Dementia in its various forms – Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia – is one of those conditions we all hope won’t affect ourselves or our loved ones.
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.
Does the word fill you with dread and loathing?
Are you a ‘technophobe’?
Or do you love all the gadgets and gizmos out there?
Most people probably fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, perhaps a little cautious to adopt new technology but nevertheless recognising the advantages!
As we push through into Autumn, the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness (or damp and cold if you are feeling less charitable) it may seem a strange time to start thinking about education. After all, the school and Universities have been back for a while now…and in any case you’re too old to learn something new - aren’t you?
There was a time that losing money meant simply misplacing your purse or wallet – or falling victim to a pick pocket or burglar.
Then everyone began to use banks to ‘keep their hard-earnt money safe’ and for many years, banks, building societies and even the post office WERE safe repositories for our cash.
Then came the advent of credit and debit cards and internet banking.
Suddenly we could access our cash whenever we wanted to AND use cards to pay for a multitude of things online.
New problems began…
As we age it can become all too easy to fall into the habit of slumping in our favourite chair in front of the telly…
It’s easy. It’s familiar. We don’t have to think about it.
BUT…that sort of inactivity of both brain and body simply isn’t good for us. Have you ever seen someone retire as a physically fit individual and then seem to almost ‘shrink’ into retirement?
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.
Are holidays important?
What do holidays mean to you if you are retired? They are no longer a way to avoid the rigours of work for a few weeks each year – those glorious intermissions in your working lives – but they are still needed…
Everyone needs a change of scenery every now and again, a change is ‘as good as rest’ – or so they say. This applies equally to those who have retired as it does to someone in employment.
You would have to have been completely cut off from TV, radio and social media since June 2016 not to be aware of the fiasco that Brexit has become. Amidst all the arguing, claim and counter claim, how many of us really have a grasp on how the UK’s proposed departure from the EU could affect us as individuals?
Now we’re not claiming that we have any of the answers here at SCCCC but we have been scouring the internet and have put together this article to try and address the issues – both WHY the vote was so close 2016 and HOW leaving could affect you…
Easter, being one of the most important times in the Christian calender, seems an appropriate time to reflect on our history as we were founded by a partnership of churches in Sheffield.
SCCCC was established in 1966. Our original name was Sheffield Churches Committe for Community Care.