How Google is Secretly Causing Dementia!

How Google is Secretly Causing Dementia!

There are many stories that appear each day stating what random thing can cause or increase the risk of dementia. Whether it’s eating a certain food or sitting a certain way, the majority of these can seem pretty ridiculous and should not be taken seriously. However, after reading a new article about the casues of dementia, I thought it would be quite interesting to shed light on a recent topic that has made the news.

Google causes dementia. Now I know what your thinking… How?! Well, it’s not as crazy as Google being an infection that comes through your keyboard and makes its way under your skin up to your brain. It is actually down to our constant dependency on this search engine – yes, a bit less terrifying thank goodness-

So, if you want to remember who the lead singer of The Killers is, what do you do? You Google it! That weird film with Jim Carey saving animals? You Google it! Even the name of the restaurant you went to a few months ago, you Google it! It has become second nature to no longer use our own memory to recollect these facts but instead the internet. So by us not frequently using out short/long term memory, we are effectively sending our brain into early retirement.

So I thought a way for us to get back into using our own private search engine, would be to set a challenge of 10 questions for you to answer WITHOUT using Google.

If you succeed with all these questions be sure to let us know – we will be very impressed- however there is no time limit for this challenge so even if it comes to you tomorrow, next week or even Christmas day, you cannot use the internet!

So here we go…

  • Which is the only American state to begin with the letter ‘p’?
  • Name the world’s largest ocean?
  • In “Thunderbirds”, what was Lady Penelope’s chauffeur called?
  • In which town is Fawlty Towers set?
  • What colour jersey is worn by the winners of each stage of the Tour De France?
  • Who played the first Doctor Who?
  • Who was Henry VIll’s first wife?
  • When did Margaret Thatcher become Prime Minister?
  • What is the series about LA lifeguards called?
  • Which is Britain’s oldest Sunday newspaper, published for the first time in 1791?

12 December 2017 0

Top Ten Presents for Someone with Dementia

Top Ten Presents for Someone with Dementia

So the first weekend of December is only a few days away and we all know what that means … Christmas shopping mayhem! That sudden realisation that it is now December and you have barley started buying presents, so what do you do? Run. To. The. Shops. However, Nudgu is hoping to relieve a little of that pressure for you this year…

It’s always a struggle finding the perfect gift for someone, but whether it’s your secret Santa or your loved one, a little research can make that decision a lot easier.

So, what gift do you get loved one who has Dementia? Well, Nudgu have scanned the internet and found (what we think) are the….

Top 10 best Christmas presents to give your loved one this year!
  1. Talking photo album

https://www.unforgettable.org/talking-photo-album

  1. Companion Pet

https://www.unforgettable.org/companion-puppies


  1. Call to mind conversation Game

https://www.unforgettable.org/call-to-mind-conversation-game

  1. Cosy Clothes

https://www.unforgettable.org/super-soft-fleecy-cape-pale-pink

 

  1. Fiddle Muff Comforter

https://www.unforgettable.org/buttons-beads-fiddle-muff-for-sensory-therapy

 

  1. Night light

https://www.completecareshop.co.uk/household-aids/night-lights-and-safety-lights/night-light-with-motion-sensor

 

  1. Custom CD of favourite songs

https://fye.playanywhere.com/

  1. Memory Phone

https://www.completecareshop.co.uk/sensory-aids/big-button-and-amplified-telephones/big-button-photo-telephone

 

  1. Memory Box

https://www.carewatch.co.uk/blog/how-to-create-a-dementia-memory-box/4273/

 

  1. Crosswords/Activity book

http://www.activitiestoshare.co.uk/large-print-puzzles-for-seniors

 

Let us know what gifts you choose to give this year, and of course how much your loved one enjoys them!

29 November 2017 0

Your Sofa Sunday

Your Sofa Sunday

Now, is there really a better way to spend a Sunday evening in winter than curled up with a blanket, watching TV? The answer is a of course no.

With the shorter days upon us, we need to take joy in the little things that winter offers us and one of those things is great TV. Now yes we can all feel a little guilty when spending a whole evening sitting on the sofa, but why not make this the perfect opportunity to invite your loved one over?

The miserable weather and dark evenings make it easy to loose the motivation to get out and about with your loved one. However don’t forget that whether its all the grandchildren or just you, socialising in a new environment can have great benefits, even if it is by just watching a film.

Soooo what do you watch on these Sunday evenings? Instead of searching through Netflix for 30 minutes and still not finding a film you all want to watch, I’ll save you some time.

Here are all of Sunday’s TV best bits, for you to enjoy with the company of your family, wrapped up in a blanket and snuggled of the sofa … guess winters not so bad after all!

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Despicable Me – itv 2 at 4:05pm
Evan Almighty – itv 2 at 6pm
 Pirates of the Caribbean – Channel 5 at 6pm
Countryfile – BBC one at 6:20pm
Blue Planet – BBC one at 8pm
Coastal Railways with Julie Waters – Channel 4 at 8pm
Nigel Kennedy at the BBC – BBC Four at 8pm
I’m a celebrity get me out of here – itv – 9pm
And of course between all of those there’s lots, and lots, and lots of Christmas films… enjoy!

20 November 2017 0

A Perfect Christmas, Brought To You by Nudgu

A Perfect Christmas, Brought To You by Nudgu

Now I don’t care if you are in denial, but since we are past Halloween, that officially means… the countdown to Christmas Begins! Yes okay it may still be 47 days away.. but for me, My Perfect Christmas begins a long time before then.

As you probably know, Nudgu is all about embracing the individuality of everyone’s lifestyle by allowing our service to be personalised by you! So why would Christmas be any different? We all have our own individual traditions in this festive period, and whether that’s a London Trip to see the lights, or a hot chocolate with the family on Christmas Eve, these are all our ingredients for the Perfect Christmas.

So it’s clear to say, the idea of a perfect Christmas is different to each and every one of us, so how great is it that Nudgu can help everyone achieve this? Nudgu can make sure you never forget to post that Christmas Card to Great Aunt Shirley, or to buy that ‘always out of stock Nutt Roast’ for Vegan Niece Anna.

So for all those Christmas ‘to do’s that you manage ‘to forget’, create your personalised Nudgu reminders, ensuing you remember everything you need for YOUR Perfect Christmas!

Here are some ideas for what to include in you Christmas Reminders –

Aaaaand Enjoy Your Perfect Christmas…

8 November 2017 0

Time to Celebrate the Spooktacular Halloween!

Time to Celebrate the Spooktacular Halloween!

It’s officially less than one week until Halloween! So as you know, we here at Nudgu are always looking for fun and innovative ways you can spend time with your loved one! So why not get into the spooky spirit and celebrate Halloween?

Whether it’s with all the grand children or just you, there’s tons of ways you can Celebrate Halloween this year, inluding costume competitions and Halloween bingo!

So here is some great ways to celebrate Halloween using both the mind and body!
  • Halloween games
  • Pumpkin decorating contest
  • Watching Halloween films
  • Discussing Halloweens stories
  • Trip to a pumpkin patch
  • Play Costume dress up
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Murder Mystery game
  • Baking pumpkin pie
  • Halloween Bingo

Getting your loved one involved in these activities is great for their physical and mental health! (especially if it includes socializing with new people) So despite the scariness of Halloween, we hope it brings you copious amounts of joy and you have a wonderful time celebrating!

If your loved one doesn’t enjoy Halloween, take a read of our previous blog to help support them around this time of year – http://nudgu.com/dementia-makes-halloween-extra-scary

25 October 2017 0

Have a Little, Patience…When It Comes to Dementia

Have a Little, Patience…When It Comes to Dementia

For some people, knowing how to speak to someone with dementia comes pretty naturally, but for others, it can be a bit trickier. Although the severity of dementia ranges widely, more often than not you need to up the care, patience and understanding when you are talking to someone with dementia.

 

If you are finding it hard to communicate with your loved one, you are not alone. Although with a little more research you can understand the techniques that will improve your communication and the quality of your relationship with your loved one.

So here are some top tips to help you by Family Caregiver Alliance.
  • Set a positive mood for interaction.
  • Get the person’s attention.
  • State your message clearly
  • Ask simple, answerable questions
  • Listen with your ears, eyes and heart
  • Break down activities into a series of steps
  • When the going gets tough, distract and redirect
  • Respond with affection and reassurance
  • Remember the good old days
  • Maintain your sense of humour

 

There is no getting away from the fact some days will be far more challenging than others. However by using these techniques you should be able to maintain a positive atmosphere with your loved one.

 

Remember to have a little Patience when they start to repeat themselves, after all, they had to read you the same storybook night after night when you were young.

Find out more information at – https://www.caregiver.org/caregivers-guide-understanding-dementia-behaviors

25 October 2017 0

Dementia Makes Halloween Extra Scary!

Dementia Makes Halloween Extra Scary!

So Halloween is right around the corner and despite all the fun of fancy dress and trick or treating, there is a slightly more serious issue to be spread when it comes to the elderly.

For and elderly person, Halloween can be a bit unnerving, but for those with dementia, its even worse. The mixture of scary costumes, unexpected visitors and eerie sounds, make Halloween a recipe for fear and anxiety, but we have some tips to help your loved one feel better this spooky seanson.

  1. Try to make sure your loved one is not alone this Halloween, whether it is your company or a carers, they will benefit a lot from having someone with them.
  2. Use Nudgu to remind them that it is Halloween. Set a reminder now for 31st of October at whatever time they may wake up, so they are prepared before stepping outside.
  3. If you live in a quiet area, leave a bowl of sweets on the porch with a note encouraging kids to help themselves. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, leave the porch light off to deter trick or treaters.
  4. If your loved one does not like the sound of loud noises, you may want to turn their music or TV show up higher to block out the sound of fireworks. The loud bang can be very unnerving for those with dementia especially if it brings back dark memories.
  5. Check what’s scheduled on their favourite TV channel that evening. TV programs can be quite gruesome around this time of year, so make sure their beloved Countdown isn’t then followed by Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
  6. Make sure you loved one avoids any places where you know people like to scare others around this time of year e.g town center.

Many elderly people enjoy Halloween, so if they do make sure you encourage them to hand out candy and get involved in the Halloween spirit!

Looking after someone at this time of year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy yourself. So with enough organisation we hope you enjoy your Halloween holiday too!

19 October 2017 0

Your Unforgettable Companion Puppy!

Your Unforgettable Companion Puppy!

I spent about 15 minutes yesterday just staring at my dog and realising just how much I love him. Not only because of his adorable face, but also for giving me that company I never realised I wanted. Having a pet to cuddle when you feel down, or talk to when your home alone (as crazy as you may look) is far more important than we realise. So why is it when elderly people need that company the most, they are unable to look after a pet themselves.

However when I found out about Unforgettable’s adorable range of Companion Puppies, I got a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. A companion puppy is a Realistically “breathing” pet that recreates nurturing feelings as well as comfCompanion Puppyort for your loved one. So by having a this puppy your loved one still has that company they need without the responsibility of a pet.

Here are some benefits of a Companion Puppy –

  • Realistic – When a real pet isn’t an option, the realistic breathing and appearance lets people have something to connect to.
  • Breathing – See the puppy gently breathing, just like if it was asleep.
  • Visual – Looks like a puppy, not like a toy.
  • Tactile – It has soft realistic fur and a weight similar to that of a real puppy.
  • Soothing – The Puppy may provide companionship for someone with dementia who loves cats or dogs.

Unforgettable have a huge range of Puppy breeds for you to choose from, as well as kittens for those cat lovers!

If you want to find out more on giving your loved one a companion puppy or kitten, click the link here- https://www.unforgettable.org/companion-puppy-shih-tzu

16 October 2017 0

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! How Can YOU Get Involved?

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! How Can YOU Get Involved?

So it is currently Breast Cancer Awareness month, meaning 31 days dedicated to supporting, remembering and raising awareness for breast cancer. Now we are edging closer to the half way mark you may be wondering what you can do for the next 19 days that will contribute to this month.

Here are some ideas from ‘Breast Cancer now’ on how you can get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Remember that no matter how big or small your contribution is, you can make a difference.

Be breast aware

If every woman regularly checked her breasts we could save 1,500 lives a year, but at the moment, less than half of all women in the UK don’t check regularly.

Find out more about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and learn what changes to look for.

Wear it pink – Friday 20 October 2017

Join us for this year’s wear it pink on Friday 20 October and help make life-saving research happen.

Find out more about wear it pink 2017.

Campaign with us

Our new policy report, Good Enough? Breast Cancer in the UK, has revealed opportunities are being missed to save more lives from breast cancer. You can help us fix that by joining our current campaign.

Shop and raise money for us

Our retail partners, including M&S, Debenhams and Asda, have put together some beautiful collections for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each piece carries a donation for Breast Cancer Now, so you can treat yourself and help fund life-saving research.

Breast cancer in men

While breast cancer is largely a female disease, breast cancer does affect men. Around 350 men are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Find out more about breast cancer in men.

Fundraise for us 

Put the ‘fun’ into fundraising while raising funds for vital breast cancer research this October. From organising a ball, to running in a marathon to creating an entirely new event of your own, we are with you every step of the way to ensure your event is a success.

Find out more about all the ways in which you can fundraise for us.

Remember someone you love

A Fund in Memory is a personal and very special online space, created by you in memory of your loved one. It gives you a page where friends and family can come together to share their fondest memories and raised money in your loved one’s name for breast cancer research.

Find out more about setting up a Fund in Memory.

Find out more about cancer awareness months through this calendar.

Breast Cancer Awareness 

12 October 2017 0

Activities For People with Dementia

Activities For People with Dementia

Finding ways to spend time with your loved one when they have dementia can  be difficult, as we often don’t know how they will react to what we plan. However a lot of the time these Activities require a trial and error process before you rediscover your favourite activity to do together.Activities

So if you are struggling with inspiration on what to do with your loved one, here are ten ideas on how you can spend the day with them.

  1. Play music to sing along to
  2. Work on puzzles.
  3. Reread their old favourite book
  4. Do arts and crafts, such as painting or knitting. Keep tools and patterns simple.
  5. Watch old home movies
  6. Clean around the house. Sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment.
  7. Reorganise house, especially if the person used to take pleasure in organisational tasks.
  8. Visit a botanical garden.
  9. Read the newspaper.
  10. Cook or bake simple recipes together.

3 October 2017 0

Keep Calm and Listen to Buddha

Keep Calm and Listen to Buddha

Inspiration is a funny thing, as the harder you force it the more it goes away. So when it feels like every ounce of inspiration you once had has somehow seeped out your body… what do you do?

Whether the inspiration your lacking is for creativity, work, or self-love we all need someone to offer us those sacred words of wisdom to bless us with a new lease of life.

Now if you fail to find someone that injects that passion back into you, or maybe your song inspo just isn’t doing it for you anymore, it’s time to say hello to Buddha.

Now I’m not a Buddhist but I can promise you that no matter what your situation or struggle, you will find a Buddhist quote that relates to you. One of our favourite quotes at Nudgu is…

What you think, you become.

 

What you feel, you attract.

 

What you imagine, you create. – Buddha

Buddha creates such a meaningful message but only to those who look deep enough for it, and to me, that is inspiration at its finest.

2 October 2017 0

Nudgu Can Melt Away Your Winter Worries

Nudgu Can Melt Away Your Winter Worries

When Winter comes around, there are many changes we make to our day-to-day routine that help the transition become that bit smoother. However whilst remembering these changes for yourself is a challenge, it’s even more important you remind your loved one to do this too!

Luckily Nudgu has your back this winter, as we have made a list of all the Nudgu reminders to be set for your loved one! You can even set them now in preparation for when winter is in full swing.

So here are your Nudgu Reminders to be set this Winter-

Flu Jab – Does your loved one need to get a flu jab? If so, it’s an easy thing to forget, so make sure you remind your loved one as soon as you can.

Put the Heating on – Remind your loved one that now it’s starting to get colder, having the heating to a comfortable temperature is essential for their wellbeing.

Turn the clocks back – It’s easy to miss out on when the clocks go back if you aren’t surround by the news, so make sure you remind your loved one before they get confused!

Make sure winter clothes are easily accessible – Whether they have a whole winter wardrobe or just a few jumpers, make sure your loved one can get to them nice and easily when they start to feel a little chilly.

Wear a wam coat outside – With having such a hot summer, your loved one may forget to wear their winter coat outside when really they should. So remind them to keep it on the coat hanger in preparation for those cooler days.

Make sure Outdoor lights are working – When the days start to get shorter, your loved one is a lot more likely to be walking in dusk/the dark. So make sure any steps outside there house are well lit to avoid any possible injuries.

28 September 2017 0

Awakening Playlist

Awakening Playlist

We all know the incredible effect music can have on us, and whether its evoking memories or emotion, listening to a certain song can change your mood instantly.

There are many studies that show listening to music can do wonders for those with dementia. Whether that’s bringing them out of their shell or taking them back to a memory they forgot, music can create serenity in a persons mind.

Now if you are very close to your loved one I’m sure you will have an ideas of the songs which will benefit them most, but if not, why not take a look at our Awakening playlist.

Try and play this playlist for your loved one either through headphones or a speaker and watch their response. Be sure to make sure the volume is right for them and avoid any advertisement interruptions as this can cause confusion.

Let us know how your loved one reacts to our Playlist, whether its reduced signs of agitation or singing and clapping, the beauty of music brings endless enjoyment.

Listen to Our Spotify Playlist

  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong |
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” performed by Judy Garland |
  • “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline |
  • “Hey There” by Rosemary Clooney |
  • “Singing in the Rain” performed by Gene Kelly |
  • “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin |
  •  “New York, New York” performed by Frank Sinatra |
  • “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles |
  • “Amazing Grace” performed by Celtic Women |
  • “Fly me to the moon” performed by Frank Sinatra
  • “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell |

Click the link here to listen to our Awakening Playlist –

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28 September 2017 0

You 1 – Loneliness 0 : How To Beat Loneliness

You 1 – Loneliness 0 : How To Beat Loneliness

If you have a loved one who lives alone, chances are that at some point or another they have felt lonely. However Loneliness is something, which can be beaten if you just give it a little attention.

So here are 6 ways you can help beat Loneliness with your loved one.

 

  • Maintain Frequent Contact – Even if it is just a phone call a week, make sure you are contacting your loved one on a regular basis, as they will really appreciate this interaction.

 

  • Hire someone to check in if you cant! – Physical interaction is clearly more beneficial than a phone call, but we understand this may not always be easy for you. So look into hiring a service that can check in on your loved one regularly and give them some physical interaction.

 

  • Ask them about their habits –Elderly people tend to develop a slight addiction when they feel lonely due to having so much free time, so why not pay an interest in this. Whether its trivia from their favourite show or game results from the lottery, they will love telling you all about it.

 

  • Teach them about basic technology – If you feel as though your loved one would benefit a lot through the use of facetime or even Netflix, talk to them about buying a piece to technology to help their loneliness. This will give them more to do during the day and have an easier way of contacting others.

 

  • Organise events to look forward to – Try to organsie an event regularly (e.g. every other week) that they can look forward to. Whether this is food shopping or taking a trip to London, having something planned will help when they feel lonely.

 

  • Try to socialise – Now this isn’t always the easiest but urging your loved one to socialise is really important. Have a look to see if there are any community clubs which your loved one can attend but if not, even going to the hairdressers will help them socialise with new people.

 

I hope these tips help you and by implementing them your loved one feels less lonely!

27 September 2017 0

International Cupcake Week!

International Cupcake Week!

Now if you don’t already know it is currently international cupcake week, which pretty much gives you the excuse to eat as many cupcakes as you wish…

However it could also be a great incentive to do some baking with your loved one! Baking is a great way of getting you loved one to be active without doing too much and having you there as support, your loved one will find baking very calming and therapeutic.

So why not find a time this week to follow this simple and straightforward cupcake recipe with your loved one. You can set aside a whole day or just an afternoon of baking, but either way we hope you enjoy all the yumminess that international cupcake week brings.

Here is a simple cupcake recipe by Annabel Karmel if you need-

Ingredients

  • 110 g butter, softened
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 110 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs and vanilla and add to the bowl. Beat until just combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  7. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

https://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/easy-cupcakes/

Be sure to send us pictures of the delicious cupcakes you make with your loved one!

20 September 2017 0

The Return Of Strictly

The Return Of Strictly

The return of strictly is back, so be prepared to fill your Saturday nights with glitz, glamour and some questionable dance moves. Strictly is the perfect family show to sit and watch on those cold Saturday evenings, curled up in a blanket.

Although the show’s main appeal is the competition factor, the reason Strictly is so well loved is through the relationship we as humans have with dance. Whether it’s through the happiness of watching others move to the music or the endorphins realised whilst bopping to your favourite song, there’s no denying that dance brings us so much happiness.

However dancing is as much used for the social aspect of meeting new people and it is for showing off your new moves. Many people nowadays will meet someone whilst dancing at a club or a party, which is not so different from back in the day, as many of our grandparents would have first met at a dance.

So why not invite your loved one over this Saturday night to watch strictly together, and you can reminisce on how they used to dance the night away. Maybe you will find out that your loved ones met at a dance, or even what song they danced to for the first time together!

Let us know what you think of Strictly so far and who your favorite is!

19 September 2017 0

Teach Your Senior How To Use Their Mobile Phone

Teach Your Senior How To Use Their Mobile Phone

Now I’m sure most of you have heard about the release of the new iPhone and more importantly the fact its costs $1000… but with this new iPhone will come a whole load of new features you will have to learn and get used to. Now for my generation the workings of this technology comes to us pretty naturally, but this isn’t the case for all of us.

Now recently my elder relatives have decided they would like to enter into the world of mobile phones, so with this of course comes about 101 questions on how exactly to work them.

So in light of my current situation that I’m sure many of you are going through too, here are my top 10 tips on teaching your loved on about their mobile.

  1. iPhone or Android? – Unless they already have history with android I would always choose iPhone. iPhone technology is far simpler to understand and get used to than android.

 

  1. See if they have any current knowledge of technology and try and to apply this to using an iPhone. This will make the whole process a lot easier than starting from scratch.

 

  1. Decide whether you will use Wi-Fi or Data, and teach them what to do if either one doesn’t work e.g. how to turn Wi-Fi back on.

 

  1. Only teach them what they need to know- Don’t start delving into the world of twitter or garage band, try to narrow the teaching to only what they will need e.g. Message, Call, Contacts, settings etc.

 

  1. Download any apps they will want to use, yourself. The iTunes/app store can be a bit tricky with seniors as it involves, payment, subscriptions and updates, which may confuse your loved one.

 

  1. Safety on iPhone- Seniors may find it unsettling having personal information on their mobile so try and keep the password game as simple as possible. If they feel more comfortable writing down their password to their phone then let them do so, as long as their phone doesn’t contain any credit card detail (which it shouldn’t).

 

  1. Reassure them they may not understand some tech words used on their phone and if you can, teach them the basics. e.g. cookies, URL, Data, 3G, Wi-Fi.

 

  1. Common Mistakes – We all make mistakes on our phone but we know how to rectify them. Simple mistakes like turning your phone on Airplane mode or turning the volume off can really confuse your loved one. So prepare them on what to do if this happens.

 

  1. Keep Calm when teaching your loved one about their mobile, although it can be frustrating; remember that they don’t have the same connection with technology as we do.

 

  1. Don’t be patronising- as well as being calm, don’t take it too far to the point where you sound overly patronising as this can be frustrating for your loved one and an adverse affect.

 

I hope these tips have helped you as much as me, and good luck on your tech teaching adventure!

18 September 2017 0

Dementia Care Tips on Getting a Good Night Sleep

Dementia Care Tips on Getting a Good Night Sleep

How to make sure your loved one is getting a good nights sleep.

  1. Hide any distractions that are used during the daytime.

 

  1. Check they have gone to the toilet before getting into bed

 

  1. Make sure the room is relatively dark but have a night light for if they need to get up for the toilet.

 

  1. Have a regular bedtime routine and stick to it as much as you can.

 

  1. Make sure they are actually tired before going to bed, to help this try to avoid more than one daytime nap.

 

  1. Mid afternoon they may show signs of tiredness and restlessness due to the light changes. This is a time they would benefit from a short nap.

 

  1. If they share a room with someone, do they feel comfortable doing so? If not this can have a big effect on their sleep quality and you may need to make changes.

Getting a good night’s sleep

14 September 2017 0

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Now since the sudden temperature drop in England, I think its safe to say it is officially the end of summer. BUT don’t let that sinking feeling of cold mornings and dark evening get you down. Before all that we still have the beauty that is autumn.

Personally, autumn is one of my favourite times of year; not only do you have some left over heat from summer, but also the joys of Halloween, bonfire night AND the countdown to Christmas… too soon? Anyway, with the rush of back to school and gloom of summer’s farewell, we must not ignore all that autumn brings to our lives.

So whether your walking down the street and appreciating those beautiful orange leaves, or purchasing your favourite Halloween movie! Lets all get into the spirit of autumn!

So goodbye summer breeze and hello autumn leaves….

12 September 2017 0

Raising Awareness!

Raising Awareness!

Raising Awareness is one of the most curial ways of inspiring people to speak out and receive help for problems they may be going through in their lives. Whether it’s Prince Harry or your neighbor next door, talking about issues helps break down the stigma around them and allow others to feel far less alone.

So with it being Alzheimer’s awareness month I think it’s important that more of us speak out about how Alzheimer’s has affected our lives. Now the phrase “a problem shared is a problem halved” doesn’t always apply to everyone, but it is true that sharing can help reduce feelings of stress anxiety and even depression.

When the Royal Family spoke out about creating awareness for mental health the positive effects were overwhelming. By having such influential people talk about their personal experience with mental health was really comforting to those who are battling it. It truly delve into the realisation that no matter how “put together” or “perfect” some may present themselves as, you have no idea what they could really be going through.

So why don’t you try sharing your experience with Alzheimer’s to friends or family when you feel ready. Bottling up these emotions will never help, but by talking about your struggles it creates Awareness for those who are also going through a hard time.

So lets get talking…

11 September 2017 0

Documenting Alzheimer’s Journey through Instagram

Documenting Alzheimer’s Journey through Instagram

Oh social media, how you often flood us with unattainable images of bikini models, million dollar businessmen and “perfect” relationships. It seems as though we forget platforms like Instagram and twitter where not created to make us feel inadequate but to inspire us to share and discover … and this is exactly what Mariel Kirton has accomplished.

Mariel Kirton has embarked on a beautiful journey of capturing her Dad’s daily life since he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 52. Her most popular post has been of Ray Kirton’s showing off his dance moves whilst humming along and laughing out loud with his family. The post was accompanied by a heart warming description- ‘Dad still absolutely loves listening to music and reacts so well to it. He tried to sing but can’t usually get the lyrics, but he’s always humming, dancing or saying, “this is a brilliant one”.’

Mariel does a great job at showing the humorous side of Alzheimer’s, by helping others see it’s far better to take it in your stride and often have a laugh with your loved one. In one of her posts she shows that her Dad had been doing some dusting – “Mum may have to go around correcting things, but it’s so good to get him to do things that make him feel useful and give him a sense of achievement’. Mariel gives great examples of sharing her dad’s enjoyment in situations that aren’t always real but bring him great happiness, just like thinking he is the presenter of the entertainment show he’s watching!

Mariel also ran in the Plusnet Half Marathon in Leeds last May, and she managed to raise a huge £2,194.00 for Alzheimer’s Research which surpassed her target of raising £1,000. She posted – “Thank you so much to everyone who has sponsored so far. please support this amazing cause if you haven’t already – for my amazing Daddy and people just like him.”

 

Check out Mariel’s inspiring Instagram account at – ‘endalzheimers_ray’

6 September 2017 0

Back to School Madness!

Back to School Madness!

Yes, I know, the summer holidays have already come to an end. It’s time to welcome back those pack lunches, homework troubles and my personal favourite, school morning traffic…

However lets strip away the sarcasm for a minute and focus on the positives of this new academic year. We can now get back into the routine that we all know we secretly missed, ferrying the children to and from school or sitting round the dinner table hearing their stories about what they learnt in history class. Whatever it is that contributes to your school-day routine, welcome it back with open arms and acknowledge the fact that you actually, kind of, sort of missed it.

Now the biggest change of going back to school will not be easy, as we all know we have to say goodbye to any free time we have had in out day over summer. This free time will now be filled with doing the school run, washing school uniforms checking in on loved ones and just trying to fit your day’s work around this.

However this is exactly what Nudgu was created for, as being a sandwich carer means you have even less time for yourself (than you already do). So allow me to give you some peace of mind. If you’re Mum, Dad, or Auntie has become more reliant on you over these summer months, you are probably worried that now life is getting busier you wont have as much time for them. Nudgu is here to support your loved one whilst still allowing you to get on with your very busy day. As a sandwich carer you wish you could be in two places at once, and with Nudgu you can!

So lets embrace our Back to School Routine, as we all know the Christmas Holidays will be here in the blink of an eye!

5 September 2017 0

Why You Should Make a Memory Box

Why You Should Make a Memory Box

Dementia can take away some of our best memories, and as a friend or family member, it is extremely hard to watch someone you love go through that. However, making a Memory Box can help evoke the memories of people and events from their past, triggering a reminiscent conversation with a loved one.

A Memory Box can contain anything that has sentiment so this could be a picture, old perfume, or even a toy from their childhood. It is important when creating a memory box you take time deciding which items to choose as some will have a far more positive affect than others.

Now here are 5 reasons from ‘alzheimers.net’ as to why you should create a Memory Box for your loved one.

  1. Exercise, touch and other senses used in the creation of a memory box will become more important for a loved one to rely on as Alzheimer’s progresses.
  2. Fond memories of a senior’s history, personal interests and youth can be explored.
  3. Memory boxes can inspire conversation with caregivers, children or grandchildren.
  4. More insight into your loved one and their past will be gained. When you search for keepsakes to include in a memory box, you may find special items you did not realize the senior still had or was interested in.
  5. Spurred creativity from the creation of a memory box. The senior may be inspired to create another box about a different life event or memory.

http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-02-06/memory-boxes-for-patients/

Have you been inspired to create a Memory box? If you are struggling to decide what to put in it, here are some ideas!

  • Newspaper clippings
  • Old family photo
  • A Letter
  • Special jewelry
  • Perfume
  • Diary
  • Holiday mementos
  • Postcards
  • Drawings from children/grandchildren
  • Dried flowers
  • Christmas cards
  • Certificate or medal from past achievements
  • Favourite piece of clothing

Make sure you are there when your loved one opens their memory box, and ask them to tell you what memory each item brings. Not only does this allow you to engage with them by reminiscing but it may also evoke a memory you never knew about.

Have you created a memory box? Let us know what you have/ wish to include in your memory box for your loved one!

1 September 2017 0

Describe Your Loved One In 6 Words

Describe Your Loved One In 6 Words

If someone asked what you could say in 6 Words what would be your answer? Most people would probably reply “Anything? 6 Words is a lot” and you’re right. But, are six words enough to describe your loved one?

We want to challenge you to describe your Mum, Granddad, Sister, Auntie or even family friend in just 6 Words! Yes it might not be the most stereotypical way of saying how much you care, but it’s far more unique and personal!

It’s important to show you care for the people around you and although we might not have time to acknowledge this everyday, let this be a fun way of showing how special they are to you!

So go ahead and try the 6-word challenge!

Let us know how you found describing your loved one in 6 words was for you!

31 August 2017 0

Saying Goodbye and Dealing with Change …

Saying Goodbye and Dealing with Change …

Saying goodbye is always hard, and whether it’s to your family pet, or the heat of summer, by saying farewell it inevitably brings change.

Change is one of the hardest things us as humans learn to deal with and although it comes easier with age, some change can still scare us to the core. However as we grow we come to terms with the fact that as much as we want to, we cannot control change.

It’s hard to accept but it is the truth, so holding on to a time in your life for too long or panicking about what will happen when change strikes is completely and utterly useless! Now I am in no way saying I have the art of “going with the flow” down to a T, but when you stop being so afraid of change, it becomes easier to handle.

Even though you may be sat there thinking “well some changes are far more easier to deal with than others?” and yes you are completely right. But the point it to allow your self to live in the present despite knowing some changes may be just around the corner.

The beauty of being human is we can experience thousands of wonderful days, moments, weeks all with the knowledge of knowing it won’t last forever. But diving into these moments worry-free is what makes them so fantastic. So lets replicate this feeling of being care free for areas of our lives where these worries are more evident.

Change is coming, and it maybe something incredible or it maybe not, but either way we will never be able to predict it.

So live fearlessly, and you will become fearless.

30 August 2017 0

“In a World Where You Can be Anything, be Kind”

“In a World Where You Can be Anything, be Kind”

There have been some awful things happening in the world these past few months, and although some have been closer to home than others, it’s brought great sadness to the world.

Although Nudgu hasn’t always commented on these events, we want you all to know that our love and prayers are forever with those who have been affected.

Our world can bring us endless amounts of love, but sadly we are also living alongside those filled with hate.

However, we at Nudgu want everyone to know…

“In a World Where You can be anything, be Kind”

23 August 2017 0

Last Summer Bank Holiday! How Will You Spend It?

Last Summer Bank Holiday! How Will You Spend It?

So, as much as we are all denying it, the summer is sadly coming to an end. But just before you say good-bye to your BBQ, or pack away your summer clothes, we still have one last Summer Bank Holiday weekend on its way!

Now I hope you have all already made plans but if you haven’t… don’t worry! Nudgu is here to give you some great ideas on how to spend your last Summer Bank Holiday weekend.

 

1 Go on a family picnic!

Get everyone involved and relish in the last of the summer sunshine.

 

2 Throw a dinner party!

Invite friends, family, whoever? And celebrate the extra day off work altogether.

 

3 Have a mini get away..

Now this doesn’t work for everyone, but sometimes the more impulsive the decision the more fun it turns out to be…

 

4 Car boot sale!

What better way to spend your bank holiday than making some extra cash, right?

 

5 Go to a Safari!

Experience some wildlife this bank holiday by visiting the Zoo.

 

6 Museums?

Squeeze some historical education into summer just before school starts by taking a trip to the natural history museum.

 

7 Absolutely nothing…

Spend your weekend lounging on your sofa and catching up on your favourite TV shows… because lets be honest, how often can you do that?

 

Most importantly, have a great Bank holiday weekend whatever you end up doing!

22 August 2017 0

Top 10 Tips on Caring for Someone with Dementia

Top 10 Tips on Caring for Someone with Dementia

Whether it’s for you, your friend or another family member, we all need a little advice on the best way to speak to someone with dementia. So hopefully these tips will give you an insight on what/what not to say to someone with dementia.

  1. Smile!
  2. Introduce yourself so they know who you are
  3. Get to know a bit about them/ their background
  4. Never Argue or raise your voice
  5. Speak clearly so they can understand you and don’t get confused
  6. Keep Sounds Soft
  7. Avoid really busy places
  8. Consider your safety as well as there’s
  9. Encourage them to take part in activities
  10. Show appreciation if they helped you in anyway

Have these tips helped you? Let us know!

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17 August 2017 0

The Importance of Routine in Daily Life… Especially with Dementia!

The Importance of Routine in Daily Life… Especially with Dementia!

We all have a Routine in life, whether it’s for your week day mornings, fitness regime or even dinnertime. Having a structure in life keeps us in control and motivated to get things done and achieve more. However routine is also considered as being comforting, as we tend to stick to what we know, so when something breaks our schedule we can feel a little lost.

We all know that when we go on holiday, at first the thought of waking up whenever you choose and having no agenda to follow seems luxurious. However after a week or so you start to miss the feeling of structure to your day and the sensation of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Now if your loved one has dementia you may be aware of the heightened need for a routine when it comes to day to day life. Those with dementia find great comfort in following the same pattern each day and if anything disturbs this, they become worried and or distressed.

It is impossible to keep everyday the exact same when caring for a loved one with dementia but Nudgu does allow you to reinforce a routine into their lives when you aren’t their. By setting Nudgu reminders for when to take their medication, have dinner or even to shower, you allow them to keep a routine without having to rely on themselves to remember.

By creating this routine, each day with dementia seems a lot less scary, as your loved one is comforted by knowing what the day in tails.

We all need a routine in our life, so why should someone with dementia be the exception?

16 August 2017 0

How to Avoid a Caregiver Burnout!

How to Avoid a Caregiver Burnout!

We can all get weighed down with the stress of caring for others, especially when your loved one isn’t getting any better. So ‘Dementia Today’ has given you pointers on what to look out for when experiencing a Caregiver Burnout and ways to avoid this.

How to Spot Burnout

When your responsibilities start to overwhelm you, you may feel:

  • More frustrated and impatient
  • Exhausted
  • Teary
  • Discouraged
  • Less hungry or more hungry
  • Less pleasure in things you used to enjoy

If you feel this way, it’s crucial you recognise these feelings and take some time out for yourself.

If your loved one is starting arguments and living in the past it’s important to remember that this is their dementia talking, not them. So try not to argue with her, even when you know she’s not right.

 

Take Care of Yourself Too

  • Keep up with your own medical care.
  • Exercise daily, even if it’s just a 20-minute walk.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Spend time with people you like.
  • Consider talking with a counsellor about what’s going on and how you’re doing.

 

Ask for Help

Then lastly, if you feel as though you need help, do not be afraid to ask for it! Whether it’s a friend, a family member or a care service, it is important to identify when you need a hand as this can be the main way of avoiding a caregiver burnout.

Find out more at – http://www.dementiatoday.com/what-you-can-do-to-avoid-caregiver-burnout/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost

15 August 2017 0

Fabulous Forgetful Friends – New Exhibition

Fabulous Forgetful Friends – New Exhibition

“New exhibition by Fabulous Forgetful Friends explores the lived experience of dementia and focuses on the positives”

There is a new exhibition-taking place in Manchester named ‘Beyond Dementia’ which has been created by (thee amazingly named) ‘Fabulous Forgetful Friends’. Fabulous Forgetful Friends is a not-for-profit community interest project based in Manchester. Their aim is to offer a place for people who want to talk about living with dementia, to each other and to professionals.

The Beyond Dementia exhibition includes artworks created by a group of people living with dementia, shown alongside the pieces from the Whitworth’s art collection. The aim of this exhibition was to create art inspired by the true-life experiences of those with dementia, whilst looking past the sadness and emphasising the positives.

“When we speak of dementia we often speak of loss: the loss of memory, the decline in physical functioning, and the progressive loss of self. This view can lead to a further and more problematic loss, the loss of voice, as the stories of people living with dementia are too often ignored. http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/beyond-dementia-new-exhibition-explores-the-lived-experience-of-dementia/

The exhibition runs until 17 September 2017 so make sure you check it out!

For further details visit manchester.ac.uk/whitworth.

All images copyright of Beyond Dementia, 2017, and courtesy of The Whitworth / The University of Manchester

8 August 2017 0

Spread the Word of Nudgu Today!

Spread the Word of Nudgu Today!

Has Nudgu helped you? Have we relieved stress from your life? Yes? Well then spread the word!

We all know how great it is to find a helping hand in life that actually works, so why not share it with others who are in the same boat as you. We at Nudgu want to assist as many people/ family’s as possible and with your help we can!

We would love to hear your stories of how Nudgu has provided support in giving your loved one independence as sharing stories like yours will inspire others to receive help from us!

So make sure you are telling your friends, family and co-workers how Nudgu has worked for you and hopefully we can be that helping hand they need.

Not everyone is able to see the work Nudgu does to help improve your life, so we ask for you to spread your positivity of Nudgu.

If you believe in Nudgu like we do, show your support by telling a friend today, thank you.

7 August 2017 0

9 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

9 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Sometimes dementia can spring up on us at any time, and whilst we still don’t have a cure, it’s comforting to know you can take precautions to help stop the chnace of dementia affecting you.

Here are 9 ways to reduce the risk of dementia:

  • Staying in school until you’re at least over the age of 15
  • Reducing hearing loss
  • Reducing obesity in mid-life (ages 45 to 65)
  • Reducing high blood pressure in mid-life (ages 45 to 65)
  • Reducing smoking
  • Reducing depression in later life (65 and older)
  • Reducing physical inactivity in later life (65 and older)
  • Reducing social isolation in later life (65 and older)
  • Reducing diabetes in later life (65 and older)

Taking care of these nine risk factors could possibly prevent 35% of dementia cases.

I hope this list gave you some inspiration on how you can take action when it comes to preventing dementia!

3 August 2017 0

A Wish Come True for One Man with Dementia

A Wish Come True for One Man with Dementia

It’s very easy to get swallowed down in all the negativity of Dementia , and feel like you will never see your loved one as happy as they once were. But today I’m going to change that mindset and show you dementia should not deprive you of all happiness.

A former boat engineer with dementia has been given the chance he always dreamed of, which was to return to the seas!

Ken Reece was given the chance to drive a boat once again whilst he sailed across the water, remembering his time as a boat engineer. This is all thanks to the help of a care home in Jersey who try to grant the wishes of those they care for!

The look of pure happiness on Ken’s face was priceless and you can see just how much being back in the water meant to him.

If you want to see Ken living his dream of driving on a boat again, then click the link here – http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2017-07-28/a-wish-come-true-for-one-man-with-dementia/

I hope I have inspired you to continue living your life in spite of the impact dementia has upon it. We all have our dreams and dementia should not take these away from us. If your dream is feasible enough, do it, your life belongs to you, and not dementia.

2 August 2017 0

Family Picnic

Family Picnic

So the sun has really been blessing us with good whether these past few weeks, and in order to make the most of it, why not organise a family picnic!

A picnic is the perfect way to spend time with your loved one who isn’t physically able to be involved in some of your other outdoor activities this summer.

So in order for you to plan this family day in the sun, here is a list of all you need for the best picnic!

Picnicking Equipment:

  • Large blanket or mat for sitting and ;lounging.
  • Portable/foldable chairs.
  • Portable table (if the area has no picnic table available).

Picnic Utensils and Packing:

  • Disposable plates, cups, and cutlery.
  • Plastic containers and bags for food storage.
  • Trash bags.
  • Napkins and paper towels.

Personal Necessities:

  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Bottled Water
  • Hats and sunglasses for additional sun protection.
  • Sweatshirts and jackets during colder seasons and cooler days.
  • Bug spray/Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer

Eating Essentials:

  • Sandwiches, subs, or wraps
  • Snack foods like chips, crackers, pretzels, or other munchies
  • Salads
  • Fresh veggies
  • Dips and spreads
  • Fresh fruit

https://checklist.com/picnic-checklist/

 

    1 August 2017 0

    Summer Holidays Spent With Loved Ones

    Summer Holidays Spent With Loved Ones

    Yes, that’s right, the summer holidays have sprung on us once again and we can say goodbye to that “school rush hour traffic”… for now.

    However the summer holidays to me always remind me of travelling down to sunny Kent and visiting my grandparents. As much as I wanted to spend time with my friends, I wouldn’t of changed that week of bike rides and walks to the local pub for anything.

    Now I know you are probably reminiscing on all those precious childhood memories of visiting your Aunt Jo or Great Granddad over the summer. But what I’ve realised growing up is that the time we spend with our loved ones in those early years are so much more important than we realise. As you grow and your loved ones age, you see how vital the time you have now to spend with them is, but building your relationship at 17 years old is far harder than at 3.

    To have the memories of you as a baby or when they were able to pick you up and spin you round is something that holds a special place in your loved ones heart and a bond they will cherish forever. So when you grow and look back on those pictures, you see just how influential they were in your life and how some of your best childhood memories were spent in their company.

    So despite their being many fun ways to spend your summer holidays this year, make sure you fit in those precious family trips down to Granddads. As even though you children may not appreciate it as much now, in years to come we all wish nothing more than to go back and relive those precious 4 days with your family back in sunny Kent.

    31 July 2017 0

    Being Out of Touch – Wi-Fi FREE!

    Being Out of Touch – Wi-Fi FREE!

    Imagine… you have to spend a whole week in a location with no Wi-Fi, Internet or signal… is that a dream or a nightmare?

    As someone’s whose job is purely done using Internet, I have to say when my family holiday to Scotland turned out to be an internet free week, I was a little worried.

    Luckily, I had no work to get done but the realisation of not being able to speak to friends, check Instagram or watch Youtube was rather unsettling to me. It’s safe to say that after the first full day of being internet/signal free I was shocked at just how often I checked on my phone. Whether it was first thing in the morning or last thing at night, I must of checked my phone over 30 times only to see the same blank home screen.

    It seemed that even though I knew I had no signal I still needed the comfort of having my phone with me at all times as checking it was a habit I could not let go of. However after the second day, I got used to not being able to speak to or check on social media what others were doing, and finally decided to embrace it … and oh did I love it.

    I felt this massive weight lifted off my shoulder that I didn’t have anyone to reply to, compare myself to or just simply speak to. I was able to leave my phone in my room and forget about it for the whole day and just enjoy the physical company of my family and my surroundings.

    Now I’m not saying this is something I have carried on since my return home (as that would be impossible) but I feel so much more refreshed that I took that time out from constantly being on my phone or laptop.

    I highly suggest to you and your family to take a trip away where there is limited Wi-Fi and signal, especially if you have teenagers! Yes there will be moaning at the start but it’s time we fight this anxiety of needing to know what everyone else is doing every second of the day!

    The connection we have with technology is amazing, but sometimes we all need a break to live in the moment, right here, right now and after my week away I will be finding any excuse to do this more often.

    27 July 2017 0

    Having a Bad Day? Let’s Change That!

    Having a Bad Day? Let’s Change That!

    We all have a bad day now and again, and if today is that day… well I’m glad you decided to click on this blog.

    I want to give you 7 things to remember whenever you are having a bad day and hopefully it will inspire you to carry on and push through.

    So here we go…

    No one promised life would be perfect.

    “Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection” – Kim Collin

     

    There is a lesson in every struggle.

    “No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better” – Unknown


    Success doesn’t happen overnight

    “The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held it’s ground” – Unknown

     

    No one’s life is as picturesque as it looks.

    “Social media has created jealous behavior over illusions. Sadly some are envious of things, relationships & lifestyles that don’t even exist.” – Unknown

     

    It’s okay to cry sometimes

    “Sometimes you just need a good cry. Even if you don’t know the reason why you’re crying.” – Unknown

     

    It takes courage to ask for help.

    “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it. – Ziad K. Abdelnour

     

    You deserve love and happiness

    “Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people” – Meir Ezra

     

    And finally from us here at Nudgu, Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom” – Marcel Proust

    26 July 2017 0

    Our Assistive Technology is your Helping Hand!

    Our Assistive Technology is your Helping Hand!

    As you already know, Nudgu is all about reminding your loved one. Reminding them to go to the doctors, reminding them to take their medication or just reminding them you love them. Our assistive technology wants to be your helping hand, so we have created examples for all the things your loved one may forget to do in their day-to-day life…

    • Taking their medication
    • Cooking their dinner
    • Going to bed at 9’oclock and not falling asleep on the sofa
    • Feeding their pet
    • Appointment at the hairdressers
    • Reminding them the electrician will be over at 1pm
    • To write their Grandchild a birthday card
    • Going to their doctors appointment
    • Turning their oven off after dinner

    Assistive technology

    Assistive technology

    Now if you’re loved one often needs reminding of any of these things or they are often a concern of yours then Nudgu is made for you!

    Download Nudgu today – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/nudgu-reminders/id1065969940?mt=8

    6 July 2017 0

    Easy Meals for Elderly

    Easy Meals for Elderly

    Anyone who has and elderly family member is always concerned as to whether they are eating enough/ sufficiently and without taking a sneaky look at their shopping list its hard to know!

    So here are Nudgu’s top tips/ easy meals for your loved one to enjoy!

    Ready meals

    Now despite certain opinions there is nothing wrong with a ready meal, they are quick, easy and if you choose the right ones can be very healthy!

    Fish Pie

    Just pop it in the oven and enjoy the delicious creamy pie (with lots of protein in!)

    Salmon Parcels

    Easy to make but very nutritious!

    Fish and Chips

    A classic meal to have on a Friday night, and easy to prepare!

    Prawn Pasta

    Flavorsome and easy to prepare

    Ratatouille Pasta

    A dish with no meat but tons of vegetables to provide vitamins and minerals for immunity.

    Lentil Curry

    A low fat source of protein, which is easy and simple to make!

     

    So I hope I haven’t made you too hungry… but if you were inspired to make any of these meals be sure to let us know how they went!

    5 July 2017 0

    Brain Training App helps Dementia?

    Brain Training App helps Dementia?

    Now I like to think of ‘Nudgu’s blog’ as a little community we have going on, and just like I would with friends, I like to share things that I find interesting, to could hopefully help some of you. Now what I say won’t always be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay, but if I can offer advice to at least one of you who needs help with dementia, I will be more than happy.

    So when I came across a new brain training app that improves memories of people with early-stage Dementia, I instantly wanted to find out more! Now it seems everyday something new pops up which claims to “stop dementia” and whether that’s certain foods, a type of exercise or even vitamin D we can never be to sure how much of a difference these really make.

    However this new brain training computer game developed by British neuroscientists is shown to improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia and can even allow patients to avert some symptoms of cognitive decline.

    Now there is a lot of “sciency” background stuff to this with many words I honestly don’t understand but this “game show” styled app has show that within just 1 month of playing it, people memories have increased by 40%!

    Now obviously this App does not cure or prevent dementia but just like Nudgu it uses technology to simply help those with dementia and improve their everyday life by giving them more independence.

    So many people are finding new ways to help with dementia, and with all this medical and technological research we are moving closer and closer to a cure for dementia.

    4 July 2017 0

    Emotions Run High on Loose Women

    Emotions Run High on Loose Women

    No matter who you are, dementia can affect anyone, and although some days will be better than others, any experience with this cruel disease will always be painful to reflect upon.

    This was the case for the nations well loved ‘This Morning’ and ‘Loose Women’ host Ruth Langsford. Whilst hosting the show last Tuesday she was unable to hold back the tears following a Loose Women pre-recorded interview with Englebert Humperdinck, whose wife Patricia is battling Alzheimers.

    It was hard to watch as Ruth couldn’t even finish her sentence and turned to costar Coleen to help explain that the heart break her and her mother felt while her farther battled dementia was awful.

    After the show Ruth posted a short video to social media explaining why the emotions ran so high saying “I love taking about my dad, but sometimes it just gets to me”. She described how some days she can speak about him and his battle in great detail where as other days (like today) she finds it incredibly hard. The truth in this statement is so relatable as everyone has those days were things hit them that bit harder especially when it comes to family.

    Ruth received a lot of support through social media after this and many people thanking her for being so open about her feelings on Loose Women. It was reassuring to see such a powerful woman express that some days she is more vulnerable to her emotions than others, and more importantly that this is normal!

    “Feelings are visitors, let them come and go” – Mooji

    3 July 2017 0

    Need Help with Dementia? Give Nudgu a Go

    Need Help with Dementia? Give Nudgu a Go

    Do you need help with dementia? Is caring for your loved one getting too stressful? Allow our assistive technology to help relieve that stress and stop dementia taking over both your lives.

    Nudgu Reminders is an easy to use App which allows you to set reminders to be sent to your loved one’s home phone at any time you have scheduled. These reminders can be for a one off doctor’s appointment or a repeating reminder for medication.

    Nudgu reminder’s is a unique service that helps sandwich carers be in two places at once. You can pick up the kids from school whilst knowing your mum is taking her medication when she needs to.

    Watch our simple demo on how to work Nudgu Reminders here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvpyRq4RjAQ

    Our assistive technology could help eliminate the stress in your life, you need to give it a go for yourself and see the positivity Nudgu brings to your life.

    29 June 2017 0

    Exam Stress… for Parents!

    Exam Stress… for Parents!

    The pressure that comes with exams these days is somewhat overwhelming and can really impact your child’s confidence. These past few weeks would be tough for any child sitting exams and with the stress looming over them on whether they will pass, fail or get into university, it’s no wonder they feel pressure.

    However it seems that this stress can also branch out to the parents of these children. It’s said that nearly a quarter (24%) of British parents polled for 5 live said the pressure of their children’s exams had affected their own mental health. Many parents say they lost sleep worrying about their children’s exams, or felt like they couldn’t offer enough help to their child with revision.

    This combined stress is incredibly common but it’s important to separate your own stress and fears from your childs. However there are particular reasons you might feel stressed, but hopefully Nudgu can help with this.

    Lack of Revision

    If you are feeling worried about the lack of revision your child is doing for their exams, it’s important you talk to them as to why this is. Maybe they feel unmotivated at home or they are really struggling to understand the subject and need some extra help. Either way, the best thing to do in this situation is urge your child to attend afterschool revision sessions, as this is a more personal and intense revision time than a typical lesson.

    Unable to help

    If you are feeling worried and guilty about how you can’t help your child with their work… don’t. You are not supposed to teach your child, if they have a problem they can ask their teacher and get the specified information they need. Revision is going over what they have already learnt and as long as you provide a calm home environment for them to do this, you are doing great.

    Putting Pressure on your child

    If you are worried you are putting to much pressure on your child, then take a step back and evaluate how you would want to feel in their position. As a parent you want to make your child feel confident and prepared for their exam and the best way to do this is show your confidence in their ability. My parents used to always say to me “as long as you have tried your best, that’s the best you can do” which is the perfect ratio of inspiring them to do well for themselves, but not adding pressure from you.

    Exams are a horrible time for everyone, but they don’t last forever, so relax and follow our exam de-stressing tips.

    Good luck everyone

    28 June 2017 0

    Secret Talents

    Secret Talents

    You know, we can sometimes forget that the elder generation were not always “old” and they weren’t born at the age of 70.. funnily enough! It’s easy to overlook the fact that they were once 18, and despite life being pretty different back then, they still experienced the fun and excitement of their youth just like we all have.

    However, did you ever think that your Mum, Granddad or Great Aunty had a talent that you may never of been aware of? It may have been something they loved to do in their younger years but couldn’t carry it on into their old age. I know that it wasn’t long ago I found out my Granny used to have the most beautiful voice when she sang, sadly I was never able to hear it but by knowing this I have a lovely idea in my head of what it would of sounded like.

    So take this opportunity to find out what your loved ones secret talent was, whether it’s dancing, ice-skating or even just playing chess. Either way it’s fascinating to find out these hidden talents of our loved ones and build a more vivid picture of them when they were young.

    So go on and spend sometime finding out the secret talents of your loved one, we would love to know what you find out and who knows, you may share the same secret talent…

    26 June 2017 0

    Dance and Dementia

    Dance and Dementia

    We all know the magic of dance, and whether you are an experienced ballerina or just enjoy a boogie every Friday night, the adrenaline rush of dancing to our favourite song is a feeling we never want to forget.

    So why would this be any different for someone in their old age or one who has dementia? Who knows, they may have been the life and soul of the party and owning the dance floor back in their day.

    Now I’m not saying to take your Gran out clubbing with you, but there are plenty of ways to get your loved one out dancing and enjoying themselves. Take a read of these dance driven organisations and see if any would benefit your loved one.

     

    The joy and freedom of dance

    Gwen Korebrits, Amy Gajjar and Sarah Palmer introduce Dancewise, a movement program suitable for people at all stages of dementia living in care homes. Dancewise allows dance teachers to go into residential care homes to run the classes, with the help of care staff, as well as offering them training in facilitating the dance sessions.

    To find out more click here – http://journalofdementiacare.com/the-joy-and-freedom-of-dance/

     

    Arts Council England

    DanceEast has launched its first Dance for Dementia programme, offering classes for people living with early stage Dementia and their carers.For a couple of hours each week, those living with Dementia and their carers get to dance their away from their day-to-day lives. DanceEast‘s ‘Dance for Dementia’ classes create a safe and relaxed space in which everyone can have fun and be creative.”

    Find out more here – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/supporting-people-dementia-through-dance

     

    Best of Sitting Dances Kit

     Best of Sitting Dances is a ‘Life. Be in it’ program encouraging gentle movement to music from a chair sitting position. This programme is designed for people with limited mobility, with 13 dances ranging from slow and rhythmic to faster, more exuberant there is a dance for everyone. It is a fun and interesting alternative to encourage movement for those who cant attend regular dancing classes.

    You can purchase Best of Sitting Dances Kit online.

     So enjoy boogying away with your love one as dementia shouldn’t stop you doing what they love.

    22 June 2017 0

    Learning Disability Week

    Learning Disability Week

    So this week is Learning Disability week, and it’s really important we all find a way to acknowledge, support and help raise awareness for those with learning disabilities. The focus for this year is to help make the relationship between employment and disability far stronger.

    Around 8 in 10 working age people with a learning disability have one that’s mild or moderate, but fewer than 2 in 10 are in employment. We want this to change, and with the help of our support it can.

    There are only 6% of people that have a learning disability known to local authorities and of working age that are in paid employment.  Many businesses are unaware that studies have shown a significant benefit to businesses that employ people with a learning disability, including boosting staff morale and improving the public image of your company.

    It’s challenging to find a job if you have a learning disability so if you/ a friend needs any help with this, the website called ‘mencap’ can offer you great help and advice on getting you started. Click the link to find out more – https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week/finding-work-easy-read-guides

    If you want to get involved with Learning Disability week you can! You can help raise awareness, donate or just find out more about the importance of this week.

    To make a donation just click here –

    https://donate.mencap.org.uk/?_ga=2.222930907.1503565048.1497950309-2139398967.1497950309

    21 June 2017 0

    The Longest Day of The Year

    The Longest Day of The Year

    Now whilst we have loved this British heat wave it seems somehow we have already reached the longest day of the year! This Wednesday on the 21st of June we will officially have the longest day … yes I know this year is flying by.

    So with that in mind, I think it’s important we go out and make the most of the longest days before they fly past just as quick. If you have a loved one who is in their old age and struggling to get out the house, make that change today and arrange something to make the most of our long evenings.

    Like many of us we are super busy during the day and need all the time we can get, but taking your family member out in the evening it is far more convenient as well as enjoying these summer evenings.

    So before its too late, make the most of your summer evening with your loved one. Whether this is a walk, a drink in the garden or a pub dinner, stay out and enjoy the light evenings whilst they last.

    20 June 2017 0

    My Life Films

    My Life Films

    We all love looking back at fond memories from our past and whether that is a photo or home videos, having these memories to keep forever is something really special.

    My Life Films is an organisation, which understands the importance of revisiting these memories for people diagnosed with dementia. By combining music, photos, clips and interviews they aim to celebrate the lives of those with dementia and help carers build better patient relationships.

    The touching video of a woman called Jo watching the film of her life really shows how engaged and happy she is by seeing her whole lifetime being played on the television. Despite Jo’s touching reaction as she laughs and hugs herself, she has actually seen this film many times but it always seems fresh to her as Jo is living with dementia.

    Although ‘My Life Films’ is a young charity, it is growing fast by creating these 20-30 minutes films. It must be an incredible and overwhelming feeling for these people to see their life right before their eyes and reconnect with their past in such a visual way.

    “There is nothing positive about dementia, [but] in a way we bring a little bit of good into their lives, it’s a celebration,” says Jorg Roth, who set up the charity with his wife Carolin. “I talked to a gerontologist friend: I thought it was the entertainment value; she said no, it’s the journey, it’s the interest we show in somebody, it’s family coming together.” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/31/reel-life-the-biographical-films-bringing-joy-to-people-with-dementia

    If you want to create a Film for your loved one with dementia, make sure you check out ‘My Life Films’ today. Having dementia is no exception as to why these memories should be stolen from you; so return them back to your family member today in a fun and exciting way.

    My Life Films – http://mylifefilms.org/

    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
    Dr. Seuss

    19 June 2017 0

    Top 5 Most Embarrassing Dads Moments

    Top 5 Most Embarrassing Dads Moments

    We all have unconditional love for our family, but sometimes this love can be pushed to the limit through the well-known, red-faced feeling of embarrassment. Now its clear our Dads are no stranger to this feeling, so in the spirit of Fathers day, lets talk about the five most embarrassing things dads have got down to an absolute art.

    Dad Dancing

    Now whether it’s at your school disco or your Wedding, Dads will find any excuse to bust out that painfully awkward dance move and repeat it again and again. For me this is normally followed by “ what’s wrong? You don’t like my dancing hey?” With an evil smirk…

    Dad Jokes –

    Now I know not all Dads are the same, and some may crack out a good one liner, but too often Dads repeat the same unoriginal, unfunny joke any time a new person comes into the house. This is fine, until you are in a room full of people your age that just do not understand dad humour… It’s a recipe for red faced, awkward laugh embarrassment.

    “Noises” in Public –

    There are an array of noises the human body can make, some of them are far more unpleasant than others. But Dads seem to have a radar of when the most inappropriate time would be to let one of those noises “slip” out… I say no more.

    Shopping with Dads-

    Shopping with your Dad is almost like role reversal, I can’t count the amount of times I’ve had to walk quickly down the aisle to get away from that skipping, singing, over excited child… oh wait no that’s my Dad.

    Nickname calling Dad-

    We love it when our Dad calls us by our nickname but at the age of 14, when you are trying to impress your cool new friends, you can’t think of anything worse. No matter how much of an angry/ trying to be subtle glare you give your Dad, he will still call you it no matter who you are with.

     Yet despite all these embarrassing moments, we secretly love our dads for them, and wouldn’t change it for the world.

    15 June 2017 0

    Happy Birthday…

    Happy Birthday…

    Now, it is my birthday this Saturday and for some reason I am the most excited I have been for this “special day” in a long time. There is no particular ‘land mark age’ I am entering but I’m just looking forward to celebrating the day with my friends and family.

    Being the nostalgic person I am, I started looking back on pervious birthday of when I was younger and how different the day was back then, to how it is now. My days would focus more on seeing my family and my lovely Granny. Sadly my Granny is no longer with us but I have the happiest and funniest memories of spending my birthday with her, which I know I will remember for the rest of my life.

    However, because of my young age, I kind of forgot I wouldn’t be seeing her on my birthday the year she passed, and when I remembered it was a strange feeling of realisation and disappointment. Now I have the most loving parents and sister who love to celebrate birthdays to the fullest and an amazing group of friends who are the same, so my birthday was still very enjoyable. Still, this then made me aware of how hard it must be for those of us who loose a Mother, Father or sibling and facing that on such a family orientated day. Maybe it was my naivety that I couldn’t see this growing up but we are always shown what a joyful and happy time birthdays are, almost like your break from reality for one day.

    Now I know that there are many ways of still enjoying yourself but feeling like you have to go out and fake a smile isn’t what a birthday is about. Your birthday is your day and you do whatever you want on it. And if that’s taking a quiet evening in to remember your loved one, then that’s okay.

    I know I will enjoy my birthday a lot this year, but I will be sure to give my Granny a thought whilst I’m appreciating how lucky I am to celebrate my day with the ones I love most.

    14 June 2017 0

    DON’T FORGET

    DON’T FORGET

    Don’t forget that you can get a FREE 30 day subscription for Nudgu right now!

    We understand that Nudgu may not work for all families, so before making any finical commitments, you can give it a 30-day free trail!

    We really want Nudgu to be the solution you have been waiting for and reduce the stress you currently feel in your life.

    If you want to see how Nudgu can work for you, you can download it now from both the App Store and Play Store.

    Give Nudgu a go today, no commitment, no cost, just a trail to see how it works for you.

    Download Nudgu Reminders herehttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/nudgu-reminders/id1065969940?mt=8

    12 June 2017 0

    Feeling Uninpired?

    Feeling Uninpired?

    As I am writing this post, I am sitting in my room thinking about all the hobbies I gave up on as a child, dancing, singing, even poetry club. I’m wondering what would of happened if I didn’t give up those after school actives and perused them into something more than just a chore my mum took me to every Wednesday afternoon.

    However now my mind is wondering into what hobbies I could take up right now, instead of spending my free time Internet shopping or watching Netflix. No one is forcing me to endure an hour of ballet every week or having to work out what rhymes with “poetry club is fun”. So instead I could start learning a language? Or maybe start writing a book? Or even train as an Olympic gymnast!?… Okay maybe that one is a little far fetched.

    The point is that recently I have felt a little uninspired as my create outlet seems to be settling deeper and deeper into my body, and despite it being something I “can’t loose”, it’s starting to feel that way. In a busy world there are many things that can occupy the hours in a day, but maybe it’s time to take back the control and invest that time into doing something you love.

    Now I’m sure there is something you have always wished you could do, and whether that’s teaching yourself to play guitar or being a pro at rock climbing, life is too short to let these ambitions slip away.

    So I hope this inspirational blog post has given you the motivation to get going.

    At the end of the day, if you never try, you never know… So I’ll see you in 2020, on the Olympic Gymnast Mat.

    8 June 2017 0

    Living Well With Dementia

    Living Well With Dementia

    Unless you have dementia, you will never really understand how it feels to live with the disease in day-to-day life. However, through researching into the feelings, symptoms and thought process of those living with dementia, the NHS have formulated tips on how to make the most out of life and living well with dementia.

    Look after your health when you have dementia-

    Having a healthy lifestyle is essential for everyone, but with dementia it is greatly important you are eating healthily and exercising regularly. Being fit and healthy effects your inner body just as much as your outer body. So letting those endorphins circulate gives you a far more positive and happy mind set.

    Maintaining a social life when you have dementia-

    It’s easy to want to stay in and hide yourself away when facing any problem in life, and especially one that can knock your confidence. However maintaining a social life and keeping in contact with friends is key to your health and wellbeing. It may also help to branch out and create new friendships with people who are going through a similar situation to you, as being able to speak openly is key in any relationship we want to have.

    Keeping active and occupied when you have dementia-

    Keeping your brain and body occupied is vital when living with dementia, by giving yourself too much time to over think your condition can lead to you feel anxious and depressed. By finding ways to keep your mind and body active in tern helps you get a better night sleep and feel far more productive during the day. Having dementia shouldn’t stop you from doing things you enjoy, so allow yourself to break down that stereotype and carry on living well.

    Living with dementia will never be simple, but these are ways to make it that bit easier for you.

    Let us know if these tips have helped you in living well with dementia.

    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/living-well-with-dementia.aspx

    7 June 2017 0

    Summer Evening Essentials

    Summer Evening Essentials

    Now it’s pretty rare to get a warm sunny evening in England, but when this rarity does occur, we feel obliged to make the most out of it.

    Due to the recent heat wave in England (which inevitably won’t last) I think it is only right we here at Nudgu offer you some ideas of how to spend the next summers evening.

     

    BBQ – A classic summer evening essential, relaxing in the sun and eating glorious food.. what could be better?


    Open Air Cinema – Now this isn’t the most obvious of evening activities, it’s a great alternative if you want to sit and watch a film but still enjoy the sunshine.

     

    Country walk to the Pub – A good old walk in the countryside is always the perfect way to spend a summer evening, met by a refreshing glass of wine or a scrummy burger at the pub.

     

    Zoo Visit – To really make the most out of your summer afternoon/ evening, why not embark on a trip to the zoo? Who cares if you get splashed in the sea lion show, it’s summer!

     

    Summer Evening Run – Then finally, if you want to incorporate the summer air with some enjoyable exercise, take a long run in the sun. Whether it’s with a friend or by your self, take the time to soak in those rays and the beautiful summer countryside.

     

    Let us know which activity you will embark on during the next summer evening…

    5 June 2017 0

    One Love Manchester

    One Love Manchester

    As I’m sure many of you know, last night was the One Love Manchester concert, organised by Ariana Grande in support of helping those effected by the terrorist attack that happened at her concert in Manchester.

    Tragically, another attack took place in London on Saturday night, the day before the concert. However this attack did not stop the people of Manchester attending the concert, showing that fear and terror did not stop them from enjoying themselves.

    Ariana organised this amazing night with so many talented artists including Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus and many more. It was amazing to see how much emotion had gone into this concert with every artist showing their love and support. Though many of these performers are some of the biggest artists in the world, there is no way of escaping this sadness we all feel when something so violent has taken so many innocent lives.

    The Black Eyed Peas performed their song ‘Where Is The Love’ along with Ariana Grande, the whole crowd sang along with the heart felt lyrics, showing how relatable the song still is after all that time.

    I have been a fan of Ariana for a long time now, but what she did tonight allowed us all to see a different side to her. The love she has for her fans goes above and beyond, but love she made us all feel for each other was beautiful. She showed everyone that despite what has happened, we can still enjoy the magical feeling of live music and not let fear stop this.

    I know this concert will live on through years to come, with a meaning we will never forget. I am so proud to be a part of this country and last night demonstrated how strong we are in a time where attacks like these try to make us weak.

     

    We Stand Together.

    5 June 2017 0

    Vulnerable

    Vulnerable

    Vulnerable. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Vulnerable’? Maybe a child, or someone unable to look after themselves? However the words ‘vulnerable adult’ can change this perception, as the image of a helpless child suddenly fades.

    Being a vulnerable adult means a person aged 18 years or over, who is in receipt of or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, causing them to be unable to take care of themselves.

    As an adult, you are given all this freedom to create your own life with only needing yourself to rely on, but to reach this age and need help in just doing day to day activities can be really hard to come to terms with.

    But Nudgu understands that although you may not be able to completely rely on yourself, independence is still incredibly important for the well being of everyone. So by setting Nudgu reminders for a friend or family member who is a vulnerable adult, you allow them a sense of security whilst still giving them independence. Even though some vulnerable adults have carers to look out for them, they don’t need constant assistance, and that’s when us here at Nudgu can help you.

    Neglect and abuse is sadly often associated with vulnerable adults and many experience this through people they may know, or someone they consider a ‘friend’. As awful as it is to imagine someone taking advantage like this, it’s important we make it clear to those who have experienced abuse that they need to speak out. Whether this is to a friend, carer or GP, no one should experience this alone. By showing your support to someone who has experienced abuse or neglect, they are far more likely to open up to you, as a trustful friend.

    So sending a Nudgu reminder is a helpful way of showing your friend or family member that you are thinking of them. It’s tough to see someone you are close to have these limitations on their ability but that is every more of a reason to show your support.

     

    Show your love with a Nudgu Reminder today…

    2 June 2017 0

    Dementia Products Sold at Lloyds Pharmacy?

    Dementia Products Sold at Lloyds Pharmacy?

    Anyone who has a family member with dementia will know there is a slight gap at your local pharmacy when it comes to products that can help those with dementia. It seems strange that you walk into a store, which is full of all these antibiotics and medicines, but there is nothing their to help the UK’s biggest killer.

    Until now…

    Lloyds Pharmacy has made a brilliant decision to stock an array of helpful products for people living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society has described this as a “significant step towards supporting carers”.

    The high street chain have a number of products they will be selling in this range including; a talking alarm clock that can record messages for up to six daily alarms, or a clock that can display text such as “Now it’s Saturday morning” and a family guide to dementia. 

    The store will also sell jigsaws, a glowing cube that plays soothing sounds, and a “fiddle muff” to keep the person’s hands occupied and reduce repetitive behavior.

    Having these products in such a close and easily accessible place is a great idea, as I’m sure these products will be beneficial to many people and family’s living with dementia.

    If you want to find out more, head to Lloyd Pharmacy’s website and see what products could work for you! http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/unforgettable-a-family-guide-to-dementia-6013881-44

    30 May 2017 0

    When I Am Old.

    When I Am Old.

    Getting old … it’s seen as being pretty scary! Maybe you have hit that prominent life mark of turning 60, 50, or if you’re an over thinker, 40.

    However getting old can be a marvelous thing, as described so tastefully by Jenny Jones. So if you are feeling a little down on how fast those years are passing, take a little read and I promise you will have a youthful smirk on your face by the end.

    When I Am Old.

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
    And I shall spend my pension
    on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals,
    and say we’ve no money for butter.
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
    And run my stick along the public railings,
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
    And learn to spit.
    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
    And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
    Or only bread and pickle for a week,
    And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
    and things in boxes.
    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
    And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
    And set a good example for the children.
    We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
    But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
    So people who know me
    are not too shocked and surprised,
    When suddenly I am old
    and start to wear purple!

    © Jenny Joseph

    Souvenir Press Ltd., Warning:
    When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, Jenny Joseph,
    2000 Published Souvenir Press Ltd, London

    24 May 2017 0

    Manchester

    Manchester

    Waking up to the news of what happened in Manchester last night was heartbreaking, and our prayers go out to everyone who was involved.

    When such terror hits a nation, the feeling of sadness, anger and empathy is what unites us, as we all know the affect it has on each and every person.

    However, through these dark times there is always a shred of light, which restores our faith in humanity and shows that there is far more good in the world than bad.

    After the attack at Westminster Bridge, a number of service information boards on the underground had heart warming quotes written to show love and support for those involved. Yet one quote that truly stood out and I think applies greatly to the Manchester Attack is this…

     

    “When I was a boy & would see scary things in the news, my Mother would say to me… “Look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping”

    Fred Rogers

    This quote could not be more relevant to the hundreds of people who rushed to help those in need last night, from Police to doctor to free Taxi’s and the hotels/ family’s who gave people a place to stay. Through all the chaos and horror, people were going above and beyond to help and we should remember this.

    In a time of crisis when others try to make us weak, we pull together and become out strongest.

    Our hearts go out to everyone involved.

     

    If your child is affected by hearing about the attack and is feeling scared and worried, here are some sites that may help with these feelings.

     

     

    23 May 2017 0

    Nudgu Challenge!

    Nudgu Challenge!

    Now although Dementia Awareness Week is soon coming to an end, we at Nudgu have a task we would like to propose to you just before it finishes.

    The whole point of this week is to raise awareness about dementia and to help it become something we can talk about openly and provide help for people who need it. Sadly we are not at a point where everyone knows exactly what dementia is and how to look out for it in yourself or family members.

    However our Nudgu Challenge this week is for you to start a conversation about dementia to at least one person.

    This can be to a friend who is going through a tough time after a relative was diagnosed with dementia.

    Or talking to an elderly parent about dementia and asking if they have experienced any of these effects recently.

    Then Maybe having that long awaited talk with your children about their granddads dementia, which you have been struggling to tell them for a while.

    Whoever it is you talk to, let’s spread the word of dementia and break the stigma on feeling uncomfortable to talk about it, as we all need to be aware of the impact it has on our lives.

    47.5 million people live with dementia in the world with 7.7 million new cases each year! However early diagnosis improves the life of people with dementia and their families, so creating awareness is the first step in helping this.

    Can you join our Nudgu Challenge?

    Let us know who you spoke to this week on helping to raise awareness for dementia.

    18 May 2017 0

    Dementia Friendly Checkout!

    Dementia Friendly Checkout!

    Now we all know supermarket shopping is never easy, enjoyable or cheap, but sadly for everyone it’s something we have to do regularly. However, going shopping as an elderly person or someone who has dementia can be a terribly stressful and an unpleasant experience.

    When I’m not dedicated to Nudgu, I also work on the checkouts at Waitrose, so I have first hand experience on how 99% of customers seem to always be in a rush. Although this may benefit you as you can get the weekly shop done a little quicker, it can be really stressful for an older customer and leave them feel panicked and nervous.

    I have experienced numerous times an elderly customer struggling to remember where they put their purse, getting confused with change and just taking a little longer to get sorted. As you can imagine it doesn’t help when customers behind start tutting or sighing whilst checking their watch, causing them to become even more cufufled!

    So I was incredibly chuffed when I heard that a Tesco branch in Chester opened a ‘Dementia Friendly Checkout’. “This checkout differs as it is classed as ‘Dementia Friendly’ because it is clutter-free and features clear images representing coins and their value. Staff at the Frodsham Street Tesco also received training on what it means to be ‘Dementia-friendly’ to ensure the shopping experience is made easier for those living with dementia.” http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/news/14514_the_uks_first_dementia_friendly_checkout

    This checkout was opened to mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week in May 2015 and had such a positive reaction! I was pleased to hear that the checkout isn’t just for those with dementia but people who need a little more time whilst going though the checkout, allowing others to be a lot more understanding.

    Personally I think every store should have a Dementia Friendly checkout. Even though other customers may still use it, elderly people with or without dementia will feel far less rushed and stressed knowing they are in a place that allows them to take their time. Helping to make the whole experience of shopping far more positive as a whole.

    So remember next time you are in a rush to wiz through the checkout, be more patient for those who aren’t as able and imagine if you were in their situation, as one day you will be..

    18 May 2017 0

    Dementia Awareness Week! Are You Involved?

    Dementia Awareness Week! Are You Involved?

    So as you may know it is dementia Awareness week and we here at Nudgu feel incredibly passionate about making the most of these seven days.

    Yet we want to know what Dementia Awareness Week means to you? Maybe it’s showing your support by wearing a blue dementia flower? Or it’s spending that little extra time spreading awareness social media.

    However, we are interested to see how many of you would look at this week as a chance to show support to a total stranger. We want to know your opinion on how/if you would approach someone who you may suspect has dementia and looks as though they could use a helping hand.

    So imagine, you have just popped into Tesco’s to quickly pick up a few bits and bobs when you see an elderly man wondering up and down the aisle looking confused and a little distressed. Now you may be in a bit of a rush, but something inside you can’t let you leave this man standing their confused and alone! But then you also think you might seem rude asking if he is okay or patronizing as to whether he needs any help? So you make out you are staring at which bread to buy for a little longer just to see whether his wife, son/daughter or even Carer comes round the corner to find him. But no one comes … so what would you do?

    Now I know the immediate response would be to ask if he is okay, but those of us who know someone with dementia may be aware this can make them even more confused, distressed and even defensive.

    So I thought that this week was a perfect time to become aware of how you would deal with this situation, as it’s something you may come into contact with in the future.

    Now to make this awareness a little easier, here are some signs to look out for to help you identify if someone does have dementia.

    Although it is a little harder to tell without knowing the person, these tips should give you some indication;

    1. Difficulty initiating and sequencing tasks

     

    1. Difficulty with movement

     

    1. Visual difficulties

     

    1. Language problems

     

    1. Unusual behaviors

     

    So what would you do? There is no denying this is a hard situation to be in as realistically we all want to help, but sometimes it isn’t that straight forward.

    We want to know your opinion!

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    16 May 2017 0

    “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”

    “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”

    Pets are wonderful, there’s no denying their cuteness can salvage a smile no matter how bad a day you’ve had.

    However pets aren’t always just for fun, as it’s been proven having a pet can help those with; Depression, anxiety, OCD and even Alzheimer’s.

    Now the idea of surprising someone you know with a pet when they are suffering from Alzheimer’s can seem a little odd. So maybe consider taking your pet round to their house and see how they respond, and if it is positively, you can make this a regular thing.

    If you are a little worried about the precautions for bringing your pet round to a loved ones, check out these tips and see if they give you a clearer understanding of how to handle the situation.

    • Be mindful of the pet’s temperament and energy level.Too much jumping and/or excessive barking may do more harm than good.

     

    • Consider the time of day. Morning or early afternoon visits are probably better choices than late afternoon and evening when Sundowner’s is setting in.

     

    • Don’t wear out Fido’s welcome. Always stay tuned in to your loved one’s demeanour, as they can quickly reach a point of overstimulation. If they begin to show signs of agitation, simply know that it might be time to end the visit.

     

     

    Pets can brighten up any dull day, so we would love to know the positive effect it had on your loved one with dementia. Remember to send us pictured through our social media accounts!

     

    “Happiness is a warm puppy” – Charles M.Schulz

    15 May 2017 0

    Holiday Checklist

    Holiday Checklist

    Yep, that’s right, it’s almost June. “HOW?” I hear you cry. Now I know that it’s pretty terrifying how fast this year is going, but on the positive side, it’s time to start dreaming about your blissful summer holiday plans.

    Although what would a summer holiday be without your trusty checklist? So to get you all buzzing about that dream of paradise, here is our persnalised Nudgu Holiday Checklist.

     

    Checklist

    Clothes – The amount of clothes you would need for about a 2-month holiday… except you are actually only going for a week, oops.

     

    Sun cream – A variety of about 6 bottles I would say, as there is a sun cream for every mood. (And yes this will seriously weigh down your suitcase)

     

    Aftersun – Because despite those 6 bottles of sun cream, (and the kafuffle at check in when your suitcase was over 20 kg) you still manage to get burnt.. typical.

     

    A HUGE beach bag – to fit your towel, books, sunglasses, purse, spare clothes and pretty much everything you brought on holiday with you.

     

    Then most importantly, your stress free, chilled out self – to make the most of this glorious relaxation and do absolutely nothing for a whole, entire week… yes!


    Happy holiday dreaming everyone, it will be here before you know it.

    11 May 2017 0

    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Awareness

    So it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and although mental health can be a sensitive subject to many, the normality of these discussions is increasing by the day.

    With the help of celebrities voicing their battles, TV and Film incorporating it in storylines and just general conversation about mental health, we are starting to see it’s not as uncommon as people thought.

    Mental health illnesses can come in many different forms e.g Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and others. This week is all about raising awareness of mental health and even reaching out to anyone who you know is going through a hard time right now.

    So many younger people feel confused and distressed as to why they feel a certain way and whether it’s due to depression or anxiety, these are real illness and no one should be suffering alone. It can be terrifying thinking something is wrong with you and many of us are too afraid to speak out or seek help.

    If you are worried someone you know might have depression, these are some signs to look out for –

    • Lost interest in doing things they normally enjoy
    • Seems to be feeling down or hopeless
    • Has slower speech and movements or is more fidgety and restless than usual
    • Feels tired or doesn’t have much energy
    • Is overeating or has lost their appetite
    • Is sleeping more than usual or isn’t able to sleep
    • Has trouble concentrating on everyday things, such as watching the television or reading the paper

    If you feel like you may be dealing with any of these Mental Health Issues it is really important you talk to someone about this, whether it’s a therapist, a teacher or even a family member you feel comfortable talking to. Vocalising how you feel is how you get the help that you need and as hard and scary as it may seem, it’s the first step in getting better.

    It’s most important to remember that you are not alone, thousands of people are dealing with mental health illnesses and what you are going through isn’t abnormal, it’s human.

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    “Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it isn’t so” – Lemony Snicket

    9 May 2017 0

    13 Reasons Why

    13 Reasons Why

    Now if you haven’t seen it, you have probably heard about it. The intense, emotional and controversial Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’ has taken over the Internet, and it’s pretty clear why.

    13 Reasons Why is about a high school student Hannah Baker who has tragically committed suicide. The show follows her fellow student Clay Jenson who comes across 13 cassette tapes, these turns out to be Hannah’s tapes, with the 13 reasons why she killed herself.

    However these tapes are not so much reasons but actually 13 people who drove her to this suicidal state. Each person is supposed to listen to the tape (including their own) and then pass them on to the next person. As much as this story line sounds disturbing, the show also covers topic of bullying, assault, rape and multiple suicides.

    There has been an immense amount of negativity surrounding the show in the press as many people believe is glamorises revenge suicide. There have even been schools sending out warning to parents about the show, especially for those more vulnerable students. Many people have also described the series having trigger warnings for people more susceptible to suicidal thoughts; so much so that there has now been a trigger warning added at the begging of each episode.

    Now personally, I have great respect for the show, I found it incredibly moving and at times overwhelming as you truly connect with these characters who go through absolute hell. I would honestly advise no one to watch more than two of the episodes in one sitting, as you need a break due to how intense they are.

    Despite my admiration for the show, I think it’s completely inappropriate of Netflix that some of the episodes are rated 15 when others are 18, as no one below 18 is mentally prepared for this show and the inconsistency is really unsafe. So I urge you to watch before or even with your child before they continue to watch these graphic scenes.

    I feel like I appreciated the programme for what it was and actually did take away from it what was intended. 13 Reasons Why constantly inject lines into you through out the show like “some of you cared, but non of you cared enough” and “why didn’t you say this to me when I was alive?” It almost frustrated you that no one spoke out on how the felt or said something that could of saved Hannah, and by watching this you wish you never followed the crowd or were too afraid to stand up for someone.

    13 Reasons Why is in a league of its own and it’s message is more important now than ever. Social media, high school and all the other pressure can lead someone down a dark path that you could have no idea about.

    Please make sure your children are old enough to watch 13 Reasons why and you can talk openly about the issues or emotion they felt from this eye opening series.

     

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    5 May 2017 0

    LIFE HACKS

    LIFE HACKS

    We all want something that makes our lives that little bit easier, and with the growing popularity of “Life Hacks” floating around social media, it couldn’t be easier.

    However out of the thousands of life hacks circulating the Internet, we understand some of them can be pretty weird and are if anything just inconvenient.

    So through some intensive research we can now present to you our top 5 life hacks that we think will make your life that little bit easier… enjoy.

     

    1. Painting your keys a different colour with nail varnish – This will help you identify quick and easily which key is for which door, avoiding all the faff.

     

    1. Using your trouser hanger as a cookbook holder – You can clip it open at any page and hang it from any cupboard in your kitchen, so it’s portable too!

     

    1. Putting your pancake mix in an empty ketchup bottle – This will avoid all those messy spillages on pancake morning (but remember to fully wash all the ketchup out first… ew)

     

    1. Using a shoe rack to store your cleaning products on the back of your door – keeping your cupboard neat and tidy and keeping them away from younger children.

     

    1. Then lastly, the well known hack of putting a wooden spoon over a pan of boiling water to stop it from boiling over – giving you peace of mind your kitchen wont turn into a bubbling, boiling mess.

     

    We hope sharing these hacks have been helpful and would love to hear how they work for you!

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    4 May 2017 0

    When’s Your Next Appointment?

    When’s Your Next Appointment?

    Are you a doctor? Hairdresser? Dentist? Or even a receptionist? Do you deal with customers who regularly forget their appointment? Well, Nudgu is here to help you.

    We know that having elderly customers can be lovely but there is always that risk they’ll forget their appointment, and it most probably falls on your busiest day!

    Unless your customer has a carer, or a family member to remind them, it’s quite tricky to remember every appointment, especially if they forget to write it down. We all know first hand how easy it is to forget your appointment, so much so even dental surgeries now send out text reminders, but Nudgu understands not everyone owns a mobile.

    So by using Nudgu to send a persnalised reminder for e.g Jolene’s “cut and blow-dry next month” is a perfect way to remind her by simply using her house phone. By making the reminder at the time of Jolene’s last appointment, you know you don’t need to worry about giving her a call nearer to the time, as it has all been done in advance.

    Nudgu has no limits to it’s uses as we just want to make peoples lives easier and better, especially those who need a little extra help in day-to-day life.

    3 May 2017 0

    Sun, Sun and More Sun

    Sun, Sun and More Sun

    We all know how everyone’s personality seems to somehow change in those summer months, more smiles, more laughs and most importantly more sun. It seems that when the sun is out everything in life has that little sprinkle of positivity over it and those down days don’t seem quite as bad.

    It’s no secret that sun has great benefits for us in terms of supplying our body’s with vitamin D, but many people don’t see why vitamin d is so important for the elderly? It’s now being made evident that when seniors have a vitamin D deficiency they are prone to certain risk factors such as; Decreased dietary intake of vitamin D, Reduced skin thickness and Impaired intestinal absorption.

    It was also found that after a “six-year study from the Netherlands, they found that seniors aged 65-88 with vitamin D deficiency are nearly twice as likely to have a physical limitation compared to seniors with the highest vitamin D levels.”http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/3-19-14-seniors-vitamin-d-deficiency/

    So it’s clear that vitamin D plays a huge part in our health throughout our whole lives and we should occasionally soak in those rays in order to keep that vitamin circulating through our body.

    Now I know what you’re thinking, my elders don’t really plan to jet off to Spain for a week of lounging in the sun! However there are many easier ways of getting that little dose of Vitamin D and you could be involved. Now that we are approaching summer the days are slowly getting warmer, so why don’t you and you’re loved one arrange a time for some good old gardening. This could be weekly, monthly or whenever, but it will help get them up and outside, spending quality time with you and of course getting some sun.

    We all know what it can feel like being stuck inside all day, so why not make the most of spring right now and head over for some family gardening.

    You can set a Nudgu reminder for both you and your loved one to keep track of your next gardening encounter.

    “There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – unknown

    2 May 2017 0

    Bank Holiday Weekend

    Bank Holiday Weekend

    “You are already thinking about the weekend? It’s only Wednesday!” Is something no one has ever said.. and I mean ever. We all know the weekend is a glorious time and for those of us who have a bank holiday this Monday, it just got even better.

    Bank holidays are just wonderful and the extended weekend can mean many things for different people, but it’s important to make the most out of this bonus day.

    Now I know you could spend the day catching up on work, out on a walk or even having a duvet day, but why not make this day your time to visit a loved one suffering with dementia. We can all have our excuses as to why we don’t get round to visiting our family members as often as we should. But why not keep this bank holiday free to see your Mum, Aunt, Granddad or whoever it is going through a hard time or just feeling a bit lonely.

    It’s easy to forget that the actions you choose can have an affect on those around when they may not let you know, but think of the joy and positivity it will bring your relative to spend time with you. Whether it’s an outing, a cup of tea or a family dinner, don’t let these moments slip a way and seize the opportunity while you can.

    So whilst you’re at work and dreaming of this long weekend ahead, send a Nudgu Reminders to your loved and they can look forward to seeing you this bank holiday.

    “Family time is not a matter of convenience, it is a matter of priority.”

    26 April 2017 0

    Limitless Travel

    Limitless Travel

    There is no denying that the stresses of life can build up fast and we find ourselves fantasying about having a break from reality… or in other words a well deserved holiday. Now there’s no reason why escaping on holiday should be deprived of anybody no matter who they are or what there situation may be. This is exactly what limitless travel strives to do, by ensuring everyone is able to enjoy a trip away knowing they have the facilities they will need.

    Limitless Travel provides amazing holidays, tours, accommodation and travel for anybody. For any body with any disability, and for any body that just wants a really great holiday.”http://www.limitlesstravel.org/

    Limitless travel aim to create your ideal holiday by being centred around your needs, checking the hotel/ destination matches your requirements and having travel advisors to support your throughout your journey. Their passion for making sure your experience is designed for you appears hugely important to them, making sure you feel safe and able at all times.

    A man called Angus Drummond was what inspired limitless travel. When Angus was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy in his early twenties his mobility started to decline, so he decided to quit his job and travel the world. Sadly on his journey, many destinations that Angus stayed at were not compliant with his needs and disabilities in general were often overlooked. This inspired Angus to make a change within the travel industry therefore creating Limitless Travel.

    “For many hotels and travel companies, accessibility is just about getting people through the door. For Limitless Travel it is much, much more than that. We work with businesses to increase their understanding and make their premises more disabled-friendly. If they pass our test we add them to our destinations and begin to send holiday goers there, as we know their needs will be met”. – Angus Drummond

    Just like Nudgu, Limitless travel was created through inspiration of personal experiences. We all want to make peoples lives better so it great to support others who understand our passion and what we believe in.

    If you want to find out more visit Limitless Travel’s website now –  http://www.limitlesstravel.org/

    25 April 2017 0

    The First Ever Earth Day

    The First Ever Earth Day

    Now I’m sure you are all aware that this weekend was the celebration of Earth Day, and in order to show appreciation for our planet, many people made changes in their day to day routine. The changes involved walking to work instead of driving, going meat or dairy free for a week and lastly adopting or planting a tree.

    However now it is back to Monday morning and sadly some of those changes would have drifted away amongst our busy morning routine. However as a little tribute to earth day, that we can all be a part of, lets remember how different the world is now compared to the first ever Earth day back in 1970.

    The first obvious difference is communication; the way we communicate now has spiraled into a new world full of technology we would only ever of dreamed about. In the 1970’s a verbal conversation either in person or over the house hold phone was the most common way of communicating and if not that a hand written letter full of sentiment. Now a days many people communicate more via text and email having very little verbal communication with eachother, which can be great in terms of safety or even work, but there is nothing quite like a good old chat on the phone, is there?

    Next is television. It’s fair to say that any kind of screen has pretty much taken over the world and our lives, whether this is a TV, computer or phone, most rooms in our house have at least one. So in the 1970’s when the whole family would sit round the one TV in the house and watch their favourite show (without being able to record it) seems pretty crazy now, as you can watch sites like Netflix and Now TV on any device anywhere.

    Then finally, the traditional event that came at around 7 o’clock each evening, the family dinner. Now I know many families will still maintain this but sadly the practicalities can sometimes stop us from all sitting down at the dinner table and eating together. This modern lifestyle can even go as far as forcing us to have ‘dinner on the go’ which in the 1970’s was frankly unheard of. So the rise in TV dinners and a portion of chips on the train home is sadly more common now than ever.

    So I hope you felt some nostalgia on reading my comparisons of how much times have changed since the very first Earth Day. It’s clear technology is as bigger part of our lives now than it ever has been, but us here at Nudgu understand as great as a text can be, there is nothing quite like hearing the voice of someone you love.

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    24 April 2017 0

    “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

    “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

    We all have very busy lives and whether this is through work or family it’s easy to find yourself getting lost in the stress of it all. It’s not abnormal to neglect your well being when you are so wrapped up in other goings on in your life. However let this be a reminder that no matter how much you want to help someone, the most important thing is to look after yourself.

     

    If you have a loved one suffering with dementia or any illness, life can sometimes seem like there is a constant dark cloud over it. By ignoring the grey area it can only make it worse as pushing a problem to the side will only make it grow.

     

    So my advice would be to schedule a time each week to do something you love, whether that’s a long walk, bubble bath or even cooking your favorite meal. Everyone has at least 40 minutes to spare a week and instead of using that time to worry about things you should be doing, relish in this personalised “me time”.

     

    Any forms of stress and pressure can really weigh you down, so rewarding yourself for keeping strong is something I find really important.

     

    I hope this blog gives you a little time out from the stress you have been feeling today, and reminded you to take care of yourself as well as the people around you.

                                                                                                                                                                                       

    “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” – Lou Holtz

     

    Remember, Nudgu reminders has an aim to reduce the stress you feel in your life, so see if we can help by downloading our app today.

    20 April 2017 0

    Making Peoples Lives Better

    Making Peoples Lives Better

    A lot has been happening here at Nudgu over the past few weeks and even though we have enjoyed every second of it, I feel like I should take a minute to talk about something which has become so evident over these past weeks.

    It’s safe to say I have been completely overwhelmed by the support and love of people we have met through taking Nudgu across the UK. When thinking about why this was, I hadn’t realised that everyone in this industry of health care all had one thing in common; the want to make peoples lives better.

    I am so lucky to be able to say that through working with Nudgu, I am surrounded by such selfless and inspiring people.

    As wonderful as it is to all be working towards the same goal, it’s clear many people have been inspired through personal experiences, just like us here at Nudgu. Seeing the impact any illness can have on your family is a horrible thing to witness but that’s why all these people have taken that sadness and turned it into a passion to help others.

    We all want to make peoples lives better and support each other as much as we can, if Nudgu isn’t what you need there are plenty of other people just waiting to help you.

     

    “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone” – Ronald Reagan

     

    19 April 2017 0

    Parkinson’s Day

    Parkinson’s Day

    To acknowledge Parkinson’s Day this week, we at Nudgu thought we would give you the inside story of why we created Nudgu and why Parkinson’s played such an important part of our lives.

    Our Dad, John was diagnosed with early on set Parkinson’s when he was 39.  He was lecturing for BA at the time and his world changed forever.  Being a graceful cricketer, a calligrapher and a keen cyclist he was greatly affected by his symptoms and his condition towards the end of his days.  One thing remained constant though, he was determined to keep active and to do everything that he enjoyed for as long as possible.  So he continued to play cricket and snooker and ride his bike.  He loved walking and would always be on a mission to mend or improve our house.  He would do anything to help friends or family and would always look to make someone’s day better.  He kept working too, which as an occasional presenter myself I found especially brave.  Imagine standing up in front of your audience, knowing that your hands might not behave or your speech might change mid-sentence.  Vanity has no place here, only great resolve.

    Beyond inspiring.

    Dad began declining and developed dementia too which was heart-breaking.  His falls and confusion made home unsafe so we reluctantly moved him to a nursing home.  Although clean and kind, he declined rapidly and with no independence, he gave up.  After a life of trying so hard for so long he was unrecognisable. 

    Had the opportunity for Nudgu been available for us back then I’m sure that he would have greatly benefited from being in control of his world for so much longer.  He liked being able to do things for himself and I’m sure he would have thought of Nudgu as an opportunity.  I suspect he would have left messages (undoubtedly rude ones) for himself.  Such was his humour which sadly, much to the disgust of others, I have inherited.

    So this is an acknowledgement of all those brave people with Parkinson’s and their support teams. 

    You are still amazing.  You are still who you always were.  You are still the most important thing in your family’s world. 

    Love you Dad xx

    12 April 2017 0

    Unlock Memories this Easter

    Unlock Memories this Easter

    Now that Easter is only a few days away, I’m sure you know what’s in store on this chocolate filled holiday. It’s fair to say my day normally involves eating chocolate Easter eggs until I feel slightly sick, and then falling asleep watching a film with the family. As much discomfit my hugely full stomach may be in, there is no doubt I love my Easter Sunday spent with my family but I know it won’t always stay this way.

    When researching the link between celebrating Easter and having a family member with dementia, I have found that Easter is a great way to ‘unlock precious memories from the mind of someone with dementia’1. http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/easter-help-unlock-memories-8211-dementia-experts/story-20952309-detail/story.html

    This is the same with all holidays as we can allow certain senses like sight, smell and taste to evoke feeling and memories of our past. Now I’m aware that this will not work for everyone but as Maizie Mears-Owen, of Care UK, said: “Easter is a very special time of year for many families…The chance to spend four days together is a rare treat for many”1 This gives you plenty of time to visit or invite your loved one over to celebrate a holiday they would of experienced when they were young.

    When I am older I’m sure the taste of cream eggs wills send me right back to now, when I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by my family on this special holiday. But for those who don’t have this privilege, send your loved one a Nudgu reminder that you will be spending Easter together this year. Then maybe help stimulate those happy memories from their childhood.

     

    11 April 2017 0

    All Things Agewise

    All Things Agewise

    Continuing on with Nudgu’s road trip through the UK, we had the delight of spending last Wednesday in Norfolk. Our reason for this is we were attending an event called Agewise, which aims to help promote living well and maintaining independence.

    Being at Agewise was really enjoyable and we loved meeting everyone there and spreading the word of Nudgu Reminders. We at Nudgu always love the look on people’s faces when they can see the benefits that our service could bring to them.

    Considering that this was the first ever Agewise event I was blown away on how many people attended and were interested in hearing about ways which could improve their independence. I also want to thank the organisers of Agewise who made us feel so welcome by coming round and introducing themselves, and of course for the free cake and coffee.

    We love attending these events and meeting new people to chat to and other businesses to network with. All in all Nudgu have enjoyed our road trip across the UK and we are excited for it to continue on!

    11 April 2017 0

    Naidex was a Success!

    Naidex was a Success!

    So it’s safe to say that Naidex was a complete and utter success.

    I can’t believe it has been a whole week since we were at the NEC, and we at Nudgu are still buzzing off the positive reactions we received from everyone who was there. Not only was the event a great way to show how Nudgu can help benefit people, it was also amazing to meet an array of inspiring speakers and exhibitors and hear what brought them to Naidex.

    One of my highlight’s whilst being at Naidex had to be going to the many talks given by inspirational speakers. Due to their being such a wide diversity of people speaking at the event it made each talk unique and gave everyone something they were interested in or could relate to. I had the pleasure of listening to a talk given by Tim Chaudhry, on the ‘future of digital healthcare’. He creatively expressed his views on how we will soon rely so heavily on technology to provide us with the assistance that we need. He also stated how this is being shown in day-to-day life already through current films, by exploring what life could be like in the future (e.g ‘Ghost in the Shell’) This talk was fascinating to me and with Nudgu being a way to help peoples lives through technology, it’s safe to say this really showed how we are part of this extraordinary movement.

    I also got the chance to hear some amazing stories about life after injury and how people who have suffered brain injury, or been paralyzed have embarked on some truly amazing experiences. It was so eye opening to see how much these people refuse to let their injury’s hold them back from making the most out of life. I can honestly say it was one the most inspiring conversations I have ever had in my life and I’m honored to of got the chance to be at Naidex to experience all this.

    For everyone at Naidex we at Nudgu would like to say thank you for being so supportive and positive about our product and if you want to know more remember to follow us on twitter, facebook and Instagram.

    Thank you!

    6 April 2017 0

    Day 1 at Naidex

    Day 1 at Naidex

    Its safe to say the first day of Naidex was a complete success! The atmosphere, the people and the speakers were all amazing and the positivity Nudgu received was great!

    To be honest with you all, I have never been to an exhibition of this big a scale so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However I found the buzzing atmosphere so fun to be a part of and loved talking to people about Nudgu and seeing how interested they were in our reminder service!

    Nudgu managed to do a lot of networking at Naidex as it gave a great platform to create relationships with other businesses that complimented ours. I enjoyed walking around the exhibition and seeing all the other stands and hearing more about people’s products they were selling.

    There was a huge range of stands to help with assistive living ranging from mobility scooters, to holiday homes for the disabled and even dogs trust. Naively I never realised the amount of products out there to help individuals in their day-to-day lives, but the support I saw was incredibly uplifting.

    Naidex also had a huge range of speakers and although I only saw a few, they were fascinating to listen to. I especially enjoyed the talk on the Virtual Reality headsets given by Alex at Tribe mix, the video showing the impact it had on those people was incredibly moving to watch.

    We can’t believe how fast Naidex is going but we plan to make the most out of the next two days!

    I will be keeping you updated on our Blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so make sure you check them out!

    Twitter – https://twitter.com/nudgureminders

    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nudgu/

    Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nudgureminders/

    29 March 2017 0

    Happy Mothers Day

    Happy Mothers Day

    So we are now reaching the end of Mothers day, where either relative’s are heading home, or you all start snuggling under the blanket to watch a film. Either way it’s nice to reflect on the day you’ve had by embracing your family and showing or remembering how much you love your Mum.

     

    There are different types of Mums who prefer to spend their time in different ways on their special day. You can have the outdoorsy Mum, who loves a long walk with all the family and maybe a sneaky pub lunch. Next the mum who loves to spend the day in, watching old home movies, to get all reminiscent and nostalgic. Then Lastly the busy mum, who plans breakfast lunch and dinner in three different houses, so you spend your day wizzing round to see all the family.

     

    Whatever type of mum you may have, it’s clear that by now you should have a pretty good idea of what Mothers day will entail for you. So after a day of walking, watching or wizzing it’s time to curl up on the sofa and enjoy those last few hours of Mothering Sunday.

    26 March 2017 0

    Naidex Checklist

    Naidex Checklist

    I can’t believe how fast Naidex has come around and we at Nudgu are making sure we are all prepared!

    Our checklist for Naidex is complete, and we can’t wait to share it with you on the day!

     

    Checklist        

     

    Leaflets              Check

     

    Pens                    Check

     

    T-shirts               Check  

     

    Stand                   Check

     

    Cheesy Smile…  Check

     

    Are you ready for Naidex?

     

    23 March 2017 0

    Motherly Figure

    Motherly Figure

    Mother’s day is fast approaching and it’s a great opportunity to show how much you love and appreciate your Mum…not that you shouldn’t everyday. But with the array of cards and flowers on display its clear Mothers day is as popular as ever. 

    Now we aren’t oblivious to the fact that not everyone is able to spend this day with his or her Mother but Mothers Day is a time to celebrate any motherly figure you may have. These maternal figures can be ranging from your step mum, to a family friend, but it all boils down to giving thanks to that person who is there for you, like a mother should be.

    Due to the diversity of modern life now its great to see many cards in stores for this occasion saying ‘to a wonderful step mum’ or ‘you are an amazing motherly figure’. However we understand many of our mothers or maternal figures are sadly no longer with us. However it’s a day to remember them and all they did for us, wherever they may be.

    20 March 2017 0

    Nudgu at Naidex – Meet The Team

    Nudgu at Naidex – Meet The Team

    I’m sure you have heard if you are a regular here on our Nudgu Blog that we are going to be exhibiting at Naidex this year! All the team will be at the NEC in Birmingham on the 28th to the 30th and we can’t wait to see you!

     

    You will be able to meet our small and friendly team consisting of:  

    -The sibling founders of Nudgu, Louise and Jonny.

    -The supportive partners, Andy and Christine

    -Then the Creative Executive who is me, Chloe.

     

    We will also be offering active demos to show you exactly how Nudgu works, where you will be able to ask any questions you have on creating your own subscription.

     

    Check us out on stand A51

    20 March 2017 0

    Naidex Prize Draw

    Naidex Prize Draw

    As you may know Nudgu will be attending the Naidex event on the 28th– 30th of March in Birmingham!

    If you were not already buzzing with excitement to see us there, we have something else up our sleeves, which we are certain you will love!

    Nudgu will be having a prize draw where you could be in for the chance of winning a 6 Month FREE subscription to Nudgu!

    This would essentially be gaining £60 worth of membership for Nudgu, which could open up all kinds of opportunities for you and your loved ones.

    All you need to do is come and see us at Naidex and we will be randomly selecting someone to win this Prize!

    Having Nudgu free for six months could give you all kinds of benefits such as helping maintain relationships, reducing stress levels and making life that bit easier day-to-day. So by being involved in our prize draw you could have all this for free!

    15 March 2017 0

    The Ally Bally Bee Project

    The Ally Bally Bee Project

    Understanding dementia can come in many different forms, some may refer to it simply as people who “forget stuff” or others may like to delve deeper into the psychological meaning of its creation. Either way, dementia is something many of us have heard of and may know too well, but having to try and explain it to a child? Now that’s a whole other story.

    I have recently come across an Edinburgh family who decided that they wanted to create a book to help children understand what dementia is and the symptoms of the disease. However due to the ‘Äikäs-Adams’ family having to deal with dementia first hand they wanted to add a unique twist by making this book personlaised.


    What’s so great is you a can add the name of your child and their e.g granddad who suffers with dementia to help them see how dementia is impacting their own lives. We at Nudgu think this is a brilliant idea as it’s the perfect way to grab the attention of your child and help them understand why their grandparents may say and do things they cannot understand.

    The book contains amazing drawings and portrays such creativity, even though book is currently only in English, they are hoping to expand into many different languages.

    The best part is that all the money made from selling the book goes to a dementia charity of your choice!

    If you want to find out more watch this great video and look into buying a book for your child!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/allyballybee/the-ally-bally-bee-project

     

    15 March 2017 0

    Spring Cleaning!

    Spring Cleaning!

    Now I can say with complete confidence that I am a bit of a ‘clean freak’ and I find clearing out old things like clothes and book incredibly therapeutic.

    However I know it is pretty impossible to keep your house clean 24/7 but when it comes to the term ‘spring cleaning’ I feel like this is a great way to motivate yourself on giving your house that real deep clean.

    Spring-cleaning has been around for years and the whole gist of it is basically to have a huge clear out to make it feel light and airy in time for summer.

    When it comes to clearing out your house this can be one heck of a job and a lot of the time you need to be quite ruthless about what you choose to throw away. It’s very easy to become sentimental over anything but the aim of Spring cleaning is to awaken new beginning’s and feel as though you are creating a fresh start.

    Spring is very much focused upon starting a fresh and leaving those winter blues behind so it’s really important we embrace this, as it can be hugely uplifting for anyone going through a hard time.

    We here at Nudgu think it would be a great idea to pop round to your loved one who is suffering from dementia and have a little (or big) clear out to help them feel more positive. This could give you the chance to come across old pictures, knickknacks and just create a cleaner environment to live in.

    Spring brings all kind of joy to the world, as we know warmer days are now on the horizon, so why don’t you send a Nudgu reminder to your family member telling them this! Help give them something to look forward to and make it a great way to arrange a time to spring clean together!

    14 March 2017 0

    5 Best Things About Spring Time.

    5 Best Things About Spring Time.

    I’m sure we are all counting down the days until we can officially say its Spring Time. But for now lets get ourselves all excited by discussing what we love most about the month, that relives us from our winter slump.

     

    • Waking up to the sound of chirping birds out your window, making you feel as though you are in a Disney film.

     

    • Having longer days, allowing you to get so much more done and enjoy a lengthier evening after work.

     

    • Beautiful and colourful flowers blooming in your garden, giving you that uncontrollable smile.

     

    • Getting into that Spring Cleaning which always makes you feel so relived afterwards and ready for summer!

     

    • Finally, being able to walk outside and feel that warmth from the sun slowly skin into your skin, but still having that cool breeze through your hair.

     

    Those are our favourite thing about Spring here at Nudgu, let us know what yours are!

     

    9 March 2017 0

    National Women’s Day

    National Women’s Day

    So today is National Women’s day and no that does not mean you are allowed to order every male to bow down and worship you, sadly. National women’s day is all about celebrating the equality between men and women and giving respect to all those who made this possible.

    National women’s day has been occurring for over a century and with every year its becoming bigger and stronger involving more people in celebrating the huge change in equality over time.

    As a woman I feel so confident in the fact that equality is growing more and more each day but I’m aware many years ago this was not the case. I remember learning at school the way women were treated in the past and being shocked, so knowing that the older generation has seen the changes through there own eyes must be incredible.

    So in the spirit of embracing womanhood, why don’t you send a Nudgu reminder to your mum, gran, great auntie or whoever and give them a call tonight. You can talk about how far equality has come and whether they remember their first international women’s day!

    W here at Nudgu feel it is important we talk and spread the word of equality and speaking about it to a loved one could be something unique and fun to discuss.

    So enjoy your day Ladies!

    8 March 2017 0

    Ooops Wrong film!

    Ooops Wrong film!

    I think by now we have all heard the news of what happened at the Oscars on Sunday night, and as painful as it was to watch that kind of ‘ooops moment’, they can easily happen to many of us. However fortunately ours wouldn’t be broadcasted on TV for thousand of people to watch (cringe).

    Confusion can come as a side affect of many things, whether it be old age, or dementia, and slip-ups like this can be made on a regular basis, although some may be more serious than others. For example, if your family member takes the wrong pill for their medication it can cause serious problems and may leave you and them worried about their health. However Nudgu could help to rectify these ‘oops moments’ by letting you send a reminder of what pill to take at what time, so you don’t need to worry about making any mistakes.

    Unlucky for Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan (Oscars presenters involved with envelope catastrophe) they were unable to have this resulting in a very awkward mess up. But to avoid these complications happening in your own home, we can help with a special Nudgu reminder!

    28 February 2017 0

    What’s Going On?

    What’s Going On?

    We have built quite a community here on social media and I love bringing Nudgu to life by connecting with people through this. However I think it’s also important that we let you all know how you can connect with Nudgu on a different platform, like the events we have coming up!

    As I said in a previous blog post we have been very lucky and asked to speak at the organisation Naidex, a place for businesses that have been inspired by helping those through assistive living. We would love it is you came and saw all the amazing people who will be there speaking about how their companies can help you or anyone you know. This is a truly an honour to be a part of Naidex, as years ago an event like this would not of even be considered. However through many people struggling with living in the conditions they do, its crucial we are aware that there’s ways we can help, which is exactly what Nudgu strive to do.

    Another event, which Nudgu is going to on The 5th of April, is called Age Wise, this is a free event promoting living well and maintaining independence. I’m very excited about this event as here at Nudgu we are so driven on providing the independence for people who need assistive living. It will also be so interesting to see others businesses who provide the similar help as we do and understand the stories behind why they decided to create this.

    We at Nudgu feel so grateful to be able to share this and hope many people will discover how our telephone reminder service can help them or their loved ones. We can’t wait to do more events and spread the word of Nudgu on a different platform.

     

    Thank you for all your support!

    23 February 2017 0

    TOP 5 PANCAKE FLAVOURS

    TOP 5 PANCAKE FLAVOURS

    Pancake toppings are serious business here at Nudgu, so we wanted to let you into our top 5!

     

    1. Lemon and sugar – one of the most popular pancake fillings but still utterly delicious.

    Tip – Lemon and sugar tastes even better on more crispy pancakes

     

    1. Golden Syrup – Now this is for the more sweet toothed pancake lovers, but you can choose your level of sweetness by how much you add.

    Tip – don’t get too carried away, it can lead you down a sweet and sickly road.

     

    1. Maple Syrup – Little less sweet but still a scrummy topping

    Tip – pair is with some bacon, trust us!

     

     

    1. Peanut Butter – For a more savory option, peanut butter is the way to go.

    Tip – Warm up the peanut butter so it’s all nice and gooey.

     

     

    1. Strawberries & Cream – Scrummy but still got a little fruit in there.

    Tip – Coat the strawberry’s with sugar and use squirty cream!

     

     

    I hope these pancake ideas haven’t made you too hungry!

    Remember let us know which one was your favourite flavor!

    23 February 2017 0

    Naidex!

    Naidex!

    When the phrase assistive living comes to mind, many people automatically envision elderly people who are unable to care for themselves as well as they should. However assistive living can come in all forms, no matter what your age or situation, many factors can affect the help someone may need in day-to-day life.

    So that’s why the organisation called Naidex is so brilliant, as it runs a huge event for all types of businesses who can help with assistive living.

     

    There is a huge spectrum of speakers and businesses attending the event ranging from Simon Munn (the Paralympic wheelchair basket baller) to Sonya Chowdhury (Chief executive action for M.E) and also Emma Millward (manager of the wheelchair dance sport association).

    Naidex is the perfect event for anyone who needs assistive living within their or their loved ones lives, due to their being such a huge range of support out there that I’m sure many people are unaware of. However us here at Nudgu are over the moon as we have been asked to attend the event to show people how Nudgu can help with its assistive technology.

    So its really important to remember that assistive living can benefit anybody, ranging from someone who has a disability, or an illness such as M.E and even someone who suffers form anxiety.

     

    However someone who I found particularly inspiring, who is attending Naidex is Helen Dolphin. Helen, who tragically lost all four of her limbs to meningococcal septicemia on Christmas Day 1997, has not let this stop her when it comes to making a difference in the world. She has created the ‘Parking Scheme’, which allows disabled people to ‘park with ease’. This allows disabled people to see ‘how a car park caters for the needs of a variety of different users and by using a car park finder on the website you can see the facilities it has before leaving the house.’ https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2016/november/new-parking-scheme-helps-disabled-people-park-ease

    Which I think is a truly brilliant and innovate idea which will help many people who require assistive living in their everyday lives.

     

    So why don’t you check out Naidex website now and see if you are interested in the events that they hold!

     

    We can’t wait to be there!

    22 February 2017 0

    Time to Make that Pancake

    Time to Make that Pancake

    Now that Valentines Day has been and gone, the next exciting event to celebrate is Pancake Day.

    Personally Pancake Day is one of my favourite days of the years purely because it is one of yummiest foods to eat (I am incredibly food orientated if you didn’t yet know).

    However what is the origin of this amazing day and why does it require us to scoff our faces with this pancake goodness? For those of you who don’t already know, Shrove Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which is the 40 days of fasting leading up to Easter.  So this was the last chance to use up all of the left over eggs and fats before starting the journey of the Lenten fast, and clearly pancakes were the ideal way of doing this.

    ‘The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
    Eggs ~ Creation
    Flour ~ The staff of life
    Salt ~ Wholesomeness
    Milk ~ Purity’

    http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day/

    However I’m sure many of us have our own meaning behind what Pancake Day symbolises to us. Maybe it reminds you of your family dinners as a child, or you and your sibling trying to flip pancakes? I know for me it was the first ever time I overloaded on golden syrup (but I still do it every year).

    So maybe this pancake day you can send your loved one a Nudgu reminder that you are going to pop over and make/ flip a few yummy pancakes with them.

    If you are having trouble deciding which recipe to go with, here is one to help you out-

    To make 8 or so pancakes you will need 8oz plain flour, 2 large eggs, 1 pint milk, salt.

    ‘Mix all together and whisk well. Leave to stand for 30 minutes. Heat a little oil in a frying pan, pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and let it cook until the base of the pancake has browned. Then shake the pan to loosen the pancake and flip the pancake over to brown the other side.’ http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day/

    Let us know if your loved one enjoyed your visit of pancake making!

    21 February 2017 0

    ‘The Old King In His Exile’

    ‘The Old King In His Exile’

    Having dementia in your family is an awful thing to happen, and there is no denying that a lot of the time its hard to see that light at the end of the tunnel.

    I recently came across someone who held onto that light so tightly he managed to even find something that he wanted to call, a positive of dementia. Now to some of you I can understand this seems ludicrous and to us here at Nudgu who are also carers it’s a little far fetched. However Arno Geiger has written a book in order to talk more about is father’s dementia and how it has affected his family.

    The book (“The Old King In His Exile”), which is written in a way, that resembles ‘a writer’s notebook, with passages of narrative interspersed and snatches of dialogue’. In this book Arno talks about ‘the delights of dementia’ where he goes on to say that through his father’s illness it managed to make him develop a new and unique way with words, which he found fascinating. In different scenarios he now says the most weird and wonderful phrases like, ‘It’s the Swiss, shooting at us again’ when unwelcome carers come or when he moves into a care home, he describes the patients as ‘Poor fellows, whose willpower shouldn’t be measured by their results’ and of his cup and saucer, he asks: ‘Are they related?

    Arno found such pleasure in listening to the way his farther ties together these words but understands that however glorious he may find them, it is a result of his on going battle with dementia. That is why Arno’s book ‘The Old King In His Exile’ is also a book to help those going through dementia, offering advice and guidance. But I do find it truly remarkable the way he managed to turn something others would categories as a side effect of dementia, into something so cherished.

    Its hard to stay positive in a time like this but for anyone who manages to get up each day when life feels at its worse, you should be proud of how strong you are as you may be the inspirational light for someone else.

    20 February 2017 0

    Hasbro Cat!

    Hasbro Cat!

    There are many weird and wonderful gadgets out their which are designed for all kinds of purposes. However when I came across the ‘Hasbro cat’, us here at Nudgu weren’t too sure what to make of it.

    This is a special kind of cat due to it not being real, a robot cat if you will. Despite the slightly creepy appearance, its aim is quite humbling as the Hasbro cat is effectively meant to be treated as a pet for the elderly, and also great for people with dementia. This is by offering all the positives of an animal (company, something to pet, and reducing stress) but the best part is you don’t have to worry about feeding or walking it.

    We are a little undecided her at Nudgu what we think of the horbis cat, but would be very interested to know your views!

    Find out more at http://www.qvc.com/Hasbros-Lifelike-Joy-for-All-Companion-Cat-By%3A-Hasbro.product.V34259.html

    Let us know what you think!

    20 February 2017 0

    Dementia Ambassadors

    Dementia Ambassadors

    It’s no secret that dementia awareness still has a long way to go but when taking a look into Alzheimer’s research I came across many famous ambassadors that I’ve spoken about in a pervious blog post. However I thought it would be interesting to see how many famous people there are supporting dementia in the UK and maybe understand why they do so.

    Through research I have found there are a lot more ambassadors for Alzheimer’s than there are for dementia. I presume this is due to dementia being a form of Alzheimer’s and by supporting one you are there by supporting the other. However I did find two ambassadors who I thought would be quite interesting to research into, who specifically focus on supporting dementia itself.

    In August of 2016, the OSCAR- nominated actress Carey Mulligan was made Britain’s first dementia ambassador. Carey describes herself as feeling honored to be able to have this role and due to her grandmother being diagnosed with dementia she has ‘experienced first-hand how devastating it can be’.http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/700203/Im-honoured-Carey-Mulligan-becomes-Britains-first-dementia-ambassador

    Carey, like many, understands how little awareness there is out there for dementia and believes ‘as a global society we have a duty to change that’. Touchingly, her mother has a role as a dementia friend’s champion and Carey is privileged to follow in her footsteps of now being an ambassador.

    Carey has a strong opinion on how we should help get the word of dementia out there and her passion for helping those suffering with the illness shines through when discussing ways to publicise this. She believes the ‘The first step involves educating people and breaking down stigma – not just on our doorstep, but across the world.’ http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/700203/Im-honoured-Carey-Mulligan-becomes-Britains-first-dementia-ambassador

    I think Carey has the perfect attributes and drive to create awareness for dementia and I’m looking forward to seeing the difference she makes.

    Another famous female who appeared of the TV ad for encouraging people to becoming dementia friends is Amanda Holden. Amanda (the TV presenter and X factor judge) never really spoke about her ‘papas’ fight with dementia publicly, but she opened up about how much of a huge part he played in her life growing up in her autobiography ‘no holding back’. Sadly it’s understood her grandfather passed away in 2007 but since then Amanda has been passionate about getting people to take part in becoming a dementia friend like herself.

    As great as it is to see these famous actresses or presenters encourage us to be involved in helping those with dementia, it just brings to light that dementia can target anyone. No mater who you are, whether you are in the lime light or not, dementia does not discriminate, it can target any of us.

    So spend time with your loved one suffering with dementia now, as it’s not fair on either of you to be going through this hard time. But appreciate what you can do with the time you have right now and don’t let it slip away.

    16 February 2017 0

    It’s Here!

    It’s Here!

    So, tomorrow is Valentines Day..

    And amongst all the last minute buying of chocolates and dinner reservations, lets take a step back and have a look at what Valentines Day is like for you and how it may have changed a little throughout the years

    Looking back at Valentines Day history, it has many different meanings from strange tales of unrequited love to countless religious stories with some even involving beheadings? But whatever its origin, its safe to say it is a huge part of our lives and a day we will always remember.

    I was really curious to see if there were any significant changes to Valentines Day cards from around the 50’s/60’s and whether they were just as soppy then as they are now. Surprising, a lot of the cards incorporate humorous elements to them, which can be a little less common these days unless you are purposely hunting Image result for 1950's valentines day cardsthem out.

    I feel like now social media is around, some people use Valentines day as an excuse to show off how amazing their significant other is. For this reason it can put a lot of pressure on males and females to give something which shows how much they love you, but in quite a materialistic way.

    However I think there are two types of people in the world, those who are a little less about the lovey dovey side of things, were they are drenched with flowers and pink teddy bears. As appose to those who prefer the more lighthearted jokey side and from these vintage cards its pretty clear to see little has changed in the world over the years.  

    Now don’t get me wrong, wanting your partner to show you love and affectation on Valentines Day isn’t you being high maintenance or wanting to brag. But there is a lot of pressure from friends, family and social media to make us almost feel ashamed or embarrassed if we don’t receive something like this, whether we want it or not. For instance, I’ve never been one to want love in the form of gifts or soppy cards, but I feel myself getting nervous as to whether my boyfriend has sent me a card or not. This isn’t because I’d be sad or offended if he didn’t but I don’t want to feel embarrassed if all my other couple friends received one apart from me. Sounds stupid I know, but if it wasn’t for this I’d be perfectly happy with a Valentines Day text.

    No I’m not a Valentines Day hater, but the affections of your loved one shouldn’t be something you can hold, or take a picture of, it’s something really special that you Image result for 1950's valentines day cards you're robin my hearttwo can share with each other. 

    Valentines day is meant to be a fun holiday you can spend with friends, family and your partner, so I think we should just ease off the pressure a little and look at the fun side, just like this card. 

     

    13 February 2017 0

    Change of Plans

    Change of Plans

    A lot of us have those moments in life where we think, what am I doing? Am I really happy? That was exactly the case for Ruth Bartles, as she decided she no longer wanted to pursue her career as a secondary school teacher and instead start up her own dementia café.

    She explained that last year she had a limited knowledge of what dementia was, but through researching into the biology, psychology and sociology of the disease she found out there are ways of reducing the risks of getting dementia. Through developing a strong passion for learning more about dementia, Ruth decide to follow the wise words of her favourite saying ‘she believed she could, so she did’. By doing this she decided to quite her job of 18 years in higher education and open her dementia café in Sheffield.

    The name of her café will be called ‘Remember When…’ and will serve fresh and healthy food. However the unique twist this café will have is it will offer information and support for any family’s who are living with dementia, helping raise awareness and evoke new research.

    The café will also have a memory wall full of photos and messages from family and friends as well as photographs from Sheffield’s past. This will help ‘trigger memories and provide focal points for conversation, encouraging both people living with dementia and families/friends to make new connections in the community’ http://forgetoday.com/press/a-new-approach-to-dementia/

    Although Ruth says the journey has been tough its clear it will be well worth it as what she is doing is truly amazing and will have a huge impact upon those in Sheffield living with dementia.

    Maybe this has inspired you to do something similar? How great would it be in years to come, if every county had a café like this, where people can go to for advice, support and just a lovely time.

    If you feel like you want to help out, you can donate to the café as well as receiving rewards depending on how much you donate. To find out more visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/remember-when-dementia-cafe

    Remember, she believed she could, so she did.

    9 February 2017 0

    Unforgettable

    Unforgettable

    I don’t know if any of you have heard about ‘unforgettable’ but if not , I find it a pleasure that I able to introduce you to this unique and innovative organisation which I think is pretty incredible.

    Unforgettable is there to help anyone and any families who currently suffer with any kind of memory loss weather this is through dementia, Alzheimer’s or just old age. It offers the widest and most creative gadgets, which help absolutely anyone who finds it hard to remember things, so much easier. These are things such as an object locator & key finder, big and easy to use remote control and tracker mobile phone.

    Not only do they offer this but they also they have a helpline and lots of other ways you can receive support with the struggles of memory loss. However when reading their very impressive blog, I came across a really interesting post all on they way dementia is expressed. The opening line really caught me attention that ‘dementia is not a fight’ and you don’t need to be brave’ and its true, dementia shouldn’t be viewed as something you should put anger an aggression into in order to win. It’s an emotional process, which we should approach, with care and freedom to feel what we want, not hide behind the mascaraed of being ‘brave’.

    The blog made a huge impact on something I had never really thought about, like the way newspapers title issues of dementia with phrases like ‘struck down with dementia’ or ‘sufferer of the disease’. This really isn’t the way dementia should be viewed, though as the blog stated many people refer to it this way as it only seems natural and maybe through fear of not wanting to come across as insensitive. I am even guilty of this myself through referring to dementia in quite a dark and evil way, but dementia isn’t the devil, is it? It may feel this way as it can be very cruel to very kind people but making it all so sinister is what creates the whole feeling of negativity behind the word dementia.

    So maybe from now on we should adapt these words and phrases to something far more real and true to what dementia is. Yes it may be a hard and emotional time but seeing these kinds of words everywhere we look has a subconscious effect I feel we should all be aware of.

    Come and check unforgettable – https://www.unforgettable.org/

    8 February 2017 0

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