surprise you to know that people between the ages of 25 and 34 are actually the LEAST likely to have offered their services as a volunteer? >.
Is it just us, or does Christmas seem to start earlier and earlier with every passing year?
As soon as the gaudy Halloween decorations come down, it feels like the Christmas ones go up and the never-ending adverts peddling ‘all you need for a perfect Christmas’ appear on the telly.
Well June may not have been the sunniest or warmest of months for most of us but, now we are into July we should (hopefully) see some pleasant summers days.
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, the ‘experts’ bombard us with messages telling us to drink more water – often litres a day – and this is even more important for the older person, especially during warmer weather.
It is now March, we are officially in spring. The days are getting longer and (hopefully) the temperatures will improve, and we will soon see some sunshine.
January has traditionally been the time of year that we all make resolutions to get fitter, healthier and more active. However, the dreary cold at the beginning of the year is not really conducive to eating salads and starting a new exercise routine. Hardly surprising then that most of us, despite our good intentions, will have well and truly fallen off the wagon within a very few weeks.
Christmas has been and gone, the decorations are packed away for another year and the New Year's Eve parties are fading into memory.....
Yes it's January, the month we count the cost of the festivities and make resolutions (which we probably won't keep!).
January, February and even March are also usually the coldest months in the UK- remember the 'Beast from the East'? In this article we are going to address the winter pressures which affect us all, but particularly older people in our communities, at this time of year.
December is here and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (although it seems to have been the season of goodwill in the shops since October!) For most of us this means a frantic few weeks of Christmas shopping and parties before the big day itself, when we sit down with our families and friends to over indulge in a slap up meal.
Caring for older people
The realisation that your loved one (or perhaps yourself) is no longer able to live independently is painful. The person who was once able to look after themselves and others now needs care themselves. Finding the right type of support for you or your loved one (daily help in the current home: live in carer: care home) can feel really difficult. The information is often confused, contradictory and hard to find, and negotiating legalities and finances is the last thing most of us feel able to do when faced with such a life changing event.