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How To Cope With Stress

July 8, 2019 8:00 am

According to the Mental Health Foundation; “Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day to day life. Such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. You may find that it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another.” During situations of stress, you may feel threatened or upset and it can cause a variety of physical and emotional experiences which can change the way you behave. The first thing to do is to identify your symptoms and find out what is causing you to feel more stressed. As stress affects each...

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Supporting Carers In The Community

July 4, 2019 8:00 am

At Home Care Preferred, we understand that not all families can afford at home care for their loved ones and often result in taking on the carer role themselves. With last month’s Carers Week raising awareness we wanted to highlight some key statistics and share some information about the unpaid carers of the UK. According to Carers Week, a registered charity in the UK: “Almost 72% of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, whilst well over 61% said their physical health had worsened.” National Charities  have warned that “unless more support is provided, the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future.” In addition, “The...

Care To Limbo launch party success

October 25, 2017 3:05 pm

Earlier this month The Mayor of Enfield, Christine Hamilton and MP for Enfield Southgate, Bambos Charalambous,  both flexed their limbo skills for the launch of our new social media based fundraising campaign, ‘Care To Limbo’. Launched this October, with the help of local dignitaries  as well as celebrity sportsmen such as British track sprinter Dwain Chambers and QPR footballers, Care To Limbo is designed to help raise awareness and funds for four chosen charities; Alzheimer’s Society, Carers UK, Crisis and Macmillan Cancer Support. A similar concept to the “ice bucket challenge”, Care To Limbo challenges people around the world to record themselves doing the limbo dance, and we have already seen people in France and Italy pick up the limbo gauntlet. ...

Can Simple Lifestyle Changes Prevent Dementia?

August 14, 2017 5:11 pm

A new report suggest over a third of dementia diagnoses could potentially be avoided by addressing aspects of one’s lifestyle including exercise, education, blood pressure and hearing. There were around 45 million people living with dementia in 2015, with recent figures showing this is set to rise; in England and Wales alone it is estimated that there will be a 57% increase in people living with dementia by 2040, with numbers set to hit 1.2million, driven predominantly by people living longer. But the new report from the Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention and care, stressed that dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing – and that action can be taken to decrease risk. “There are a lot of...

We’ll Meet Again’ WW2 Musical Event in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK

August 8, 2017 12:39 pm

Following last year’s extremely successful sell-out event, Home Care Preferred are excited to announce we will be hosting another ‘We’ll Meet Again’ musical evening this October in collaboration with the talented Compton Players, with all profits being donated to the wonderful charity Alzheimer’s Research UK. It’s set to be a great night filled with all your favourite songs, fashion and stories from war time 1940’s. Last year the spectacle entertained the whole family with Grandparents, Grandchildren and Parents alike all getting into the spirit of the evening – waving their union jack flags and singing along to the much loved and remembered tunes of World War Two.   The evening includes a full fish & chip supper, and of course...

Can eating oranges cut the risk of developing dementia?

July 18, 2017 3:20 pm

A major study, undertaken by a team of scientists at Tohuku University in Japan, indicates a daily intake of any citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes can cut the risk of developing dementia by almost a quarter. Various studies have suggested that citrus fruits can protect the brain against the damage that leads to dementia. Citric acid contains the chemical nobiletin which, in animal tests, has been shown to slow or reverse impairment of memory. However this new research – published in the British Journal of Nutrition – is the first major study to investigate the effect citrus fruit consumption might have on large numbers of those most at risk. Scientists tracked more than 13,000 middle-aged or...

Beat The Heat! Keep safe in the sun summer

June 15, 2017 5:31 pm

The temperatures are set to sore across the UK! While this is welcome news for many, it can cause major health problems for the elderly if the appropriate precautions aren’t taken. The Met Office has issued a warning that 70% of the United Kingdom will see heatwave conditions over Sunday and Monday. NHS England has compiled a heatwave plan to ensure we can all bask in the glorious summer sunshine safely. They recommend: Looking after yourself and others during hot weather Supporting vulnerable people, particularly the elderly)  before and during a heatwave Look after children during a heatwave The main risks posed by a heatwave are: dehydration (not having enough water) overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who...

Diabetes Week 2017: Can You Reduce Your Risk?

June 12, 2017 5:12 pm

This week marks Diabetes Week, an annual highlight in the charity Diabetes UK’s calendar, which aims to raise awareness of the conditions and vital funds for their work. This year’s theme is Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes. In-keeping with the theme, we have delved into this condition to determine if you can reduce your risk, giving us the knowledge to ensure we minimise our chances of developing the condition. You can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. But around 3 in 5 cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives. How can I reduce my risk? Some of the risk factors for type 2...

Local school children donate their earnings to Alzheimer’s research as part of Dementia Awareness Week

May 14, 2017 5:11 pm

Last week, local child actors Jayda and Hassan last week starred in a short film commissioned by ourselves & produced by local production firm Crooked House Films. The film is being launched as part of the National Dementia Awareness Week (May 15th to 19th) and features the two children talking about dementia including interesting facts about the condition. The film ultimately points viewers to the charity Alzheimer’s Research. We decided to use local children to highlight the importance of education regarding the condition. Sadly the statistic show that the majority of the population will be affected by dementia in some way. Therefore it is essential that as a community we are equipped with the knowledge to become a dementia friendly...

Act FAST: Stroke Awareness Month 2017

May 2, 2017 2:04 pm

What is a stroke? A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain. A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate. What are the different types of strokes? Ischaemic stroke – This is the most common type and when there is a blockage that cuts of blood to the brain. Haemorrhagic stroke – This is caused by a bleeding around the brain Transient ischaemic attack or TIA – also known as a mini-stroke. It is...