Nov 30, 2022

Christmas gifts for the older generation

It can be immensely difficult to find the right gift for a grandparent or anyone of retirement age. They have often reached a stage in life where they have most of the things they want for the house or the garden. They're probably not too keen to receive more 'dust gatherers' that will sit on a shelf and hope to be admired. And there are only so many boxes of chocolates you can munch through without risking a healthy living lecture from someone. This year is a little different... more

Oct 05, 2022

Little ways to support those living with dementia

We can’t fix dementia yet, although there have been some major breakthroughs recently, such as the experimental Alzheimer’s drug that could slow cognitive and functional decline.That’s a great hope for the future, but for those of us supporting family and friends in the here and now, what can we do to make day-to-day living just a little bit easier?  These suggestions can help the world feel a little safer and less confusing.Ask all carers to keep to familiar habits... more

Sep 30, 2022

Helpful tips to cut energy costs at home

The cost of energy is rising this autumn, and likely to again in the winter, even though we in the UK are being promised a price cap. It’s evident that the biggest problem is the huge rise in standing charges, which we have to pay regardless of how much power we consume.  That said, there has been a wealth of advice published on how we can reduce energy consumption in the home. Many seem to require a major investment, which isn’t that helpful.There are smaller... more

Sep 16, 2022

As a voluntary caregiver, how are you doing?

Our aim at When They Get Older is support the families of older people to maintain as good as possible a quality of life for people in their senior years.That means also looking at the welfare of our readers, who can be any age, any gender, in any location.We can be so busy trying to support our families, that we forget to look after ourselves. In the long run, that’s not good for anyone.Consider your stress levelsHow do you know if you’re under more stress than is healthy? There... more

Sep 08, 2022

Who can give you the eldercare advice you need?

Caring for older family members and friends usually means needing to find information fast. Questions you may need answering could range from 'How does dementia change a person?' through to 'Can we claim benefits?'. You may find you need to know more about the implications of medical conditions, or legal and financial considerations, or how to choose a care home or home help.At When They Get Older we've compiled a growing directory of organisations and websites where... more

Aug 11, 2022

Finding the right care home for older family and friends

Looking for a care or nursing home is often something we need to do in a bit of a hurry. Perhaps a family member has been hospitalised, and at the least they need some respite care before going home, or maybe it's clear they can't live independently any more. Too many falls, too much confusion and forgetfulness - the time has come.What can we do to that will help us and our relatives find a home that suits them?As with making wills and setting up Lasting Power of Attorney, having the... more

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