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Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

By Katherine | 19 Dec 2017 11:00:00 | Full article...

image:   MS is a complex disease and anyone who has been diagnosed or has a family member or friend with the condition will want to have a better insight into how it will affect them. Understanding any medical condition is always the first step forward in accepting the diagnosis. The next step is learning how to manage the condition and where to go to find support and information. Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological condition

Keeping Fit From A Wheelchair

By Katherine | 19 Dec 2017 11:00:00 | Full article...

  Happy Legs Exercise Machine   Keeping fit or undertaking regular exercise from a wheelchair can be a real challenge. For starters, you’re sitting down and relatively immobile compared to an able bodied person, who may take several thousand steps a day just doing basic tasks. Secondly any physical activity is restricted to the upper part of your body – which can lead to stress and injury in the part of your body you are now most

Profile of Caron Cares - Eldercare Blogger

By Katherine | 18 Dec 2017 17:00:00 | Full article...

Caron Sprake "Caron Sprake is a self-employed home-help for the elderly and passionate eldercare blogger. Before starting her blog she was unable to even "copy and paste" so in her words "it has been an amazing adventure". Caron Cares offers advice and information for anyone caring for the elderly. Caron is also a Purple Angel ambassador raising awareness about dementia in her town and on line. Caron Cares is privileged to have some respected

Are multigeneration houses the answer to a happy old age?

By Katherine | 18 Dec 2017 17:00:00 | Full article...

This recent article in The Guardian proposes Britain takes a look at a style of social community centre being used in Germany to improve quality of life for young and old, and to strengthen intergenerational links within a population that is ageing fast. The article says that "the number of over-65s in Britain is expected to almost double by 2030, and childcare in Britain is more expensive than almost anywhere in the world."  It asks if both problems be tackled in

Guest Blog by Fiona Jarvis, Founder Of Blue Badge Style

By Katherine | 18 Dec 2017 17:00:00 | Full article...

Fiona Jarvis, founder of Blue Badge Style   There are so many people out there who have a disability, visible or otherwise, and desire better, easier access to style. I know this because I am one of them. I first realised I might have MS over twenty years ago, when I kept falling off my high-heels. People thought I was drunk – and that was the confusing thing, as I could well have been. All these years later, a lot has changed but a lot has stayed the

The Principles of Universal Design

By Katherine | 18 Dec 2017 16:00:00 | Full article...

  KEUCO Universal Grab Rail Universal Design means exactly that – design for everybody. Everybody includes the disabled, mobility impaired, older people and children as well as able bodied people. Basically it’s built in thoughtfulness – so that a broad spectrum of the community can use a product or facility without it being glaringly obvious  that it is usable by people who are less that able-bodied. The dropped curb (designed in 1963 by Selwyn

Fifth Sense Charity is Launched Supporting Taste and Smell Disorder Sufferers

By Katherine | 18 Dec 2017 15:00:00 | Full article...

image:   How would you describe the smell of a rose to someone who has never had the ability to detect odours? As a person who has always had the ability to smell or taste, have you ever considered what it might be like to lose these senses? Fifth Sense is a new charity set to support sufferers of taste and smell disorders. Anosmia is a complete loss of the sense of smell. It can be caused by sinus or nasal disease,

Meditation For Pain Relief

By Katherine | 18 Dec 2017 15:00:00 | Full article...

image:   Meditation has been around since ancient times, but it has taken on new significance in modern life, as a practical antidote for stress, anxiety and the pressures of everyday living. Meditation has also been proven to alleviate physical pain, through the relaxation of the mind, which shows that our thoughts can have more of an impact on us than we ever suspected! One perk of using meditation as a tool for pain relief, is

Stylish THRIVE pill boxes

By Katherine | 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 | Full article...

  designed2enable is UK agent for the THRIVE range of pill boxes and organisers made by US company Sabi. The design philosophy behind Sabi is very similar to our own - they believe that people's imperfections are what make them beautiful and that intelligently designed products can help us embrace our vulnerabilities and feel happy about doing daily tasks that may have grown challenging or mundane. The Sabi pill boxes and organisers are designed with just that in mind

Diabetes timebomb warning

By Katherine | 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 | Full article...

Image Courtesy: David Jones Blog By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent, The Telegraph 23 Sep 2013 Britain is “sleepwalking into a public health disaster” with a predicted doubling in the numbers suffering from diabetes within two decades, experts have warned. Forecasts from the charity Diabetes UK warn that 5 million people are expected to develop the disease by 2025 - twice the number recorded just five years ago. The vast majority of complications of the

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