Any of us can have a clumsy moment and take a tumble, but as we age the health issues that we may face can make it much easier to fall, and the consequences can be much more serious. The NHS reported that around 1 in 3 adults over 65 are vulnerable to falls, and while there is a great amount that we can do to address the risks and causes of these incidents, sometimes we may find that our elderly loved one doesn’t tell us when something happens because they don’t want to be a burden, or are afraid that signs they are struggling may lead to a loss of their independence. For this reason, it is worth discussing falls with our loved one to put…

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It’s a recognised fact that consciously exercising your brain can help you to remain mentally sharp, increase your focus and concentration, give you far faster thinking and reaction times, boost your motivation and productivity and sharpen your vision and hearing. However, an even greater bonus could be the fact that regularly performing memory exercises can help to protect you against future memory loss and cognitive decline. When the brain is passive it tends to atrophy and this is far more likely to occur if you occupy all of your leisure time in a sedentary or passive manner. There may be all manner of brain games available either to buy or download, however, many experts suggest that too much time spent using electronics is detrimental to our…

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“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old; you grow old when you stop laughing.”  ― George Bernard Shaw The key to ageing gracefully is not only to accept the changes that life has wrought but also to embrace them. Whatever your age, life has much to offer if you take the time to look around you and enjoy every experience. If you are not entirely sure how to achieve this philosophy why not take a look at the following ideas.   Positive Mental Attitude Negativity is ageing: Think positively about both your own attributes and those of the people around you. If you have nothing good to say, say nothing. Don’t let other people’s negativity affect your mindset. Never agree with others just to please them…

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There are plenty of things you can do you keep yourself healthy, active and using your little grey cells. Many of us find that as we age it is very difficult to avoid the natural wane of our brain function but nonetheless, it is sure to help if you do as much as possible to ensure that you retain as many faculties as possible for as long as possible. In our previous blog on the same subject we shared five important tips on maintaining and improving your memory. Read on for five more!  Reduce your stress levels Stress is bad for your brain: Over time, chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories…

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We know that our memory can gradually wane as we head into our senior years. For many people, this loss begins with the odd moment of forgetfulness. However, these can soon develop into more frustrating and upsetting episodes of significant memory loss which can have a serious effect on our quality of life. There is much evidence to suggest that our lifestyle choices and how much we exercise our brain can have a major influence on the level at which we maintain our cognitive skills. With this in mind, we have put together a short list of ways in which to care for our memory. Below we share five crucial points that will help to maintain and boost your memory… Take care of your health If…

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Even minor hearing loss can have a huge impact on normal life to the extent that many sufferers become withdrawn and isolated. A slight change in hearing levels can affect the ability to participate in conversation leaving the sufferer struggling to communicate effectively with others. Equally, being unable to hear traffic noise, reversing alarms or even pedestrian crossings could put a person in direct danger. The level of hearing loss can be relatively mild and only restricted to the high pitched sounds but on the other end of the scale, the loss could be significant enough that understanding speech is impossible without the use of a hearing aid. For anyone with a substantial hearing loss, their ability to communicate is directly related to their responses with…

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Most doctors will tell you that high cholesterol is very bad for you; it clogs your arteries and eventually may lead to heart disease or stroke. What they don’t always tell you is that there are two types of cholesterol: LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (High-density lipoprotein). LDL is usually referred to as ‘Bad’ cholesterol. It can build up on the walls of your blood vessels (plaque) narrowing them and blocking blood flow to and from the heart and other organs, hence causing heart disease or stroke. Conversely high levels of HDL cholesterol can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke! HDL absorbs cholesterol and carries it back to the liver. The liver then flushes it from the body. As we age we are far…

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Although caring for someone, particularly if it’s someone you love and respect, is a very rewarding experience it can also be extremely demanding. Whether you are caring for your own parent(s), a partner or anyone else, you are probably already struggling with the pressure. Many carers are literally on call for their charge 24/7 which means that regular breaks from the responsibility are an absolute necessity. If you are a carer, taking regular breaks will help you to avoid burnout which can manifest in a number of ways, and could leave you feeling exhausted, ill, depressed, guilty or even angry. No one should try to be a super-hero because taking care of yourself first is crucial; you will struggle to care for someone else if you…

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At some point or another many of us will have experienced lower back pain! There are many reasons why; something as simple as lifting a heavy object in the wrong way can cause excruciating pain which lingers for weeks or it could be that you are suffering from a degenerative condition, like arthritis. Irrespective of how or why you are suffering lower back pain, once you have the problem it can be difficult to get rid of. Whilst currently there is no absolute and certain cure in most instances there are, fortunately, a few simple ways to both alleviate and then avoid a repetition of the pain. SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE If your back pain is the result of a sudden injury never try to treat it…

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Most of us find it difficult to sleep at some point in our lives and for a variety of reasons. We may work irregular shifts which can mess with our sleep patterns or we may have a few underlying worries which suddenly turn into gigantic issues once we try to rest. Plus, our sleep patterns change as we get older; perhaps less mobility or lack of mental stimulation is making us less tired at night. Whatever the reason for the problem, either getting to sleep or remaining so can become increasingly problematic. The more we worry because we can’t sleep the harder it becomes to find a way to switch off and relax. Whilst we have to recognise that, for some people, insomnia will remain a…

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Can you imagine suddenly suffering from something that feels very much like a particularly extreme panic attack?   Unfortunately, a Ménière’s attack can occur in exactly that way with no warning and, until diagnosis, no way of knowing what on earth has hit you! So what exactly is Ménière’s Disease Ménière’s Disease is a chronic degenerative disorder of the inner ear. The symptoms usually strike suddenly at random and manifest as attacks which can last anything from a few minutes up to as long as 24 hours and every single person’s experience is different. Nobody seems to know what actually causes it and there is currently no known cure. Medication provides very limited long-term relief and surgery, although a cure for vertigo, usually results in permanent deafness….

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As we get older our bones are likely to be much more fragile than they were when we were in our prime. Unfortunately, having weaker bones in our lower limbs can often seriously affect our ability to keep ourselves upright on our legs, making us far less steady. This coupled with the fact that our sense of balance and eyesight often deteriorates, means we are much more likely to take a tumble in our senior years. Add the weakened bones back into the mix and falls can leave us on the floor, sometimes with an injury to boot, and with no real way of knowing how to get back up on our own. It makes good sense to learn how to get ourselves back into some…

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Unfortunately, coronary heart disease (CHD) is the biggest killer in the UK, with around 73,000 deaths per year according to nhs.uk. CHD basically refers to the narrowing or blocking of your arteries which supply the blood to the heart and is caused by a gradual build-up of fatty deposits inside your arteries. Certain people will be more at risk of developing the disease than others: If you have a family history of heart disease – for example, if a parent or a sibling had CHD or a stroke (Under 65 for women or under 55 for men). Age-related – the likelihood of CHD increases as you grow older Men are more prone to developing CHD at an earlier age than women Given these factors, it would…

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Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is one of the keys to remaining fit and many of the delicious foods we eat can actually help to strengthen your immune system! If you are hoping to avoid a bout of the flu or an early summer cold now that the warmer weather is on its way, you could actually up your intake of the following foods to boost your immunity and hopefully avoid some of the nasty bugs which always seem to hang around at this time of the year… Citrus fruits – Vitamin C is thought to help with the production of white blood cells, which are the key to fighting infection. Your body cannot produce or store Vitamin C, so a daily orange, grapefruit or…

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“How can I help an elderly friend or family member after a hip fracture?” This is a question that is often asked. How can I help my Nan to move without causing her pain? Is it safe for my Dad to have a bath?, The toilet seat is so low, is there anything I could buy that would raise it?, What about exercise, is it safe and will it help the hip to heal?, I’m worried my Granddad will fall again, what can I do to try and prevent this from happening? These are all valid questions along with many more… How long could it take to recover from a hip fracture? As you get older, the risk of breaking a bone is greater, because you…

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The winter months can be challenging for all of us, but it is particularly important for the older generations to ensure they take good care of themselves over this season when they can be more vulnerable to illness and injury. These tips will help to ensure strong immune systems and sensible precautions as the icy season draws in. Take Extra Care To Eat A Varied Diet In the wintertime, our immune system needs extra support to ward off any of the nasty colds or flu that are going around. Eating a wide and varied diet including fresh fruits and vegetables is crucial, despite the temptation to avoid going out to buy groceries! Try eating nuts, beans or red meat for Zinc, dark leafy greens for Iron,…

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Back in May 2013, hoarding disorder was finally recognised as a medical diagnosis, however although compulsive hoarding is now taken seriously as a medical condition, it is still very tricky to define, diagnose and treat. What Exactly Is Hoarding Disorder? Hoarding is a habit, which involves the accumulation of an excessive amount of items that are stored chaotically and haphazardly. Hoarding disorder can often cause severe access difficulties in the hoarder’s home due to clutter being stored throughout all living spaces, making areas difficult to access and use for their designated function; (such as being able to cook in a kitchen free of hazards). People who suffer from compulsive hoarding will often have difficulty parting with items and throwing away items, due to an illogical desire…

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Drinking alcohol is a widely accepted way for adults to socialise with one another, however for many, a relaxed attitude towards consumption leads to an issue with alcohol and the possibility of various associated health conditions. Alcohol is the third biggest lifestyle risk factor for death and disease in the UK, after smoking and obesity. The list below details some of the conditions and health issues that can be caused by alcohol misuse: Atrial Fibrillation We rely on the liver to produce the materials needed by the body to form blood clots; however, when we drink in excess the liver is unable to perform this role efficiently. Atrial Fibrillation can be triggered by alcohol and when this happens, we increase the risk of suffering a stroke…

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In Western societies, many aging adults struggle to retain their sense of purpose and the knock on effect of this on their health and wellbeing is frightening. Our roles shift as we reach different points in our lives and for some older adults, once their career is behind them and their children have left home, a lack of meaningful roles to focus on can lead to great dissatisfaction and sadness… Aging Healthily Our health and wellness is so closely intertwined with our sense of purpose throughout our lifetime. With things to look forward to, and to work towards, and the knowledge that we are needed, we are automatically predisposed to being happier and healthier individuals. Studies exploring this topic have reinforced this message, with results demonstrating…

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Have you ever considered how you would do things differently if you were able to rewind the clock? It is incredible how vastly our priorities and perceptions can change as we progress and grow on this journey through life… What advice would you give your younger self now that you are older and wiser? The advice that I would probably give to my younger self is an ever-changing work in progress, however currently it looks something like this… #01 Step Out Of The Fast Lane In our youth we have a tendency to live in the fast lane, sprinting through each element of our lives and tackling everything as if there is no tomorrow. However, the danger with rushing through everything and burning the candle at…

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