How to Communicate with a Person Suffering From Dementia

Did you know that one in every 79 people in the United Kingdom suffers from dementia? And while the suffering cannot be cured, it can certainly be lessened with proper care. Experts at Ashton Grange, a leading dementia nursing home in Sussex, emphasis the importance of the right way of communicating with people living with dementia. Here are some tips to help you when talking to someone with dementia.  Continue reading “How to Communicate with a Person Suffering From Dementia”

How to Cope with Aging Parents?

We often get so busy with our own lives that it can be difficult to find the time to take care of the needs of aging parents. One of the most emotionally challenging experiences an adult goes through is watching their parents grow old. All your life, you see your parents as a pair of protective and strong pillars that form the foundation on which you stand. This makes it difficult to see them slowly losing their ability to even do small Continue reading “How to Cope with Aging Parents?”

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. Scene of the famous Hovis advert from the early 1970s. An advert so famous it’s still remembered well enough to re-use, sort of, in more modern ads. Apparently, I’ve been here before. Many years ago, when my age was still numbered in single digits. I don’t remember it, which surprises me. There’s no chance I wouldn’t have run down the hill. I’d have had to come back up again. Surely I’d remember that? Continue reading

How to Reduce the Risk of Dementia in Old Age?

With medical advancements, people are now living longer. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean that they are living better. With an increasing number of people living past their 60s and 70s, there are more people suffering from degenerating bodies that are incapable of efficient functioning. One of the major ailments of old age is a degenerating brain, which results in dementia. Continue reading “How to Reduce the Risk of Dementia in Old Age?”

The Big One

Earthquakes are part and parcel of Mexico City’s past, present and future. Some parts of the world wait for ‘the big one’. CDMX simply waits for another big one. The wait is never long. We did not have to worry much about relatives. The first we heard of the quake was just a couple of minutes after the event when Mrs P’s dad called to say he was ok. We had no reason till then to think he might not be. The remaining friends and Continue reading “The Big One”

Upgrade Day

My three favourite days of the year. My birthday, Christmas Day and Apple Upgrade Day. The latter of which is today. Like Christmas, there is a festive build up to the big day. First comes the Special Event where all the shiny new devices are revealed. Then a few days later Apple’s online store will open for pre-orders. A few days after that the new OS is released. And then, a week after the devices were first shown off, deliveries begin. Continue reading “Upgrade Day”

Greek Tragedy 2.0

A hundred and fifty five years ago, the Greeks chose the second son of Queen Victoria to replace their recently deposed king. Alas for any dreams Alfred may have had for a lifetime of sunshine and mousakka, Vicky had other plans. Alf did not get to swap Buckingham Palace for Athens, having instead to settle for being the Duke of Edinburgh. The world is a funny place though. The Greeks’ second choice was grandfather to a young boy, Philip, who would one day trade Athens for Buckingham Palace. He’s still there, serving as the Duke of Edinburgh. The whole episode was part of a great game of Continue reading “Greek Tragedy 2.0”

A Secure Option for Missing Teeth

Many patients find that unsecured dentures are uncomfortable and the difficulty in chewing certain foods restricts enjoyment of some of their favorite foods. There is an option that provides a more secure and natural feel for your replacement teeth. The Smile Centre offers dentures and denture implants to permanently secure dentures in place from an experienced and highly qualified dentist in Manchester. Continue reading “A Secure Option for Missing Teeth”

Syon House

What nicer way to spend a warm, sunny summer’s day than to get out of the sweaty city and spend a few hours wandering around one of Britain’s fine old rural estates and its manicured grounds? To read the stories of scandal, daring-do, noble intrigue, battles and sumptuous parties across the centuries. What nicer way to spend that day indeed. Mrs P and I did just that. Albeit in reverse. Continue reading “Syon House”

The Dead of Night

About 9 months after I moved from London to Dorset in the mid 90s, I picked up a job at a Texaco petrol station about 8 miles from home. It was just something to do till I got something better. It turned out that the ‘something better’ was Mexico, nearly ten years later. I had a range of shifts to do, but mostly lates (2pm to 10pm) or nights (10pm to 6am). Back in those days, most stations were single manned, other than a manager or supervisor during the day. I liked single manned shifts. Continue reading “The Dead of Night”

#TBT Marrakech

Today I look back to a trip Mrs P and I took just over four years ago to Marrakech, Morocco. It was a fabulous trip, with all the key ingredients. Warm sunshine on our faces, generous hospitality, culture, art and the beautiful, intricate architectural wonders that exist across the Islamic world. The destruction of large swathes of the Middle East is a tragedy that will negatively affect generations of the people that live there. And has deprived the world of many of its man made wonders forever. Continue reading “#TBT Marrakech”

The Walled Garden

Mrs P and I rather enjoy our days out to stately homes and gardens. Many of which have that ever so traditional English walled garden. Or kitchen garden. This weeks trip was more local than is often the case, to Edmondsham. I do wonder if a walled garden would work in Merida one day, when we retire. We could happily potter about if the morning and evenings, weeding, dead heading, planting and pruning. And in the afternoon, we could greet our paying visitors, serving traditional cream teas. Continue reading “The Walled Garden”

The Evolving Declaration

Times change, so they do. Is war upon us? Who knows. Maybe yes, maybe no. But probably not. Yet. Not this week. Hopefully not before the iPhone 8 has been launched and mine shipped to me. Many months ago, I suggested one possible end to Trump’s reign could be a military coup d’etat. On the basis that Trump flips out and orders something particularly irrational and outrageous that only instant military intervention could prevent. It was at the ‘least likely’ end of the list. Maybe it should move up a place or two. Continue reading “The Evolving Declaration”

The Best Job In The World

This week is a week of anniversaries. Today marks two years since I started working with a train operator as a ticket office clerk. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best job in the world*. Why is this so? The pay is fantastic for the job I perform. But the pay is not why my job is the best in the world. The benefits are great too. We’ve made great use of free and heavily discounted rail travel. But that’s not why my job is the best in the world. There’s a very good final salary based Continue reading “The Best Job In The World”