ARE THERE ENOUGH BEDS IN OUR HOSPITALS?

7:53am Thursday 17th April 2014

Numbers of hospital beds have been an important issue ; long trolley waits at A & E departments has been suggested as a consequence of inadequate numbers of bed

SENIORS NEED ADEQUATE SPORTING FACILITIES NEARBY

8:05am Friday 28th March 2014

Sporting activities are necessary in all ages; even more so as we get older. They help maintain our health..

DO THE ELDERS GET A RAW DEAL !

7:41am Thursday 20th February 2014

Looking at the society as a whole , do the older people receive the similar importance and 'deal' as the rest of the society? Are older individuals treated differently , perhaps without adequate consideration?

CAN YOU HEAR WELL ?

10:39am Friday 24th January 2014

Many individuals in later years of life develop hearing difficulty; this often makes them isolated and lonely...

''AGEING'' IS NEVER ACUTE !

7:15am Friday 20th December 2013

many have a misconception about 'ageing' ; sudden illness in old age is never due to just ageing...

REHABILITATION FOLLOWING A DISABLING ILLNESS

7:39am Wednesday 11th December 2013

Following an illness virtually everyone needs some 'rehabilitation' for getting them back to normalcy; it is more relevant for older people

WILL IT EVER CHANGE ??

7:21am Saturday 30th November 2013

Despite assurances and promises made by virtually everyone, caring for the infirm with multiple disabilities remain a shamble -- why ?

CANCER IN OLD AGE

6:41am Sunday 10th November 2013

Rationing of health care for older people is still rampant in day to day medical practice; many are now asking for a more liberal approach to cancers in old age

THE LONELY OLD

7:09am Saturday 19th October 2013

The Secy of State for health has recently highlighted the special ; needs for the lonely old; it seems the authorities are at long last beginning to think about this issue

EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF DEMENTIA

7:08am Sunday 29th September 2013

Although a definitive diagnosis of any disease is useful for its management, over-diagnosis of diseases can also be harmful both medically and socially; the recent emphasis on early detection of dementia among the elderly is an example!

IS RESIDENTIAL CARE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THE AVERAGE?

9:50am Monday 9th September 2013

Cost of residential care is constantly soaring ; many are compelled to sell their own residence , denying thereby any inheritance for their loved ones. Is 'inheritance' going to be a thing of the past ??

ROUGE TRADERS AND NUISANCE CALLS

6:49am Tuesday 20th August 2013

Although everyone is subject to such harassment , the vulnerable old are more likely to be targeted and perhaps warrants some protection or guidance.

ARE OUR TRAFFIC WARDENS UNDER PRESSURE OR SIMPLY STUPID ??

11:08am Wednesday 7th August 2013

The apparent behavior of some of our road traffic wardens do reach a standard beyond belief ; are they just mindless or under strong instruction to raise money?

THE OLDER PEOPLE MUST BE ENCOURAGED TO DRIVE

7:39am Friday 26th July 2013

i feel somewhat disturbed that some people want over 75 s banned from driving a motor car; we have heard this many times before and there is absolutely no reason to call for such a drastic action !

H A L E

9:52am Sunday 21st July 2013

There is not much point in adding years to life ; life needs to be added to years. With life expectancy increasing by 1 year in every 4, what should one do?

SHOULD THE OLDER PEOPLE BE SEGREGATED ?

7:21am Thursday 27th June 2013

The older people of today do no longer want separate social facility for them - they feel they should have an enjoyable social life with the rest of the society - a view to be strongly supported

A & E FACILITIES IN OUR HOSPITALS

7:43am Tuesday 21st May 2013

A lot is being written and talked about the emergency units in our general hospitals ; why is this apparent 'chaos' or is it just a temporary hiccup?

THE ATTITUDE TO OLD AGE

7:30am Saturday 27th April 2013

The most important single impediment to the care of older people is 'attitude' ; and sadly despite all campaigns , i still remains broadly negative.

CHANGES IN THE NHS

7:26am Friday 19th April 2013

The recent changes in the NHS are unlikely to improve the care of the frail elderly with multiple problems ; fundamental changes in training and outcome measures are needed

LESS PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR THE OLD RURALS !!

7:11am Thursday 28th March 2013

In recent months , Councils , Local Authorities are tightening their belts  and  reducing 'costs'.  The country , it seems, hasn't enough resources to spend  on  'services'  and 'support'  any longer. These  facts  are fairly well-known and  indeed  most citizens do understand this and are trying their best to be 'accommodative'.   Inflation is beginning to rise , investment-interests are abysmally  low . utilities are becoming more and more expensive  ; I only mention  a  few  which  affect the pensioners  in  particular.  Steady reduction in the prices of  electronic gadgets ( thanks  to Chinese imports)  doesn't really  matter  to older  people in general.<p>

Take care: Medications can kill

8:01am Wednesday 13th March 2013

Whilst medications are extremely useful in correct dosage and ways, it can cause enormous harm if  taken improperly.

Keep yourself fit and healthy

7:07am Thursday 17th January 2013

We always advise older people to take regular exercise to remain physically fit and active. Melissa Taylor of Bolton '' get active'' group has sent this very helpful submission - please read on......

Training or sanctions? The way forward

8:20am Wednesday 16th January 2013

When care -staff is found incompetent and behaving non-professionally with a poor standard of care, should they face any punitive sanctions or be sent for further and better training?

YET ANOTHER DAMNING REPORT !!!!

8:13am Friday 21st December 2012

This  subject has been discussed several times before.  The Govt. has formally 'decried'  any form of discrimination on the basis of just chronological age  and it  is now unlawful to do that.<p>

AGEISM RAMPANT AND CONTINUES

9:54am Monday 3rd December 2012

Although  the discriminatory  'attitude'  to  women  and  to people with  a different skin-colour,  has  somewhat diminished (  thanks to legislation) ,  it seems our general  behaviour and approach towards the frail  elderly  is  expanding  unabated.  

THE OLDER PEOPLE IN WINTER

9:05am Sunday 18th November 2012

The rather sad and lonely plight of many older infirm people should be highlighted and more awareness on this should be raised

ZONYA MARSH

1:22pm Tuesday 6th November 2012

The  founder - chairperson  of the Bolton & District  Over 50s  Federation  Mrs  Zonya Marsh  has recently been  awarded their annual  prestigious  Gerald Taylor Award  by the  Rotary Club of Bolton <p>

U 3 A : University of Third Age

2:35pm Saturday 3rd November 2012

The University of Third Age provides an excellent opportunity for learning any of a variety of subjects and is available locally in Bolton. Please read on

SHOULD CARE-GIVERS BE BETTER VETTED?

7:48am Wednesday 17th October 2012

It has recently been reported that some care-homes are employing people with previous criminal records for direct care of vulnerable residents; should this practice be allowed to continue?

DEMOGRAPHIC CHALLENGE

9:20am Thursday 11th October 2012

The population of the world is ageing and we all should help our aged live independently and happily - NOT in care homes but in their own homes..

OLDER PEOPLE OUTSIDE HOME

7:06am Tuesday 25th September 2012

Whilst the society wants its senior citizens to remain active and independent , does it actually think about the elders moving around ?

Town treasures documented

9:20am Thursday 20th September 2012

A BOOKLET detailing Westhoughton ’s historical treasures is expected to be in high demand.

Sir Cliff is still looking good at nearly 72

The Bolton News: PERENNIAL STAR Sir Cliff

4:40pm Wednesday 19th September 2012

IF ever there was the hope that airbrushing had not been employed it is on the most recent pictures of perennial star Sir Cliff Richard.

Pensioner's warning over keys

The Bolton News: UPSET Joan Brown outside her home

1:39pm Wednesday 19th September 2012

A PENSIONER is warning householders to be on their guard after thieves stole her keys as she unpacked her shopping.

CANCER IN OLD AGE

7:40am Monday 27th August 2012

Older people with cancer tend to survive for a shorter period in the UK compared to other european countries. WHY ???

HOSPICE AT HOME

11:09am Tuesday 21st August 2012

Bolton Hospice – Hospice at Home Appeal

SUPPORT FOR CANCER SUFFERERS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

4:51pm Tuesday 7th August 2012

BOLTON CANCER VOICES SINGS OUT FOR MEN Bolton Cancer Voices, the Choir, established for cancer patients and cancer survivors just over a month ago, is suffering from a dearth of men with not so much as a tenor or a bass to be seen! Rehearsals take place on Mondays, 7.30pm - 9pm in the Friend’s Meeting House, Silverwell Street, Bolton. People don’t need to be able to read music or be fantastic singers to join; they just need enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and the desire to have fun. It is hoped the Choir will eventually build to be around 70 strong. Anyone interested – and a special plea to all the stage-shy guys out there, please come and join us. Enquiries to Karen on 01204 595562; alternatively email boltoncancerpatients.carersgroup@yahoo.co.uk or simply turn up any Monday evening

THE ASSISTED DEATH - CONTINUES

6:57am Thursday 19th July 2012

Our  discussion  on 'assisted death' was timely as various other bodies are  currently talking about the subject. It is a very important issue and cannot be kept  concealed 'under the carpet'. <p>

IS IT CARE OR NEGLIGENCE??

2:04pm Wednesday 27th June 2012

Recently we read about a situation where an elderly person living on his own in a community dwelling was found lying dead without anyone knowing about it. The story was that the individual had opted out of 'care-visiting' by designated officials on behalf of the local authority social services. These days 'individuals' are supposed to have a 'choice' on their own care and are allowed to decide on their own needs. Upto a point this is correct and people should be given some 'freedom' to make their own decisions. And in most instances it works well. There are , however, individuals who do either not have the appropriate insight to their needs or make a wrong decision deliberately ? for some other reason. It is the individual in these categories who sadly end up like the person initially referred to. Many ordinary people do NOT fully appreciate their abilities and the level of their copabilities. They maintain ( sadly often with the agreement of their relatives) that they would be okay without any 'official /professional' support and/or intervention. They say ''no'' to routine visits or stop attending any care-centre - the resuilt is often disasterous. They remain out of sight of the statutory agencies and they do not always recieve 'help' from theiur relatives either. The lesson of the story - CHOICE CAN ONLY BE USEFUL WITH PROPER KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHT; UNINFORMED AND POORLY THOUGHT OUT CHOICES WITHOUT THEIR FULL IMPLICATIONS SHOULD BE DISCOURAGED All that said the wardens and other custodians of such ''homes'' or 'residencies'' should also remain vbigilant and try to keep any eye on their residents. True , these wardens are not 'legally' responsible for their 'care' but must play the role of ' at least. a good neighbour'

SUPPORT FOR CANCER SUFFERERS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

4:42pm Friday 1st June 2012

Cancer Group Opens Facebook Page Bolton Cancer Patients and Carers Consultative Group has opened a Facebook page as a resource which can be used to access some of the locally / regionally and nationally available information that might be of interest or help to local cancer patients, their families and members of the public generally.

TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL

11:23am Thursday 31st May 2012

Euthnasia, mercy killing or assisted death ar all synonymous. This topic has been a subject of deep ethical debate for many years ; especially in view of increasing number of very 'terminally ill' individuals in our society. Some discussion on this should be useful and perhaps thought -provoking

DON'T INTERFERE WITH OUR HOSPITALS

4:03pm Monday 30th April 2012

From time to time we read about how badly our local hospital is doing ; no problem about that ! It is useful to receive outside 'assessments' and 'advice' if things remain persistently unsatisfactory or sub-standard. Curiously the criteria on which such observations are made are drawn up on certain 'factors' not necessarily more relevant to local consumers. One such measure happens to be how long a patient attending the hospital unannounced. needs to wait in the A & E dept. Fair enough - it is unacceptable for very sick people to wait on a trolley for hours - they must be admitted to an appropriate ward for treatment. This obviously means having an empty bed in the correct area. No point in admitting a patient with suspected heart attack in a psychiatric or ENT ward. Many people do not always understand that in real life, 'Holby City' does not exist - heart transplants are not carried out everywhere by any doctor!

CARE IN CRISIS

7:17am Wednesday 11th April 2012

The largest Age Charity in the country has recently launched a campaign to highlight the current problems and shortfalls in care for the older people and the measures that ought to be taken without delay.

LOCAL COMPUTER TRAINING COURSE

8:45am Monday 19th March 2012

DWS training, 30 Church Road, Smithills, Bolton, BL1 6NH. 01204 307965, 07538 513916. www.dws-training.co.uk, info@dws-training.co.uk Why should I go online?

DRIVING MISS DAISY

8:37am Friday 16th March 2012

Over the last few weeks , the issue of elderly drivers has been raised yet again. Some take the view that older people should not be allowed to drive cars as they are no longer fit for driving because of their age !! What do others , both old and young, think?

THE DISCRIMINATED OLDER PEOPLE

7:23am Thursday 1st March 2012

Yet another national report says the same thing ! Our older citizens are treated badly - sometimes worse than animals. The society remains overtly ageist with a patronising and dismissive attitude to the older people at virtually all spheres of life and activity.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE - SOME ASPECTS

5:55am Tuesday 21st February 2012

Parkinsons Disease is a fairly common severely disabling disease affecting mainly the people of middle and later ages. An extremely well known Neurologist and a specialist in the disorders of old age DR MAHENDRA GONSALKORALE previously of Hope Hospital in Salford, has sent this article for the readers of Silver Surfers, Please continue...

BOTON SERVICES FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

1:48pm Saturday 11th February 2012

Richard Bounds - the senior advisor for the Sevices for the Visually Impired in Bolton has sent this piece for the readers of Silveer Surfers.

Care of Older Patients

9:28am Monday 9th January 2012

Hundreds of vulnerable and elderly patients are facing daily abuse and neglect by the hands of those supposed to care for them ; the PM wants something done to rectify the situatation.

DEMENTIA - UNDIAGNOSED !!

7:12am Friday 23rd December 2011

It has been reported , despite its rapidly increasing incidence and subsequent costs, only 4 out of 10 dementia sufferers are being correctly diagnosed. Why is this massive ignorance?




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