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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!
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 ??
6:49am Tuesday 20th August 2013
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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>
8:01am Wednesday 13th March 2013
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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.
9:05am Sunday 18th November 2012
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7:48am Wednesday 17th October 2012
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or simply turn up any Monday evening
6:57am Thursday 19th July 2012
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'
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.
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
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!
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.
8:45am Monday 19th March 2012
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?
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.
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...
1:48pm Saturday 11th February 2012
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11:13am Monday 12th December 2011
As older individuals tend to accumulate 'ailments' of different kinds and with varying manifestations and effects, it is essential that they receive a 'complete' assessment when presented to a professional. Please read on.....
6:47am Tuesday 22nd November 2011
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2:24pm Monday 19th September 2011
Here is a letter I received from Mr Dave Stather which is self-expanatory. It wouldbe very useful for plder people to be able to use a Personal Computer at home - thereby making their day to day living much easier
9:15am Tuesday 6th September 2011
In early seventies , the then Govt. had wanted to achieve an overall country wide national equality in health care. It had been well-known that certain parts of the country were more deprived than others and that was reflected in the stati of health in those areas. A special Resource Allocation Working Party was set up and that RAWP began to use a 'formula' based on a number social and health statistics. It seems things are going to reverse again in favour of the well-endowed South !!