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Toilet humour far from funny for people with dementia

Charley Walker (24-Mar-17)

Comedian Michael McIntyre’s joke about “doing tai chi” in public toilets to activate motion sensor taps is funny to most of us, but for people living with dementia this kind of non-traditional method can be a source of serious anxiety.....

Boxing helps those with Parkinson's fight back against the disease

Melissa McAlees (15-Mar-17)

Pamela is not your average 65-year-old. Once a week she takes part in a specialised boxing class tailored to those living with Parkinson’s disease. She was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition.....

'Real passion' is key to working with people with Autism', reveals top therapist

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Mar-17)

Tiago Pinto, clinical psychologist and head of therapies at Tracscare’s Milton Park Campus in Bedford, the UK’s first purpose built hospital for people with Autism, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Outstanding Healthcare.....

Thousands of animals are put down every year when their owners move to a care home

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Mar-17)

Going into a care home can be extremely hard and for some it means leaving a home where they have lived all their lives and saying goodbye forever to their beloved pet, who has become their closest companion. Thousands.....

Care home resident paddles in the sea and has an adventure on the underground

Charley Walker, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

It has been decades since care home resident Joan, paddled in the sea and went on the London Underground. However since she moved to Anchor's West Hall care home, "she has done so much more than she ever did when she lived on her.....

How to achieve CQC's 'Outstanding' award: 'Don't be afraid to get things wrong'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Feb-17)

"Achieving an 'Outstanding' rating isn’t a tick box exercise and there’s no magic formula, it’s about the people and bringing passion to the care you deliver," says Christine Asbury, the chief executive of WCS Care Group Ltd, the first care.....

'Invisible' older LGBT community facing social isolation and discrimination

Charley Walker, News Editor (27-Feb-17)

For many people, growing old can be a daunting prospect, with loss of mobility and general frailties meaning that extra help and support might be needed for day to day tasks. Some may feel that this leads to a loss of dignity and.....

Suicide and dementia: 'I possibly don't fear dementia like some people do, because I'm prepared for it'

Sue Learner, Editor (23-Feb-17)

Dementia expert, Professor June Andrews, has revealed that she doesn’t fear dementia, despite knowing that if she lives to 90, she will have 50 per cent chance of getting the disease. There are around 850,000.....

Love in the time of dementia: Couple still express their love but struggle to remember each other

Angeline Albert, News Editor (14-Feb-17)

Husband Chris Warren, aged 72, and his wife Hilary Warren, 69, continue to demonstrate their love for each other - 50 years after marrying - despite being diagnosed with dementia. The couple share a room.....

'Pottery is my sanctuary, it keeps the little grey cells going' says care home resident

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (01-Feb-17)

“Clay is a great tool to communicate and be expressive with,” says Emily Hall, a pottery teacher at Nightingale Hammerson, an independent charity which provides holistic care to older people and those living with dementia. “As.....

Welsh ladies' choir wins Care Home Idol 2016

Sue Learner, Editor (01-Feb-17)

A Welsh ladies' choir have won Care Home Idol 2016 with their rendition of ‘Any Dream Will Do’. This is the fourth year of the competition run by carehome.co.uk, which is designed to showcase the talent.....

Loneliness commission launched in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox

Angeline Albert, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

A commission to combat loneliness has been launched in memory of the British MP Jo Cox. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has been set up to ask people in 2017 to take action to tackle loneliness in the.....

Yoga projects help care home residents with dementia 'experience calm'

Charley Walker, News Editor (31-Jan-17)

Yoga is a popular care home activity, improving both physical and mental wellbeing in residents and reducing agitation and anxiety. This is particularly apparent in people living with dementia, as yoga instructor Tania Plahay discovered.....

Care home review ratings now showing in Google search results

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Jan-17)

People searching for a care home in Google search results, can now see at a glance, a care home’s rating and how many reviews it has. Looking for a care home for a relative or a friend can be an arduous.....

Not just for women: Men urged to pursue a 'fulfilling and satisfying' career in the care sector

Charley Walker, News Editor (27-Jan-17)

It is no secret that the care sector is dominated by women, with men making up just 15.3 per cent of the workforce, according to the last UK census. One of the problems is that with men living longer, more.....

Alzheimer's at 30: Mum's heartbreak as bedbound daughter cannot speak or recognise her

Angeline Albert, News Editor (06-Jan-17)

“It breaks my heart” says the mother of Carla Bramall who is bedbound in a care home, unable to make eye contact or recognise her family because of a rare form of Alzheimer’s. “Watching my own child.....

Loneliness: 'Robbing people of the moments that make life meaningful'

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (04-Jan-17)

Most people know someone who has experienced loneliness. But loneliness is no longer thought to be just an older person's problem - it affects young people too. In March last year, the Office for National.....

Taking part in academic research empowers residents with dementia and 'gives them a sense of purpose'

Charley Walker, News Editor (22-Dec-16)

The role of dementia research and how it is borne out in reality can be a contentious issue, with some experts believing that it does little to benefit people currently living with dementia. But participating in projects can actually.....

Dramatherapist recalls 'precious moment' of laughter with autistic man

Charley Walker, News Editor (21-Dec-16)

Dramatherapy has many benefits for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Although sessions tend to be client-led, they are highly structured which supports people with ASD. The intensive interaction side of dramatherapy is.....

Interactive dementia game creates 'goosebump moments'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (14-Dec-16)

Meaningful activity has huge benefits for residents living with dementia and should be integral to daily care home life. Yet if the individual is not engaged in some way, they can experience anxiety, aggression, agitation or apathy. Around.....