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Everyday helping relationships may be complex, but we do need to know how they work, says Ilona Haslewood. We ask someone to look after our car while we are away. We drop off some shopping for a neighbour, or babysit for a friend. For the most part, it’s everyday, mundane stuff - just a bit of help...
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As well as being on call for crisis situations on the ward, Ian Douglas also educates people about mental health conditions Every working day is different for me, but I always start my mornings in the same way. Up at 6.30am, get ready and drop my children off at the train station, then I'm in the...
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Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister are currently consulting on the Active Ageing Strategy. The Strategy sets out the NI Executive’s plans for older people over the coming 6 years,...
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One in three babies born today will reach 100 years old. Yet, as the Early Action Task Force's report Looking Forward to Later Life published today shows, the approach of successive governments to our ageing population has mirrored the approach of many individuals: disjointed, head-in-the-sand,...
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Everyone is entitled to a good death and the best quality of care when a cure is no longer possible. It should be a right, not a privilege. Unfortunately in Ireland this is not always the case. The Irish Hospice Foundation will be discussing these issues at a Primary Palliative Care conference in...
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Health Minister Edwin Poots today welcomed health professionals from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland to the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) conference in Belfast.
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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has today published the ‘Children Order Child Protection and Referral Statistics for Northern Ireland (quarter ending 31 March 2014).’
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Health Minister Edwin Poots has today launched the Mindwise Young People’s Strategy and Action Plan for 2014-19, at the MAC in Belfast.
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A call has been issued for patients, families and carers to complete a major all-island survey of palliative care experiences. The Let’s Talk About survey is the first of its kind across Ireland and continues until the end of May. The survey asks people with illnesses which may not be cured to...
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If people share their concerns about poor care homes with other relatives and the authorities it can help instigate reform Anyone who watched Panorama's recent investigation of care homes would have seen professional care workers physically and emotionally abusing the elderly women in their care...
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Ukip thinks seniors will succumb to prejudice as if it were a bout of shingles. But most of us are inoculated against the old hatreds When I heard Nigel Farage's comment that many people over the age of 70 feel uncomfortable about homosexuality , I had to check my watch to make sure it was 2014,...
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The Wellcome Trust is funding a new research programme at the University of Oxford to investigate how the brain supports complex mental processes, and inform our understanding of the mind in health and disease. Read more here.
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Old age is associated with moving into a care home or struggling on in your own home. But is there an alternative? The residents of the Denham Garden Village retirement complex think so. Read more here.
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The 100-year-old volunteers in a project to share his century of life experiences with schoolchildren in London "I tell stories, little human stories," says Gus Bialick, who turned 100 last March, of his role volunteering in an innovative project to break down generational barriers...
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People entering adulthood with learning disabilities should be offered the choice and opportunity to be involved within their local community, and have access to a range of appropriate and stimulating activities that everyone else enjoys.
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Polly Toynbee is right that profiteering from residential childcare is at the extreme end of outsourcing ( Now troubled children are an investment opportunity , 13 May). It is also the at sharp end of social inequalities. Proportionately, 12 times more children in the most disadvantaged 10% of...
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Little is understood about the unique challenges faced by the ageing population of black and Asian ethnic minorities in Ireland, North and South. Yet these small older populations are growing according to the most recent censuses in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI), writes...
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The UK's ageing population will need 1 million care workers, so effective professional development and the funding to deliver it must start now Tomorrow sees the Kingsmill review publish its report into working conditions in the care sector. Like last month's Panorama investigation of abuse of...
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One of Danske Bank’s most senior executives is embarking on his very own version of the Giro d’Italia cycling over 300 miles across Northern Ireland in just three days. With cycle mania taking over...
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The hundreds of thousands of people living with dementia need support and kindness, not stigma and isolation, writes Terry Pratchett in The Guardian. Pratchett who himself lives with dementia took part last week in a TV campaign launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer's Society which...

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