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Comments (0) Eating & Drinking Well
For older people, good nutrition and hydration become especially important for maintaining health. Getting enough energy from food is also important to keep up strength and prevent falls, another issue which becomes more dangerous for older people. Without proper hydration, an older person can start to feel light-headed which will increase the risk of a fall.
Comments (0) The Mental Health of Older People
The world’s population is ageing rapidly. Over 20% of adults aged 60 and over live with a mental or neurological disorder and 6.6% of all disability among people over 60 years is attributed to mental and neurological disorders. The most common are depression and dementia. Mental health problems are under-identified by healthcare professionals and older people themselves and the surrounding stigma makes people reluctant to seek help.
Comments (0) Combatting Loneliness
As the nights draw in and the weather worsens, the minds of older people can sometimes turn to the subject of loneliness. Most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives, it can affect anybody from any kind of background. For many of us, particularly those in later life, loneliness can define our lives and have a significant detrimental impact on our wellbeing and our mental and physical health. Loneliness is associated with depression, sleep issues, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, hypertension, psychological stress and mental health problems.
Comments (0) The 6 Essential Exercises for Strength and Balance to Prevent Falls
Six simple exercises performed two or three times a week, or even every day if time permits, will improve co-ordination and balance and help to prevent falls.
Comments (0) The Diagnosis of Dementia
As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we are looking at the steps leading up to a diagnosis and offering some helpful resources for those living with dementia.
Comments (0) How to Correctly Measure for a Walking Stick
Walking sticks provide support and are designed to assist with balance and/or decrease weight on an affected leg. A range of handle styles are available including T-shaped, offset, crook, swan neck and ergonomic (or arthritic) handles, which are designed to provide additional support under the palm.
Comments (0) Falls Awareness Week: 20th - 26th September 2021
What can I do to stop a fall? September 20th to 26th 2021 is Falls Awareness Week and we will be presenting a series of blog articles and social media posts to highlight this, give advice and help with a problem that is never just inevitable.
Comments (0) What is Dementia?
Dementia is a term that refers to progressive conditions which affect the human brain. It damages the nerve cells in the brain so messages can’t be sent effectively which prevents the brain from functioning normally. There are over 200 subtypes and causes of dementia, but the four most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.
Comments (0) Dementia: The Importance of Nutrition and Hydration
For someone with dementia, not eating and drinking may lead to an increased risk of dehydration, urinary tract infection, constipation and weight loss. These are particularly problematic as they can increase confusion and the risks of delirium and sometimes make the symptoms of dementia worse.
Here comes the sun...
Comments (0) Here comes the sun...
With lockdown easing and a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel after a difficult year, the upcoming Bank Holiday presents an ideal opportunity to get outdoors and explore Essex with friends and family...