Improvements to Rally Round

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Deep breath. We’ve just released an update to Rally Round. We now give you the option to have support tasks done by more than one person. To enable this feature select “Allow multiple people to do this” when setting up a new task. This should be really helpful for things like: “Play cards with Mary on Tuesday evening. Start 7pm”, or “Spend Saturday morning cleaning up John’s garden”. Other changes include: Noticeboard has been replaced by 2 new sections called Notes and Chats. There is now an option available in Account details section for users to “share my email address and phone number with other members of this network”. By…

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Getting thinner is not a normal part of ageing

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This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, raising awareness and celebrating food and drink as a way of maintaining health and wellbeing. However, a lot of people seem to think that weight loss is a natural part of ageing; it isn’t. According to Age UK’s Dianne Jeffrey “there is a perception that getting thinner is ‘normal’ in later life and that being overweight is more of a concern.” Loosing weight can be a symptom of undernourishment that is often missed in elderly people because they, or their carers believe it is normal. But this can not only lead to illness it can also delay or prevent recovery and rehabilitation. So what are…

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Dignity In Action

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Images of patients in corridors on trolleys, terrible news stories of care homes residents abused and neglected, overworked medical staff, lack of care assistants meaning home visits are down to just 15 minutes… These are the headlines that grab our attention, making us feel angry and upset and quite rightly so. Who’s fault is it? Who’s job is it to fix all this…. On 1st February – Dignity in Action Day – I’d like everybody to take a minute to stop and think about their own role in making sure everybody – every age, every background, every situation – is treated with dignity and respect. 83,816 people are registered as Dignity…

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Positive Minds – Socialising through technology

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We have something a little bit different for our first blog of the New Year. We are really pleased to share news of a successful lottery funding application for a super mental health organisation in Bradford. Rally Round will be included as part of the fantastic activity delivered under the new scheme, which focuses on improving ‘connectivity’ for older people in the District. The Chair of Positive Minds, Marilyn Foster, has worked tirelessly for many years raising awareness about depression and other mental health concerns for older people. She heads up a consortium of like-minded groups and charities that together form Positive Minds. The project was based on research showing…

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New website design is live

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Happy New Year. I hope 2017 will be a great year for you. We’ve been working on the new site design on and off for a few months and the new design went live just before Xmas. We’ve added more and better imagery and text on the homepage. We’ve also provided much more information via some secondary pages, including How Rally Round Works, Real Life Stories and and of course this blog section. I hope you like the changes. Please do leave some feedback. I’m sure we can make it even better.

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Carers’ A&E visits can be preventable… But how?

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“One in 10 unpaid carers who called 999 or took their loved one to A&E did so because they did not know where else to go, a report by Carers UK suggests. Their snapshot online survey also found that one in five used A&E because they could not get hold of a GP or district nurse. The charity said a lack of local care and support services was contributing to a rise in A&E visits.” (On the BBC website front page today – 30.09.16) (View article on the BBC website) Whilst I openly admit that I am a huge advocate of support for carers and always will be, I would…

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asking for help

If you want help, just ask. You might be surprised!

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For a lot of people, the idea of asking for help is daunting. We assume the person or people we ask will say no or that we are demanding too much of them. So we often don’t ask when we need help or wait till we are desperate. But are we right to be so worried? I’ve been thinking this over for a while now and doing a bit of Googling. Guess what, Francis Flynn and Vanessa Lake, two researchers in Psychology at Stanford University, have looked into this very question, with some interesting findings. In a paper, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in July 2008,…

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Take control of technology

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We are surrounded by technology, there is virtually nothing you cannot now do online… Well that is unless you can’t get online. Many people are still identifying barriers to their using technology – some valid, some myths, some nonsense – but why shouldn’t everyone be given the confidence and skills to make IT work for them. Cost, Safety/Security and Age can all be defended. Point blank refusal to learn (in the case of my step-father) is harder to challenge but the most worrying of all has to be – ‘I don’t need it’. There are too many things to list in life that we ‘don’t need’, that we have ‘managed…

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