• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Chronic Pain

    12 Must-Haves for Coping With Chronic Pain

      I don’t like dwelling on the fact that I am in pain all the time. I find that the more I think about it, the worse my pain becomes. I have spent a lot of time over the last 18 months denying the fact that I do indeed suffer from chronic pain and it has taken a lot of mental capacity to accept this, but I now that I am more readily able to accept that this is part of my life, I find I am able to cope somewhat better. As with most people who have chronic pain, I am in pain every day, but there are days…

  • Dementia

    Urinary Tract Infections in the Person With Dementia – What You Need to Know

      Understanding Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)  and their effect on the person with Dementia will enable you to identify, treat and understand what is happening.  Urinary tract infections in the person with dementia can be very common. Unfortunately, a UTI can cause sudden and extreme behavioural changes, such as confusion which is referred to as Delirium. The onset of delirium can happen in as little as one to two days, so if you notice a sudden change in behaviour, chances are your loved one may have a urinary infection.  So what do you need to know?     What Are Urinary Tract Infections? A UTI happens when bacteria enter the…

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    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…

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    The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

      I often hear people referring to Alzheimer’s and Dementia as the same thing and alternating the use of the word, without fully understanding the true difference between both terms. Before I talk about the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, let’s have a quick look at the current statistics.   Approximately 47 million people are currently living with the condition worldwide and the latest WHO statistics suggest that an average 9.9 million cases of dementia are diagnosed each year. The rapid increase in cases of dementia (it is estimated that numbers will triple by 2050) unfortunately means that we will all know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease in…