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The shortage of the right homes for older people

For older people the right home can transform their lives. According to research by the think tank Demos, there are only around 100,000 specialist retirement properties in the UK to buy with an estimated 3.5m over 60s looking to buy. Over £400bn is tied up in homes of the over 60s looking to down size to a more suitable home that meets their future needs. Esther Rantzen, founder of ‘The Silver Line’ which i ...

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Constipation is a bigger problem than you may think

A staggering 16 -17% of the adult population suffer with constipation. Contrary to popular belief it’s not just the elderly or those with an unhealthy lifestyle; constipation affects everyone, and if affects women more than men. Constipation can be mild or short term for many people, but for others it’s a chronic long term condition that causes significant pain, discomfort, bloating and tiredness and has a ...

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Thinking about adoption?

Are you considering starting a family this Spring?  There are many children who wait for a ‘forever family’.  If you can create a space in your life for a child, adoption may be for you. There are many ways to build your family, adoption is just one of many, so we tackle the myths to help you decide if adoption is for you.   What types of children need families? There are many types of children who are ...

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How to make… delicious Spring lamb and fresh fruit pavlova

Try this super lamb recipe followed by a delicious fresh fruit pavlova. We’re a little way off spring yet but this will be the perfect way to wow your family around the Easter table.   Super Spring Lamb (serves 4-6) You will need: Leg of Spring Lamb (2kg) 200g plain flour 2 litres lamb stock (from lamb bones or stock cubes) 200ml vegetable oil 1 pint tomato concasse 4 cloves of garlic Fresh rosemary, o ...

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We do like to live beside the seaside

The health benefits of the mineral-rich ocean and invigorating sea air have been known about since early times. From the Ancient Greeks through the Victorian era to more recent decades, medical practitioners have prescribed a stay by the sea to increase a patient’s well-being, moods, breathing and circulation. Indeed, recent scientific research has shown measureable benefits of the sea air, waves and sea wa ...

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Getting a divorce that’s right for you

Divorce offers many the chance for a fresh start and a happier outlook on life. So, it’s hardly surprising that according to the Office of National Statistics (published December 2012), 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce. And whilst it can be a challenging time for you and your family, with the right approach and support it doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s all a matter of finding the rig ...

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Spread the love this Valentine’s Day and give a child a home

With February comes Valentine’s Day, and many of you will be making plans to spend plenty of time with loved ones.  This year, why not share the love and give a child a home .  You might be thinking about going away with your partner or maybe even planning a romantic candlelight dinner. If you’re single, you might be having a fun evening with your friends instead. Love may also mean spending more quality ti ...

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Fostering: your questions answered

There are more than 62,000 children living with foster families across the UK. The Fostering Network estimates that a further 9,000 foster carers are needed this year alone to provide the supportive, stable and caring home for these vulnerable children. Dispelling the myths around fostering is the name of the game, and recruiters are determined in the New Year to help communities understand clearly, what it ...

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How to give your mind a spring clean

Feeling burdened? Get out your mental mop and duster and give your brain a good airing Are you losing sleep over your growing list of chores? Perhaps you’re getting fed up of blowing your temper in queues, or spending days filled with anxiety at the prospect of a big work project? If so, chances are you’re suffering from a case of ‘brain overload’. It’s time to find out just what’s going on in your head, an ...

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Would you consider adoption?

So, another Christmas is over. After being surrounded by family, with rooms full of festive cheer, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year ahead. The usual list of dreary New Year’s resolutions might look like this 1. Go on that diet I saw in the paper 2. Take up a hugely exciting and dangerous hobby 3. Finish clearing out the loft! This year though you could make a resolution that really makes a dif ...

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