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Managing the Risk of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death among men and women in the UK. However, there are ways you can prevent it by implementing important lifestyle changes, as well as short term actions. At Cera we want to help you live independently, healthily, and happily for as long as possible, so we’ve created… Continue reading

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How Home Care can Help Cancer Patients

Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most difficult moments of a person’s life, having a world-shaking effect on them and their loved-ones. Whilst the ways of managing and fighting the disease has come a long way in the last few years, the symptoms and treatments can still have incredibly… Continue reading

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Five ways to avoid online fraud

According to the Office for National Statistics in 2015 there were almost 6 million fraud and cyber crimes. Avoiding being scammed when going online is difficult at the best of times and now these criminals are targeting older people who are deemed to be less proficient at Internet security. Here are 5 top tips to avoid… Continue reading

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How To Stay Warm This Winter

Winter can be a tough time for many of us. The cold weather leads to higher levels of hospitalisation than at any other point in the year. Illness can be far more dangerous in these colder months; extra hazards such as icy walkways are present and Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as ‘Winter Depression’, is… Continue reading

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You’re Getting Old. Rest And Take Painkillers

This is what Sally, 59 from Balham, was told when she went for a consultation with her GP about her back pain before coming to see me. Getting older is blamed for a lot of medical problems but back pain should not be one of them. If getting older meant that you were inevitably going… Continue reading

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Overcoming Social Stigma Around Disabilities

Often, when talking about those with disabilities, their achievements will be listed alongside words such as: ‘despite’, ‘limited’, ‘defied’, ‘overcame’ and ‘courage’; leading to the idea that having a disability means that one is defined by it. The idea that one can be defined by their disability can be extremely frustrating. While the disability can… Continue reading

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The Importance of Good Nutrition for the Elderly 

Elderly people are at a higher risk of becoming malnourished, due to the increased likelihood of them having pre-existing conditions—such as dementia, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and depression—or as a side effect of medication they are taking. Research conducted by BAPEN between 2007 and 2011 found that, although malnutrition was more common amongst those… Continue reading

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Guide to Private Nursing

Private nurses are registered professionals who are trained and educated to perform a variety of medical procedures. Private nursing is a great option for those who need extra care and medical attention after an accident or due to a long-term condition. Cera has prepared a short guide to explain what private nursing is and how… Continue reading

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How to Navigate Life with a Serious Illness

Getting diagnosed with a serious condition is really difficult, as it doesn’t only impact you physically, but also mentally and in the various roles of your life as a parent, child, colleague, or friend. A serious illness can create some chaos, but it’s important to try and keep your head above water and still live… Continue reading

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Finding balance when caring for your loved ones

When the people we love are afflicted with an illness or hardship, we want to be there for them and care for them as best we can; particularly when that person is somebody close to us such as a parent, sibling or child. Those that sacrificially cared for us when we were younger, sometimes become… Continue reading