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Dementia-friendly barber: 'They have a big smile when they leave as they feel good about themselves again'

Sue Learner (23-Jun-17)

“There is such a need for dementia-friendly barbers, says Lenny White, who has been making men with dementia feel good about themselves again. Based in County Down, Northern Ireland, he started cutting the.....

UK sees over 90 per cent drop in EU nurses since Brexit

Melissa McAlees (14-Jun-17)

Since the referendum on Brexit last year, the number of nurses from the EU registering to practise in the UK has dropped by 96 per cent. The Health Foundation obtained figures from a Freedom of Information.....

General Election's grey vote: How will care home residents decide?

Angeline Albert (02-Jun-17)

Britain's over 65s have seen promises broken by many governments and some recall better leadership choices stretching back to Winston Churchill - so who gets the grey vote on 8 June? carehome.co.uk door-stepped residents at Shinfield View.....

Cyber security experts to advise care sector at Health+Care Show

Angeline Albert (31-May-17)

IT experts will speak to care providers at London’s Health+Care Show to try to protect staff and patients from the threat of a ‘Computer says No’ effect, triggered by hackers. At the show's ExCel London venue,.....

Manchester bomb attack: Social care student Gina 'always had big hugs for everyone'

Angeline Albert (30-May-17)

Eighteen-year-old Georgina Callander, was one of the 22 people killed in a bomb attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, but she had spent her short life determined not only to meet the US singer but to pursue a career caring.....

Voters with learning difficulties 'last to be listened to but most affected by legislation'

Michaela Mildenhall (26-May-17)

Over a million potential voters with learning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at potential risk of being excluded from the voting process of the upcoming General Election on 8 June 2017......

Growing number of care homes using personalised playlists to reduce use of anti-psychotic drugs

Sue Learner (26-May-17)

A growing number of care homes are creating personalized music playlists after research showed people with dementia who listened to music tailored to their tastes and memories, needed less anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication. The.....

Care home residents who 'accidentally found love' become Britain's oldest newlyweds

Melissa McAlees (24-May-17)

With a combined age of 165, Peter Barratts and Nancy Evans recently tied the knot in their hometown of Chard, Somerset, making them Britain’s oldest newlyweds. The 82-year-old former engineer and his now.....

Ex-soldier with dementia cycles 934 miles in 'fightback' for family

Angeline Albert (15-May-17)

Forty-one-year-old Chris Graham has Alzheimer’s but is wasting no time in cycling the length of Britain to raise money for research into a disease that has killed his father at 42, grandfather at 46, aunt at 38 and cousin at 41. Chris.....

Autistic women diagnosed late in life: Appearing 'normal' on an 'uneven playing field'

Sue Learner (12-May-17)

Many women with Autism are not diagnosed with the condition until they reach middle age, leaving them wondering what is ‘wrong with them’. Boys are still five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism.....

Care home fires: Should residents smoke if it risks lives?

Angeline Albert (03-May-17)

No less than 120 care homes caught fire accidentally in London in 2016, causing London Fire Brigade to change its view last October from recommending smoking take place on premises ‘as safely as possible’ to no smoking at all. So.....

Charity single by autistic teenagers goes viral with 2.7m hits

Michaela Mildenhall (05-Apr-17)

The charity single ‘Let Me Shine’ starring autistic teenagers and the band Low Island, has become an internet sensation with 2.7 million hits on social media sites. Released on 2 April to coincide with World.....

Bedtime is now 'happy time' after Care Workers Charity bought new beds for care worker's children

Sue Learner (04-Apr-17)

The Care Workers Charity, which gives financial support to care workers when they fall on hard times, has stepped in to help a family who couldn’t afford new beds and bedding for their children and newborn baby. Pete.....

Care sector mourns loss of Bhavna Emery-Jones: 'We have lost one of the best'

Sue Learner (03-Apr-17)

The care sector is mourning the loss of Bhavna Emery-Jones, who has died from a brain tumour. Bhavna was diagnosed with glioblastoma in September 2013 and during that time became an ambassador for the Brain.....

'Senile', 'suffering' and 'past it': Challenging negative dementia stereotypes and ageism in the care sector

Ellie Spanswick (03-Apr-17)

‘Demented’, ‘senile’, ‘suffering’ and ‘past it’ are words often used to describe older people and those with dementia. Yet language that is negative and unappealing perpetuates ageism and negative stereotypes about older people and.....

Care workers told: 'I wish the bad people in the world could come here and see what good looks like'

Angeline Albert (28-Mar-17)

The day after London’s terrorist attack in Westminster, care workers across the UK gathered in the heart of the capital to be honoured for their care - despite organisers fearing no one would turn up. They.....

Oldest living man with Down's Syndrome celebrates 77th birthday at care home

Melissa McAlees (28-Mar-17)

A 77-year-old man with Down's syndrome has recently celebrated his birthday at a care home in Yeovil, Somerset. Kenny Cridge was officially named the world’s oldest living man with Down’s Syndrome in 2008 by the Guinness Book of.....

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.....