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What’s it like to have dementia? Presenter Helen McDermott and Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad found out

The simplest of tasks can feel like climbing Mount Everest.

Friday, May 9, 2014
2:36 PM

Our game recruits were Helen McDermott and Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad, who arrived full of beans, excited about their challenge and who were only mildly disconcerted when faced with the disclaimer they had to sign before they were strapped into the GERT suit.

Crisis in social care system leaves disabled people without support

By: Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive, Sense
Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 10:26 GMT   

For a long time now our social care system has been in crisis. Funding has been cut back to the bare bone and local councils are struggling to find the money to provide even the most basic care.

Chronic underfunding has left many deafblind and disabled people struggling to get the support they need.

Calls to Sense from deafblind people increased by 40 per cent last year, as they struggle to access the care they need at the same time as battling with the impact of the recent benefit changes. We are concerned that these problems will continue to get worse.

Better care for the elderly

HERE TO HELP: Decision makers from the health, social care and voluntary sector get together to improve services for the elderly in Hartlepool

IMPROVED services for the elderly have come under the spotlight at a summit in Hartlepool.

Experts from numerous sectors came together to look at how better arrangements can be put in place for older people in the town.

Mounting demands are being placed on services which cater for people with conditions such as stroke and dementia.

And with an increasingly ageing population, the NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a summit is focusing on how improvements could be made for vulnerable elderly people in the area.