As you read this more than 6 ½ million people around the country are caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is older, disabled or seriously ill, many with dementia. Many have had to give up their jobs and are also struggling financially.
Manchester is in the lead when it comes to innovative ideas for older people. It’s strategy is to make life as enjoyable and inclusive for them, and everyone else. It comes up with new ideas and events all the time.One of its latest ideas is the Chat and Natter Table. Its website says*, ‘A Chatter & Natter table is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers.
Unless you’ve been meditating on a mountain top with no transmission, you’ll know that Wales beat England 21-13 in the Six Nations rugby match last Saturday. Max Boyce probably wrote another song to commemorate it. In the crowd was an 82 year old who’d never been to a rugby match before. (Perhaps she moved into Wales late in life.) She said that meeting the team was wonderful, adding, ‘It will be hard to top that one. I’m 82 years of age and to have something like that happen to you at my age is amazing.’
I’ve learnt something today that has blessed me hugely, so I thought I’d pass it on to bless you too. It’s a story of God’s grace and wonderful ways, and how He can transform a ‘bad place’ of despair into a place of blessing. You’ll remember Sarah and Hagar and their sons, Isaac and Ishmael, and how Hagar was sent away by Abraham because Ishmael mocked Isaac at the boy’s weaning ceremony (Genesis 21). Not just light teasing; the word indicates intense derision.
Christmas is a great time for showing the love of God and telling the salvation story. It’s when you’ll see people who don’t normally come
Grandparents are GOOD for their grandchildren. Most of us know this, of course, as do our bank managers, but now it’s official. ‘Research shows that
Almost half of people admitted to hospital over the age of 70 will have dementia, according to Dr Liz Sampson, of the Marie Curie Palliative