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What Is Carers Week?

Carers week, as the name suggests, is a week-long campaign that runs every year to raise awareness for all those caring for families and communities throughout the UK. It gives recognition to the challenges voluntary carers face and helps those that actively carry out caring responsibilities without necessarily knowing it, to identify as being carers and access much needed support.

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Dealing with personal finances can be confusing at the best of times. If a loved one starts to require care, it can be a source of great confusion and often anguish.

The best course of action is to take a proactive approach, rather than a reactive one. This means taking steps to ensure any financial questions that may arise are answered whilst the person in question is able to do so.

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Physical and mental health

A person's physical health is important to not only them but to their loved ones as well. Being in good physical health allows us to enjoy all that life has to offer. Whether that involves exercises like walking, running or swimming, being physically active helps us to feel good.

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Safe Staircases for Elderly

Nick Acaster is Managing Director of Stair Rods Direct. Here, he shares his expertise on how you can make a staircase much safer to prevent your elderly relative from having a nasty trip or fall.

It's natural for elderly people to want to stay and be cared for in their own homes as they get older. Read more...

Foods preventing dementia

We are inundated with information on how diet is the main deal-breaker when it comes to staying healthy.

While physical health is widely-known to be influenced by what we eat, researchers are now pointing out foods that may help prevent cognitive diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

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Vascular dementia

A recent study commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) revealed that stroke survivors are twice as likely to develop dementia later in life. According to the analysis, 8.6% of stroke survivors in the UK are presently living with dementia, with almost three quarters of them being diagnosed with vascular dementia.Read more...

Exercises for people with dementia

Regular physical activity is the most effective way to maintain and improve both an individual's physical and mental health. Keeping physically fit and healthy can drastically reduce people's risk of serious conditions such as diabetes and heart failure. However, when affected by a disease such as dementia, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain keeping active.Read more...

Signs of Alzheimer's

According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are over 850,000 with Alzheimer's disease (DA), and although it mostly affects adults 65 and above, over 42,000 under 65 are affected by Alzheimer's. This means that the average age to get diagnosed is between 40 to 50.

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help a lost or confused stranger.

It's common to find people out in public who are asking for help perhaps for directions, or for change. It's almost a daily occurrence that a stranger will approach you or someone next to you on the street. While it is easy and often the case to ignore these people, especially if you have a busy schedule, you never know what their background could be.

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Games for dementia patients to play

It's important for patients living with dementia to keep an active mind and continue to have a sense of fun. Keeping the patient focused on a task or puzzle for an extended period of time helps them engage and enjoy interactions with carers, family or friends - something they may be missing out on. One of the best ways to maintain these meaningful relationships and to keep an active mind is through playing games.

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