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Maintaining Independence

Maintaining Independence

One in five adults in the UK has a physical disability and over a million of them live independently. Having a physical disability does not automatically mean you have to sacrifice your independence, there are many ways in which you can continue to live in your own home, controlling your own life. Staying in your own home can mean that…read more →

Staying Active!

Staying Active!

Statistically, the over 65′s are the most sedentary age group. On average, they spend up to ten hours a day stationary, either lying or sitting down, which puts them at an increased risk of developing health problems. The risk of obesity, strokes and heart problems is reportedly increasing in this age group compared to others. Physical activity helps keep up…read more →

Our Approach To Dementia

Our Approach To Dementia

Dementia is a condition associated with the ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. Problems arise from this and are often to do with the following: Memory Loss Thinking Speed Mental Agility Language Understanding Judgement Here at Shaw, we provide dementia care that is second to none. We believe in a holistic approach to person centred care that supports…read more →

Improving Memory

Improving Memory

Everyone forgets things occasionally – where they put the car keys, the name of that restaurant they liked the look of, and whether or not they fed the cat. The issue of memory loss is often a worry as we grow older. Many people are concerned that they may not be as sharp as they once were and don’t want…read more →

Caregiver’s Burnout

Caregiver’s Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a very real and very serious issue amongst the caring community. When caregivers have burnout, the person they are looking after can potential end up suffering and taking the brunt of it. Reaching the end of your tether doesn’t happen suddenly, it creeps up over time and wears away at you until eventually you find yourself at…read more →

The effects of life transitions on the elderly.

The effects of life transitions on the elderly.

Later life holds many lifestyle changes, all of which can have serious effects on each individual. Older people have major life adjustments to adapt to, which can ultimately have consequences and cause a range of issues. Below are a few changes and their potential effects on the older population. Retirement: Often this is the first big change that older people…read more →

What is an acquired brain injury?

What is an acquired brain injury?

An acquired brain injury refers to damage caused to the brain after birth, rather than while the foetus was developing. It either can be a result of either trauma inflicted to the brain from an external source (e.g. an accident, assault or neurosurgery) or from a non-traumatic event such as a stroke, drug abuse, infection, brain tumours or poison. The…read more →

The Elderly And The Cold – Hypothermia

The Elderly And The Cold – Hypothermia

Hypothermia is caused when body temperature drops below 35°C, when normal body temperature is around 37°C. Such a dramatic drop in temperature is usually caused by long exposure to cold and is more prevalent in certain groups. The elderly, frail and unwell are particularly vulnerable to hypothermia as they are unable to move around and effectively generate heat to warm…read more →

Helping A Parkinson’s Sufferer

Helping A Parkinson’s Sufferer

Supporting a loved one with Parkinson’s can be draining, emotionally and physically, and there are so many challenges to face on a daily basis. The ever changing condition of the disease means that each day can be a struggle as new symptoms emerge and patients experience a deteriorating lack of control. It can be a huge struggle for both patient…read more →

Getting The Elderly Online

Getting The Elderly Online

The elderly and the internet is not a combination we generally put together. However, the over 65′s are currently the fastest growing group on Facebook, and are statistically also the most active group on dating sites. If you think about it, the elderly actually have the most to gain from being online as age and declining health restrict their outings…read more →