At 20:00 BST on Thursday, households across the UK stood on their doorsteps and balconies and applauded the efforts of the NHS and care workers in treating those affected by Covid-19.
The initiative was devised by Annemarie Plas, from Brixton, south-west London, who was inspired by same event happening in her home country of the Netherlands, and in many other countries.
Annemarie posted details of the event on her social media channels, and enthusiasm for taking part quickly spread across the UK.
“I hope that it creates a positive boost for those on the frontline,” she said.
“But also [when] you hear your neighbours applauding you know that we are together in this, because we are currently all in our houses.”
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Carers can help the person with feelings of depression and anxiety with tips from the Alzheimer’s Society.
Someone who is feeling depressed or anxious will often find the following helpful:
- Talking about their feelings – if someone is feeling depressed or anxious, or something very upsetting or traumatic has happened to them, they may find it helpful to talk to someone close to them about it. (Patience and understanding will be more helpful than trying to get the person to ‘cheer up’.)
- Support to help them maintain social contact with other people – this will help them to feel less isolated.
- Persevering with treatment – those close to the person should encourage them to keep taking their medication or seeing their therapist even if improvement feels slow at the start.
- Keeping active – physical exercise is good for relieving feelings of anxiety and depression, and can also help people with sleep problems and apathy. Supporting the person to do other activities that they enjoy will often also help.
- Eating a healthy diet – a poor diet can contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression, as can alcohol and caffeine. It is therefore a good idea to try to eat a healthy diet and not drink too much alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
To read the full story visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.
Nurses must be instilled with greater confidence to speak about the terminal nature of dementia with patients and carers, researchers have warned as a new study shows too many professionals are avoiding the subject.
The research, published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, found that three out of five specialists from memory services did not routinely tell family carers that dementia is a fatal condition.
Memory clinics assess and diagnose dementia and provide information and support to patients and those who look after them at home. They are usually staffed by a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, specialist dementia nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists.
The study found that, while health professionals routinely talked to families about legal arrangements such as finances (74%) and referred to dementia as being progressive (89%), just 41% routinely discussed the terminal nature of the condition.
To see the full story visit the Nursing Times website.