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Age is no barrier for Silver Surfers!

“We’re not just silver surfers here – we’re getting to be Golden Googlers”
August 28, 2012 | By |

 

Pensioners at a Sheltered Housing Scheme in Abergele are proving that age is no barrier to joining the computer generation. After a little expert help and a great deal of enthusiasm the residents at Pentre Mawr have become digital dynamos discovering a whole new world of on-line activities.

 

“Even before a learning session with Jen Bailey, the Digital Inclusion Officer, our residents were raring to go with her help we’ve really embraced the opportunity,” said Alison Pring, Warden at the scheme, which is managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

When a call can make all the difference to coping with dementia

Statistics show that one in three of us will be affected by dementia at some point in our lives. Many families of those with dementia often find it hard to know where to turn.

Here, Janet Roberts, of the Wales Dementia Helpline, outlines the role the team can play in providing support to those affected by the condition

COMING to terms with a dementia diagnosis can be difficult for the person newly diagnosed, but it also affects the whole family.

While families want to support the person with dementia, they can also be fearful for the future and sometimes doubt their own ability to cope.

Revealed: Growing number of elderly dying alone with no relatives

  • The number of elderly people dying alone in Wales with no relatives has been highlighted in figures obtained by WalesOnline.
  • By Brendan Hughes, WalesOnline
  • Aug 21 2012

 

The Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool

The Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool

Older people’s charity Age Cymru warned that as Wales’ population aged, the problem of loneliness was growing, with older men most at risk of isolation.

Figures from Welsh health boards show almost £400,000 was spent over the past four years on holding funerals for patients with no traceable relatives – a problem the Beatles sang about in their 1966 hit Eleanor Rigby.

More than 620 funerals have been paid for by health authorities in Wales between 2008-09 and 2011-12 for patients who have died with no next of kin.

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