Maintaining Independence – Practical Tips for Older People and their Families

When older people experience a decline in their physical abilities due to illness or an event such as a fall, it can be tricky to help them to maintain their independence and remain in their own home.  Their friends may be in a similar predicament and family members are often trying to juggle jobs and children, so time is in short supply.  Ideally, the precious time that is available should be quality time to enjoy each other’s company rather than a stressful rush to do all the “jobs” which inevitably leads to frayed tempers and, worse case scenario, a failure to cope.

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Getting Flu is not to be sneezed at

The days are getting shorter now and it is already darker in the mornings.  I’ve got my winter woollies out and there is definitely a nip in the air first thing.  Still – the sun is quite bright and getting out in the day time and doing some gentle exercise is good for you, so out I go with the dogs!
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Healthy Ageing – how to keep the spring in your step

It’s funny what we remember about people. My very clear memories of my Granny (who I adored) was the smell of roast lamb, the sound of her sewing machine and of sweet peas. She grew spectacular roses and sweet peas and always seemed to have cut flowers from her garden in vases on a small table that is now in my house. She made clothes for us all and taught me to sew and knit too.
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