Keeping active in later life is very important and walking is a great choice – it’s gentle and low impact, but brings a host of health benefits. This May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month and we’re encouraging people to Try20 – that is, to fit 20 minutes of walking into their day throughout May …
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Welcome to 2017! Where we’re asking “has life got better?”. Over the last few years I have written about a wide variety of issues and concerns – many of which are a real concern, not just to older people, but the wider community. So just out of interest, I thought I would look back on …
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What’s Next for the NHS?

March 8th, 2017 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Care | Health - (1 Comments)

With all the talk of change and proposed changes to the NHS – including amendments to its structure and access – I am afraid I will be writing regularly on this subject. I think it is important that the issues are highlighted though, and hopefully you will be able to go to your local NHS, …
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How are you managing? Do you actually eat 5 portions of fruit and veg day?  Well done if you do – I don’t think there are many of us who actually succeed apart from the odd occasion! 5 portions of dark chocolate a day I can manage, but fruit and veg?! And now the amount …
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You really have to admire the Government and NHS England for their proliferation of ideas to make life harder.  There must be hundreds employed just to design daft procedures… though I suppose it brings the unemployment figures down at least! The latest wheeze? You’ll need to show your passport if you want to use the …
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You can’t be surprised at this heading, or this proposal, as it has been muted many times – although not during election periods! Is it such a perverse idea?  You may say yes, because the founding principle of the NHS was always to be free at the point of entry.  Yet we have moved away …
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Why don’t government departments communicate? I thought it must only be a case of walking down the corridor, but then of course I am out of date – any communication will surely be done by computer! I suppose it would be almost treason to have regular meetings with different departments to enable everyone to be …
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Should Services be Rationed?

October 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

Interesting… when watching the news or documentaries, whenever there is a failure in the provision of services, health care, housing (or in fact most things in life), it’s always the fault of older people!  Why are you living so long?! Not that there’s much room in the cemeteries where you have to share a space… …
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Dementia Citizens Apps Launched

September 30th, 2016 | Posted by John Loder in Dementia - (0 Comments)

The last week of August saw Nesta announce the launch of two new apps, Book of You and Playlist for Life, as part of the Dementia Citizens project – a digital platform that connects people affected by dementia and their carers together with researchers. Few doubt the scale of the challenge posed by dementia. Yet …
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Yes, £860 per week really is the cost of residential care at the present time – and that’s only for accommodation! Of course with staff rightly being given the living wage (or the London living wage), the costs will go up.  We are told that this – combined with a decrease in staff – may see the standard …
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