The Elderly Care Show
9:10am Saturday 31st March 2012 in Bradford By Claire Lomax
Paul and Barbara Hargreaves are given a demonstration of a new Toyota car
The Elderly Care Show – an exhibition showcasing the best in care available to elderly people opened its doors for the first time yesterday in Bradford.
The free, two-day event at the Abundant Life Conference Centre in Wapping Road, Bradford, continues today, from 10am to 5pm.
The Elderly Care Show is a not-for-profit organisation and features exhibitions, seminars and a networking tea lounge, and is run in association with the Telegraph and Argus.
Exhibitors include the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, nursing home groups and suppliers, health organsiations such as Nuffield Health and Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Rimmingtons Pharmacy and carers’ organisations.
Speakers on Friday included Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Anna Jackson of the Carers’ Resource, and Barbara Craven who runs Extend seated exercise.
How many young people have to die before ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ merits properly funded biomedical research?
ME sufferers such as Lynn Gilderdale, pictured, and Emily Collingridge have died as a result of the disease. Photograph: David Cairns/Rex Features
On Sunday 18 March, Emily Collingridge, a beautiful 30-year-old activist and author, died after she was apparently no longer able to struggle against the chronic illness that had afflicted her since she was six. Major news organisations have all but ignored her death – the death of a noteworthy campaigner while suffering from the very condition she tried to persuade the world actually existed – just as they continually ignore so many important stories about the illness she had.
That illness is a neurological condition called myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME. There are many who think it is not real and many others, even within the medical profession, who think it is a psychological condition best treated with enforced exercise, which only worsens its effects. Even those doctors and lay people who acknowledge the illness often refer to it by the ridiculous name “chronic fatigue syndrome”, which is almost as damaging to ME sufferers as the symptoms we suffer.