A guest blog from Judith Potts on a little-know condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome, and the charity Esme’s Umbrella she set up to promote awareness of it.
My Mother was an independent lady, who lived happily on her own, enjoyed her social life and – despite her failing eyesight through late diagnosed glaucoma – completed the Telegraph crossword daily.
We noticed that her confidence was beginning to wane but what none of us knew – including her GP and optometrist – was that, as her eyesight diminished, there was a chance she might begin to see things which were not there. Her ophthalmologist could have warned us, but he chose not to do so.
Posted in General, Health, Health and Wellbeing
Tagged Ageing, Charles Bonnet Syndrome, Esme's Umbrella, eyes, eyesight, hallucinations, Health, Health and Wellbeing, Judith Potts, older people
Rachel Reeves MP and Seema Kennedy MP. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian newspaper
Jo Cox was a doer. She became an MP to change things. She was driven by compassion and a clear sense of right and wrong which led her to get involved in a number of issues in parliament and beyond which sat above party politics: from the plight of civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict to the lonely lives of some of her constituents in Batley and Spen in Yorkshire. Continue reading
Posted in General, Loneliness
Tagged #endloneliness, #happytochat, @JoCoxLoneliness, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Jo Cox Commission, Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, Jo Cox Loneliness, loneliness Age UK, loneliness and isolation, loneliness older people, older people