Huge steps are being made in research on cognitive and mobility disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – it’s now thought that exercise can reduce brain ageing by a decade and studies using antibodies to block Alzheimer’s symptoms are well advanced. Both conditions can lead to deterioration in quality of life and have a range of symptoms that can make home life difficult. That said, there's a lot that can be done to make life at home safer and more enjoyable.
Through the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG), local governments provide up to £30,000 per application in England (£36,000 in Wales and £25,000 in Northern Ireland) for a range of home improvements. What you might get from the grant is based on where you live and how much you earn or have saved.