• 5 Common Illnesses of Aging
    Illness

    5 Common Illnesses of Ageing

      As we age, we are more susceptible to developing an illness. Partly because as much as we hate to admit it, our bodies are older and struggle to work as well as they did when we were younger, and partly because of the years of ‘abuse’ we have subjected them to such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyles and environmental factors such as secondhand smoke and pollution. There are times when our genetics are to blame too! You can thank your parents for an increased risk of illnesses such as diabetes, strokes and some forms of cancer.   Whilst we cannot eliminate our risk of developing diseases we can reduce…

  • Self Care

    Why Self Care Is Important and 7 Ways to De-stress in 10 Minutes

      Our lives are more hectic now than they have ever been, particularly when it comes to caregiving. It doesn’t matter whether we are caring for children, a family member or trying to cope with chronic illnesses, but managing all of this on top of working, keeping a house running and all those small daily tasks that need to be done means that we generally push self-care to the bottom of a never-ending pile.     However, self-care is crucial to our wellbeing and mental health. Constantly working until we drop, not sleeping enough and being so worn out from putting everyone before ourselves is not only going to cause…

  • Illness

    World Chocolate Day – The Health Benefits of Chocolate

      I am a self-confessed chocolate addict. I absolutely love it. There is nothing better to me than getting time to sit down, read a book and enjoy my favourite chocolate. Some of my all-time favourites include bounty bars (what could possibly be better than coconut and chocolate? On a side note, the Bounty easter egg chocolate is probably some of the best that I have ever tasted), Galaxy and Duchess bars. I have only found Duchess bars in Cyprus and they are this amazing mixture of chocolate fudge and biscuit, coated in chocolate. I am also partial to a chocolate chip muffin (or seven).     A few weeks…

  • Cyprus

    Staying Safe in the Sun

      I was at work yesterday afternoon when my phone beeped with a yellow weather warning. I got all excited at the prospect of a thunderous rainstorm. As we are heading into the driest months of the year, the chance of any rain between now and mid to late October is very slim, so you can imagine my horror when it was actually alerting us to temperatures in the low forties for the next 24 hours.   This is our ninth summer in Cyprus and the extreme temperatures that we get every year (for two weeks last summer it was in the mid-fifties!) never get easier. With that being said,…

  • Illness

    8 Ways to Help Someone with Fibromyalgia

      Fibromyalgia seems to be everywhere these days. We are hearing about it in the media (Lady Gaga has recently revealed that she has been diagnosed with it) and doctors are becoming more accustomed to the illness and as a result are making more accurate diagnoses. I am sure that as a result, everyone knows at least one person with this dreadful illness. But do you know what you can do to help make their lives somewhat easier? May 12th is International Fibromyalgia awareness day and I thought what better way to bring awareness to the illness by sharing 8 ways to help someone with Fibromyalgia. It is a little…

  • Caregiver

    Creating A Daily Routine for Someone with Dementia – 5 Key Rules

      Introducing a routine at any stage of life can only be considered a positive. It helps us to achieve our daily goals, keeps us on track and can give us a sense of purpose too. We may find that a routine is more important than ever in the years that follow retirement having spent so many years getting up at the same time and following the same pattern day after day. As we age, some people may find sticking to their lifelong, daily routine easy, but others, particularly those with cognitive decline, such as that which is experienced in dementia, will find it increasingly difficult. However, studies and experience…

  • Illness

    Pressure Sores – What You Need To Know

        As with everything I write, I take inspiration from areas of care that I deal with regularly. I want to give you the information that is floating around in my head in the most comprehensive way possible. Pressure sores and everything you need to know about them may go into more detail than you need (I am specifically talking about the stages of a wound) but I regularly come up against people not truly understanding why I am so diligent about wound care and why it is so important. I feel if you understand why a wound is so deep you will understand why I am promoting good…