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Live Well, Age Well

Sharon Kaye

Staying healthy can be hard work, especially as we approach later life. Re-assessing our life-style could play a major part in maintaining a high level of independence for the future and can make such a difference to our quality of life.

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Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

Sharon Kaye


Someone you care for may Sundowner's Syndrome. Dementia can have a huge effect on a person’s mood and behaviour and one of the most difficult, yet very common side effects of this condition might be happening to the person at the same time each day. This includes things like anxiety, agitation and hallucinations and will occur at the end of each day as the sun goes down, hence the term ‘Sundowners Syndrome’ or ‘sundowning’.

This regular occurrence can be very distressing for the person suffering as well as the person supporting them as it can put them at a higher risk if they start wandering or start to experience extreme confusion.

There are other symptoms to look out for when trying to diagnose this condition, for example the person following their support giver around and asking many questions or even losing the ability to communicate coherently. But there are also ways to minimise these symptoms if dealt with in the correct way. Click here to find out what these are.

How to prioritise your own self care

Sharon Kaye

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In the field of Adult Social Care it is very easy to get bogged down with the stress of work. Carers can get easily sucked into the lives of the people they are helping and forget to help themsleves in the process. 

If you are a carer then it is most likely that you know full well how to carry out the act of self-care but it may be more the fact that you don't have the time or headspace to fit it into your daily routine. If we approach this matter from a different angle and try to address the barriers that are stopping us from doing this then we may well be able to build it into our lives as second nature. An article in the 'Happiful Magazine' has some great tips on how to do this, click here to take a look

We can also help the people we support to take responsibility for their own health and well-being by making available to them the tools they need to do so. Skills For Care has lots of information on how to support people to carry out self care.