The Advocacy Checklist is a simple and effective means of ensuring that older people are recognised as the experts on themselves and what best reflects their needs and wants. It’s a clear way of demonstrating that organisations will help older people speak up, and be involved in the decisions about how they are going to best enjoy life as we all age together.
If you or someone you care about is an older person and has links to an organisation and service, look for the Advocacy Checklist logo, so that you know that there are systems in place for that older person to voice their needs and wants in a supported way – no matter what the issue is.
It's the start of Dementia Action week! And this year's theme is diagnosis. This is particularly poignant for me (the author) as my family and I are just on the start of this journey with a much loved family member, who has, over the last year or so begun to have great struggles with short term memory issues.
So for our family, and all the other families who may also be facing this sadness, this week we will be looking at the two main types of dementia, how to spot the signs and symptoms, and what the best courses of action are.
Take a look at this superb video from the wonderful Alzheimer's Society who kindly and carefully kicked off our education.
We suspected it was true - but recent research by the Mental Health Foundation found that one in ten people aged over 65 found that feelings of loneliness made them feel worried or anxious. How very, very sad.🥺
So many people apparently feel cut off from the digital world! We are hoping this isn't you or your loved one if you are reading this page - but what does that say about how we have culturally shifted our energies? Do we put more time and effort into digital friends than "real life" ones?
And we hear all the time about the stress social media can cause - is the advice now more social media? Or have those without it fared better?
It is a real minefield! Tell us your thoughts - how connected do you feel by having a digital presence? How does this compare to friends who don't participate?
Rita has spent most of her life in Scotland but at 17 moved to London to join the Civil Service, on the very morning that Britain declared war in 1939. Rita became a frequent flyer, visiting her son on his journalistic postings abroad, and she continued driving her car well into her 90s. Now, she’s looking forward to more adventures in her second century!
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