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Charity Vegetarian for Life, which supports older vegans and vegetarians, has put together some tips on preparing as best you can, and how you might still keep in touch with others, during this challenging period.
Stereotyping people in later life and treating all over-65s as a single group could be damaging their physical and mental health, according to a report from national older people’s charity, Independent Age.
A Wakefield company which designs and manufactures foam mattresses is helping the NHS meet the urgent need for thousands of extra beds by dedicating all production to its healthcare division and mobilising its entire workforce which is working 24 hours a day to meet demand.
This week marks the first National Intergenerational Week, running from 23 March to 29 March.
To celebrate the week, Royal Star & Garter, which provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, had planned to hold a number of activities in its Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe. However, the Coronavirus outbreak has meant these plans have been paused.
But that did not stop one school pupil from bringing joy to residents in Surbiton. Jemima has been coming into the Home every Friday to play the piano for residents as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. She also takes requests from residents, often learning the songs ahead of her next visit.
However, she has not been able to come into the Home following the charity’s decision to limit visitors. Undeterred, Jemima decided to record a video of a resident’s favourite song to put a smile on his face.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paula Beaney, Quality Assurance Director at live-in care provider, Promedica24, has issued the following statement:
Claridge Place, a care home in Warwick Road, Solihull, are keeping residents busy during the Coronavirus lock down, with one particular initiative that hopes to bring new, intergenerational community connections.
Due to Coronavirus infection prevention measures, visits to Claridge Place, operated by Sanders Senior Living, are currently postponed, but the professional care and wellbeing team have constructed an exciting plan, supported by Tudor Grange Academy Solihull, with great anticipation felt by residents.
Claridge Place Director, Peta Mandleberg, thought it’d be great to approach a school to connect with to help reduce loneliness and isolation at this time. Peta approached Tudor Grange Academy Solihull (where her step daughter happens to work) with the idea and they confirmed immediately that they were keen to support the initiative as it links directly to the Academy's values, which include Kindness and Empathy. A small group of students enthusiastically agreed to write letters to the elderly residents of the home.
Sarcopenia is a progressive and generalised skeletal muscle disorder, characterised by low muscle strength, low muscle quality or quantity, and low physical performance.
Common signs and symptoms of sarcopenia include (1):
● Falls and fractures
● Slow walking speed
● Generalised weakness
● Weight loss/muscle wasting
● Functional decline
● Cognitive impairment
Sarcopenia which is largely attributable to ageing is known as primary sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is considered ‘secondary’ when other causes (e.g. malignancy or malnutrition) are implicated.
A new set of strength and balance graphics that can be used in any health and social care setting has been created by national walking charity Paths for All.
Adequate hydration is essential to maintaining good health.
Most adults are able to monitor and respond to their hydration needs. However, this becomes more difficult as we get older, meaning elderly people are more susceptible to becoming dehydrated.
In this blog post, we’ll look at ways to help older people to meet their hydration needs.
Why are older people at risk of dehydration?
Water makes up a large proportion of our bodies. You can read more about hydration needs in different age groups here.
Up to 20% of older adults are dehydrated, especially those in long-term care establishments. As we get older, our ability to sense thirst decreases. Poor mobility, cognitive decline, and physical ailments (including problems with swallowing) are also potential barriers for staying hydrated.
Local Married Couple Give Insight Into Volunteering at Gracewell of Bookham Care Home
Volunteering is both admirable and rewarding, and at care homes such as Gracewell of Bookham, the volunteers are a friendly face and helping hand for residents and the staff.
Anne and David Funnell have been volunteers at Gracewell of Bookham for over two years. In this time, they have really got to know all the residents and their families as they have organised and assisted with fun activities.
The most effective care organisations take a truly holistic approach to healthcare, encompassing both mental and physical health. From our earliest years to later life, both must be looked after by people who care for us.
Mental health in young people is an important subject and it’s well documented that social media has a big part to play - but rising social media use in young people is not the only trend that concerns mental health.
At the other end of the spectrum, older age has its own obstacles.
Aqualease have been providing aquariums within the health care arena since 2003. Including GP surgeries, dentists, residential care homes and mental health and wellbeing sites. All aquariums are expertly installed and maintained by our technicians, incorporating colour schemes, logo’s and attention to detail to create a real ‘wow’ factor to your establishment.
Aquariums are known for their calming and therapeutic effects. Researchers from the National Marine Aquarium Plymouth University and the University of Exeter discovered that watching fish swim, improved mood and kept people’s attention for longer.
"We don’t celebrate maturity, we don’t celebrate wisdom," commented actress Kirsten Scott Thomas (almost 60) recently in an interview with The Telegraph Magazine – but that’s exactly what happens at Castle View, the new retirement village that has opened recently in Windsor.
“Our approach is to treat everyone as an individual – be they single or part of a couple,” says Robin Hughes, CEO of Castle View and the man responsible for designing and building the new independent retirement village. Residents at Castle View purchase their own homes where there are 64 apartments starting in price from £375,000.