This week the nation teeters on the brink of choosing to serve God or Mammon. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for funding social care properly is to raise national insurance contributions or taxes. But he is opposed by Cabinet members who say it is morally wrong to raise taxes. Is it morally right to refuse help to thousands of disabled adults, or frail elderly? Are we serving Mammon or Grace?
New research shows that a friend who listens and using technology to stay in touch increases brain volume, improves cognition by ‘4-years worth’, and staves off dementia.
When social isolation was introduced and residents in our care homes couldn’t have visits from their families and friends our carers were swift to bring
Good news doesn’t sell newspapers, which is why news about Covid is often presented in a scary way.
The risk of getting dementia increases with age, but new data shows that 80 year-olds who exercise have less risk than younger, sedentary adults.
After being paralysed and unable to speak for 18 years, with the aid of a brain implant ‘Pancho’s words’ came up on a computer screen.
Yesterday saw the Worlds First Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, instituted by Pope Francis. Every year, on the 4th Sunday in July, we will have the chance to especially celebrate them – and let them know how important they are to us and to our culture!
Many of those suddenly bereaved by Covid during the pandemic weren’t able to say their final goodbye and are turning to spiritualism to make contact with their loved ones.
Where voluntary euthanasia has been introduced, the scope has increased swiftly from those with terminal illnesses and only months to live, to young people with depression, disabled babies, and even those whose doctors decide that their quality of life warrants euthanasia. the UK Parliament has resisted changing our law three times, yet Baroness Meacher, chair of Dignity with Dying, is pushing again for change through the House of Lords.
The most important aspect of dementia care is helping to hold intact the identity of the person with dementia (Kitwood, 2010) As the disease progresses it can seem that the person has changed and is not recognisable as who he/she used to be. But changed behaviour does not mean that the person has disappeared.
Many older people say they prefer to stay at home even though lock-down is ending. But we are made in God’s image for relationship, and isolation is not good for us
Having to order drinks and meals by app on Smartphone discriminates against older people, says charity.
Having to pay by app on a smartphone in pubs and cafes discriminates against older people who don’t have them says Age UK
Older workers have lost more in the pandemic than the young, yet concerns are raised only for the latter.
Give pensioners emergency telephone numbers to call. An elderly pensioner driven by fear and desperation in lock-down strangles his wife. But a listening ear might have prevented the disaster.