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Mental health issues can affect anyone at any age but as people grow older the changes they experience in their life circumstances and/or general health and functioning can affect their mental health.
To work in care, you don’t necessarily need to have qualifications or experience (although these can help). There are, however, certain personal qualities that you will need to possess if you are interested in becoming a care worker.
They say you are what you eat, which is why eating a healthy and balanced diet is such an important part of taking care of yourself. And if you are responsible for caring for someone else – whether that be a child, parent or partner – you’ll be doing the best for them by setting a good example and encouraging them to eat healthily too.
Motor neurone disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), affects up to 5000 people in the UK at any one time. MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord, meaning they are unable to send messages properly, and affects walking, speaking, breathing, swallowing and gripping.
Having a relative or loved one who is at risk of a fall can be incredibly worrying. More accidents occur in the home than anywhere else, and although falls can happen at any age, to anyone, the elderly and those with reduced mobility are most likely to fall over, and can take longer to recover. The good news is that many falls could be avoided.
Men are known for being reluctant to seek help for health issues, but statistics show that in some areas they are actually suffering more than women. According to the Men’s Health Forum, in the UK, 76% of suicides are by men, 12.5% of men are suffering from a common mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, and men are almost three times more likely than women to become dependent on alcohol.
Lasting power of attorney (LPA) is when an individual decides to give someone else the power to make decisions on their behalf. This is particularly useful when a person is unable to make their own decisions. They may be unable to do this because they’ve had an accident, are suffering from a condition such as dementia or because they are living abroad.
A career in care work can be incredibly rewarding. You are providing a valuable service not just to the people you are looking after, but to their friends, families and society as a whole. You can make a difference to a person’s quality of life, their mood and their overall health and wellbeing. And that’s not all; here are five more benefits of working in care.
When a person you love experiences age-related changes, it can be worrying to watch. But age-related change isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Most people experience changes in their sight and general mobility as they grow older, and many find they are more forgetful than they used to be. However, if your relative has changed significantly, in ways that affect their everyday life, this may be a sign of something more serious.