Category Archives: Older people

Street theatre focuses on social isolation

TweetAre you too busy with tech to talk? How well do you know your older neighbours? Do you think your local community involves everyone in it? A pop-up street theatre performance this week will focus on the epidemic of loneliness … Continue reading

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Designing for dementia

TweetThis year, 225,000 people will develop dementia – that’s one person every three minutes – and 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with … Continue reading

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Arts festival offers a focus on equal opportunities for disabled young musicians

TweetAcross the country, there are a dozen government-funded centres for advanced training, providing specialist education for young musicians. But there is no such equivalent for their young disabled counterparts. However, it is hoped that an arts festival, which opens next … Continue reading

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Why the NHS needs more district nurses

TweetThe ageing population combined with the ongoing drive to keep people at home, not in hospital, reinforces the vital role of community nursing. Yet as figures from the Royal College of Nursing show, the number of community nurses working in … Continue reading

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How arts therapy can support people with dementia

TweetBy 2025 there will be one million people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society; a project I reported on today for the Guardian online is proving the impact of arts-based therapy on people with the condition. … Continue reading

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My campaign to change attitudes, one event at a time

TweetWe have just ‘celebrated’ World Mental Health day (10 October). I, and many like me, hope that as each year passes so does the stigma and discrimination of mental health. Stigma impacts like a disease – if left untreated, the … Continue reading

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Specialist dementia care for black and ethnic minority families

Tweet“They should not suffer in silence”, says Amina Begum, a full time carer for her mother, of why we need more culturally specific dementia services for black and South Asian communities. Speaking to me for a Guardian piece published today … Continue reading

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Telling the untold stories of austerity

Tweet Women in Croxteth, Liverpool, discuss the impact of cuts on communities, part of the research for the new book, Austerity Bites Do you know what austerity really means? Here’s a definition from the Collins Dictionary, as quoted in Mary … Continue reading

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Ageing and art: tackling isolation among older people

TweetOne in six of us – that’s 10 million people in the UK – are over 65 years old. By 2050, this number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million, or one in four, according to government figures. In … Continue reading

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Seeing dementia through a different lens

TweetI was entranced by some of Cathy Greenblat’s photographs of people with Alzheimer’s, which I came across when researching a recent piece about dementia. Dementia is a major global challenge – health experts describe it as the next global pandemic. … Continue reading

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