Resources for Older Adults
Free phone support for older people, 24 hours a day. Call on 0800 4708 090 or visit their web site.
Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We believe in a world where everyone can love later life and we work every day to achieve this. Call on 0800 169 2081 or visit their web site.
Dementia and Memory Problems
Memory loss is often thought to be an unavoidable part of ageing - in fact, from a medical point of view this is not believed to be the case.
If you or your friend or relative is struggling with their memory then please contact the surgery to discuss it. A diagnosis of dementia can be a very scary thought but there are lots of resources which are available to people with dementia which can help them manage, often in their own home. Medication does not reverse dementia but can slow its progress.
See here for further information about dementia.
The end of someone's life is incredibly important. Often we don't want to talk about death but it can be very helpful to know what someone's wishes are for where they might want to be and who they might want with them at the end.
Palliative care is the care we give to make sure that people can be comfortable and dignified in death. It requires a coordinated team approach, usually involving the GP surgery and District Nurses, in certain situations the specialist palliative care team based in the MacMillan Unit are also involved.
We can usually arrange all the resources needed to be in place at home for someone when they need it. It is important to have discussed what might happen in advance so that all the right preparation can be made.