• If you live with someone who has a severe mental impairment and there are no other adults in the home, you may be able to reduce your council tax bill by 25%.

    If you don’t live with the person with a severe m […]

  • This is the first piece of work by Rembrandt that we looked at on the art course run by Fiona Lucraft.

    This small work may be Rembrandt’s earliest self-portrait, made about 1628 when he was still living in his […]

  • Hi Anne,

    Your mother is very fortunate to have you step up to provide care for her. I hope she recognises it.

    It sounds as if your husband has reached the end of his tether, so is there any way to decrease his caregiving burden? Maybe you could have someone else stay at home with your mother at times–another family member if your siblings…[Read more]

  • This is the fourth experience Sally has shared with us about caring for her mother who suffered with dementia….

    It’s high time we got you some new shoes, I said to my mother. The words and the tone of voice w […]

  • Alison wrote a new post, Falls 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Losing balance and confidence in walking is a common problem as we get older. If a parent reaches the point where they start falling, it becomes a real worry—especially if they don’t live with us.

    My 95 yea […]

  • Financial fraudsters are clever and very believable but there are certain signs which should bring up red flags in your mind. Instinctively we know most of these but for many different reasons these warning signs […]

  • Alison wrote a new post, Art Classes 1 year ago

    Last year I went to some fabulous lectures to start learning about Art and the great artists. I enjoyed it so much that, at the end of the course, I asked the lecturer if she would write me a few articles so that […]

  • Tax Help for Older People is a charity service from Tax Volunteers that provides free, independent and expert advice and help for older people on lower incomes. (£20,000 gross per annum or less.)

    Their […]

  • Alison wrote a new post, Green Smoothies 1 year ago

    Green smoothies are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They can really perk you up when energy is flagging, or when you want to start the day with a bit of a boost.

    There are lots of quick recipes, and […]

  • Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup
    Serves 4
    Ready in 40 mins
    1 large potato
    1 large onion
    1litre of vegetable stock
    1 large head of broccoli 100g blue cheese
    1) First prepare all of […]

  • This is Sally’s third experience she has shared with us…

    Head down, feet a blur, I’m threading my way along a busy street. Out of my way, out of my way, I’m rushing, can’t you see?

    Tearing along, again […]

  • It is important that we look after our brains as, from the age of twenty, they begin to shrink by 2 to 3% in volume every ten years. So how can we best preserve the brain that we have with the food we eat?

    The […]

  • Taking regular exercise is good for your health, both physical and mental. Gyms, swimming, or sports clubs are great if you have the time, but they are not the only ways to get exercise and keep fit. As free time […]

  • This is the second experience Sally Hill has shared with us.


    One of Mum’s favourite pastimes is observing life from the windows of her second-floor flat. She only goes out if my sister or I take her, so lo […]




    We all want to make our money go as far as possible. Now that I have retired, I have really thrown myself into saving money. Here are 2 tips which you may (or may not!) find useful: […]

  • Alison wrote a new post, Dogs 1 year, 2 months ago

    The Benefits of Dogs (and other furry or feathered friends):- 

    I knew my 2 lovely dogs enriched my life with their unconditional love, but I was amazed to learn all about their health benefits. Dogs are so […]

  • Many benefits and entitlements are less well known but they can be life savers, so we don’t want you to miss out on them. They can be confusing as the rates of benefits, entitlements or concessions often change f […]

  • Alison wrote a new post, Compost 1 year, 3 months ago

    Compost for beginners

    I wasn’t looking forward to a lesson from my green fingered friend Paula on composting-  I shouldn’t have worried. Composting is not difficult and saves money!! Here are the tips I lear […]

  • Most of us learn to cook with our mothers. My Mother was a housewife during the war and one of her favourite sayings was “don’t waste electricity – make sure the oven is full”. On Sunday when she was cooking a […]

  • As caregivers we are exposed to the possibility of many upsetting and worrying situations by witnessing traumatic events happening to our loved ones. Events such as strokes, bedside vigils in hospital emergency […]

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