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Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to…

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…

Adult Care & Support Services - information page

Are you are finding it more difficult to take care of yourself or keep in touch with others because you are getting older or you have a disability or ongoing health condition? If so, Adult Social Care Services may be able to help. We offer a…

Dignity in Care Charter

For further information on Dignity in Care and the Reading Dignity in Care Charter, click on this sentence.

Adjusting to disability

We often talk about disability as if it's a lifelong condition. In fact, more than 80% of people with a disability were born without it and find they have to adjust. If you become disabled through accident, illness or a deteriorating medical condition, life will change significantly. But…

'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…

'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…

'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…

Scams and how to avoid them

Scams come in many forms; unwanted contact can be received by email, letter, and telephone or in person making false promises to con victims out of money. There are numerous scams but the most common are fake lotteries, deceptive prize draws or sweepstakes, clairvoyants, computer…