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'My husband's suicide'

Gill Irish is on the phone, sitting at the top of the stairs at home, next to where she found her husband hanging. She returned from work one day in June 2000 and when she opened the front door, she found a note from her husband Neville on…

'I got an Asperger's diagnosis aged 45'

How having an autism spectrum disorder in adulthood affected Aly, who describes the effects of an Asperger's diagnosis in middle-age. "My name is Aly Gynn. I am 46 years old and was formally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year."   "I had diagnosed myself three years earlier. I was teaching adults with…

'Hearing aids make life better'

Thanks to her digital hearing aid, Reena can now hear some sounds for the first time. She explains how hearing aids have transformed her life. Reena Gogna, aged 27 when interviewed, has had severe hearing loss from birth and relies on her hearing aid to…

'Diabetes and me'

Surjeet Soin, aged 65 when interviewed, found out he had diabetes at the age of 50. He started taking medication and took up walking to keep fit. He went to Mount Everest base camp in 2005. Surjeet, an accountant from Luton, was 50 when he found out…

'Going dry for a month boosted my health'

As someone who drank no more than a couple of glasses of wine a day, Joanna did not see herself as a heavy drinker. But one day, she realised that "wine o'clock" had become more of a habit than a pleasure. She gave up alcohol…

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking. Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity…

Care Act 2014 and the pets of people taken into hospital

FROM THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT Legal situation Until 2014 section 48 of the National Assistance Act 1948 has provided for local authorities (LA) to make provision for the protection of property (e.g. pets) of people who are taken into hospital. This means they must board…

'Planning our meals was key to saving'

Rob Finch thought he was running a pretty tight ship until he did the Eat4Cheap challenge and shaved nearly 20% off the family's weekly shopping bill. Eat4Cheap is more than just a money-saving challenge, it's an attempt to demonstrate that eating healthily is cheaper than…

Community Activities and Support Services - Factsheet

There are lots of community based activities and support services that can help you stay well and maintain your independence. This factsheet provides information about some of the key services available and where you can find more details. It can be downloaded and printed.  …

Paying for your own care?

CHS Healthcare provide a free service to support you to arrange a package of home care or to find the right care home