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Activities That Improve the Mental Fitness of the Elderly

One of the most difficult aspects of caring for an elderly relative can be witnessing changes and declines in their mental fitness. This doesn’t have to be inevitable, however. Regular mental, physical, and social stimulation can help elderly loved ones to stay focused and mentally sharp for longer, ensuring that they can continue to enjoy… Continue reading

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What healthy eating plans should my elderly parents be following?

Eating a healthy diet is important at all life stages, but particularly as we get older. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), most of the diseases people suffer in older age, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, are caused by poor diet. A healthy eating plan, combined with exercise, can help an… Continue reading

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How do I arrange home care?

If a loved one, or someone close to you, is still in their own home, but has begun to struggle with daily tasks, or is suffering from poor health, it may be time to consider their options for care. For many people, their first thought of care is to move their family member to a… Continue reading

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How do I broach the subject of care with my elderly parents?

Broaching the subject of care with your parents will likely not be an easy conversation. Emotions can run high on both sides. They may resent the implication that they can no longer take care of themselves and may feel affronted or ashamed. You might feel guilty that you can’t provide the care that they need.… Continue reading

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Holidays: Considerations When Taking Elderly Relatives

What do I need to think about when taking an elderly relative on holiday? Deciding to take an elderly relative on holiday may sound daunting. Their level of mobility and their care requirements will pose limitations on where you can go and what type of holiday you can have. But with the right preparation and… Continue reading

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The problem of delayed discharge in the UK

Delayed discharges, or bed blocking as its more commonly known, is when hospital beds are taken up because there is nowhere for patients to go. It is a significant problem in the UK. It causes issues for the patient, as staying in the hospital often is not the best place for them to receive ongoing… Continue reading

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How to help a loved one who is lonely

Loneliness is a huge problem for older people all over the UK. Unfortunately in January, this can often be heightened. Christmas is a social time for families, with many elderly people getting so much enjoyment from this time with loved ones. Often this can tail off in the New Year, bringing increased feelings of loneliness… Continue reading