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The Dower House ethos is rooted in the desire to support people to live as independently as possible in later life. In order to achieve this, it’s important to take care of your health and wellbeing. In our blogs, we consider the different aspects of ageing and later life, sharing tips, advice and relevant news to help you prolong your independence whether in your own home or in residential care.

Three ways to boost your immune system this winter

Author: Philippa Thompson

Maintaining a strong immune system to help ward off typical winter illnesses like flu and the common cold has always been important for older people. This year, COVID-19 has placed even greater emphasis on ensuring that we all head into the colder months with a strong immune system.

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Five ways to ensure you can keep enjoying your garden in later life

Author: Philippa Thompson

Do you remember when old age was something that only happened to other people? When, back in your 20’s, you couldn’t understand why your parents or grandparents complained about getting old?

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Five steps to healthy ageing

Author: Philippa Thompson

Joan Collins famously once declared ‘Age is just a number’ but as we age it’s natural to worry about what the future may bring. The UK has an ageing population, and knowing how to age well is an important consideration. At The Dower House, we believe there are five core areas of your life to think about when it comes to maintaining your health, vitality and independence.

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Supporting your loved one’s move to residential care

Author: Philippa Thompson

Our recent article looked at the importance of taking care of a person’s mental health and wellbeing as well as the physical aspects. Given that moving home is widely recognised as one of the most stressful events you face in life, when your loved one moves into residential care it’s crucial to take steps that will ease the transition.

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Managing mental health and wellbeing when moving into care

Author: Philippa Thompson

The UK has an ageing population, and according to the Office of National Statistics in 2018, 11.9 million people in the UK were aged 65 or older. That was around 18% of the population. Age UK estimate that by 2030 this will have increased to 21.8% of the population. This inevitably means that there will be an increase in people living in private and state social care.

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Helping older people stay healthy in the heat

Author: Philippa Thompson

It’s fair to say that we have been blessed with a magnificent spring this year. As we head into summer, it would be lovely to see that continue. Being able to enjoy one’s garden is certainly a relief as older people continue to observe the lockdown restrictions.

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Five ways to prevent isolation leading to loneliness

Author: Philippa Thompson

In our last blog, we looked at how to use technology to keep in touch. This article looks at ways to keep a healthy mind and body when isolation and social distancing means that you are unable to do many of the things you enjoy and may be starting to feel lonely as a result.

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Using technology to keep in touch

Author: Philippa Thompson

Many of us take technology for granted – especially when it comes to staying in touch with people. It’s an everyday part of modern life which is used to a greater or lesser extent depending on what you do for work, your hobbies and, to a point, your age.

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Funding later life care

Author: Philippa Thompson

Worries about funding later life care are common and may start long before you, or your loved one, are no longer able to live safely and independently at home. The team at The Dower House are not able to provide financial advice so we asked The Wealth Care Partnership to share the benefit of their experience in this guest post.

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