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17.05.17 Contents:
Dementia Awareness Week
Feeling unsafe at home...
Hearing loss and deafness
The Mobility Roadshow
Derek's View – Funky Pressalit Care bathroom
Latest Updates - Staying active with Stannah
1. Dementia Awareness Week

So this is the week when we are all supposed to be aware of dementia. I think it's fair to say that most people's lives have been touched by the condition one way or another, and it isn't something that you are going to forget in a hurry.

As more of us live longer, the prevalence of dementia can only increase, so we'd better hope that at least one of the potential future treatments currently in development proves effective...

In the meantime, we have some excellent dementia-related resources on Independent Living. First word should go to Peter Mittler, clinical psychologist and academic who has lived with dementia for 10 years, and campaigns vigorously for people with the condition to enjoy the same human rights as others.

You can read his article here

We have an area devoted to dementia and cognitive impairment, here

And an enlightening recent book, The Dementia Whisperer, is reviewed here


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2. Feeling unsafe at home...

Famously, if politically incorrectly, "an Englishman's home is his castle" – to which we can add Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish, and make it clear that women feel this attachment, just as much as men!

So it is sad to consider just how many of us feel unsafe at home as we get older. From con merchants to sudden illness or an accidental fall, there are many fears keeping us awake at night. For most worries, there is a solution of some kind.

We have home safety advice here

Fall prevention advice is here

Click here for home security tips


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3. Hearing loss and deafness

Hearing loss is one of those invisible disabilities that makes life more difficult for many.

There are some very useful technology-based products to ease the situation, from the latest digital hearing aids to neck loops and streamers.

But, at least equally importantly, people can make an enormous difference, by being sensitive to the needs of others who have difficulty hearing, and making some small adjustments to the way they communicate.

Read more here


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4. The Mobility Roadshow

For more than 30 years, The Mobility Roadshow has been providing an opportunity to see and try out accessible vehicles and adapted driving controls. Shown here is event ambassador Lamin Manneh, disabled war veteran and 2016 Invictus Games athlete.

This year, the roadshow is back at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, from 1 - 3 June. Admission is free, as is parking, and the important show opening duties fall to a racing driver by the name of Hamilton – in this case, Nicolas rather than his more famous sibling Lewis. He is also a determined and ambitious racing driver, but in his case, cerebral palsy has to be overcome, alongside all the other challenges you face in such a competitive arena.

One of the features of this year's event is a rolling discussion on older drivers, with speakers from the Road Safety Foundation’s “Older Drivers Task Force”.

You can read more here


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5. Derek's View – Funky Pressalit Care bathroom

If you have not only bought a new home, but then spent 18 months adding three extensions in order to meet your family's needs, you want to make sure you get it just right.

The Dixons from Darlington are clearly chuffed with their new home, particularly Thomas, whose funky bathroom features adjustable equipment from Pressalit Care, in lime green.

Thomas has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and gets some help in the bathroom from his companion dog, Vito.

You can see more details here


If you provide high quality products and services, and you would like to reach our site visitors and newsletter readers, please email derek@independentliving.co.uk


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6. Latest Updates - Staying active with Stannah

Knowing how to keep fit as you get older can be a challenge. It’s vital to keep moving, but often hard to know how. And when aches and pains in your joints start to be a constant presence in your daily life, how can you combat the problem? Stannah Stays Active is a tailored exercise programme to use at home. Designed by an OT, it has three different levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) so you can choose which suits you best.

You can read more here


And that is it for this week! Don't forget that you can apply to join the Independent Living Facebook group, if you would like to spend more time discussing these themes with other interested people. If you are fond of political debate, we have also set up a separate group for exchanges of opinion in the run-up to the general election, which is here.


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Until next time, all good wishes,


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