Monthly Archives: June 2011
Inside the terrifying world of dementia
The lady at the chiller cabinet moved away from me with a tut of disgust as I shuffled past a display of drinks and almost sent them flying.
The space where she had been standing was a swirling blur and the edges of shelves moved towards me menacingly as I battled to buy a shopping list of six everyday items.
Every step was laced with danger. Babbling noises raged in my head, dislocating my senses, and a friendly corner shop became a hostile environment as I was immersed in an experiment to sample life with dementia.
Only 10 minutes into the task I was confused, vulnerable and isolated, some of the emotions almost one million sufferers and their families encounter every day.
30 June 2011
Edited by Andy Porter firstname.lastname@example.org
More people in Norfolk are set to benefit from a project that sees the health of vulnerable people benefit from a structured program of farming–related activities on a ‘care farm’.
Elderly couples face paying £100,000 for care
Elderly couples face bills of up to £100,000 for residential homes under plans to be announced next week after the government warned pensioners their care will “never, ever” be free.
By Tim Ross, Social Affairs Editor
10:00PM BST 29 Jun 2011
Paul Burstow, the health minister, ruled out introducing a new NHS-style free national care service for all, and urged the public to accept “the nasty truth” that all but the poorest will have to pay for their own care.
Plans to be published on Monday are expected to propose a limit on how much individuals pay towards the cost of a care home place, meals on wheels, home adaptations and visits from helpers. The govern