Stress’ Long Term Effects [Infographics]

You may think stress is just another phase that could pass away in an hour. But if you encounter stress on a daily basis, you begin to have health problems not directly caused by stress, but the small things stress can cause. These include anxiety, insomnia, headaches, nervousness, anger, forgetfulness, worry, mood swings and more.

You may also have troubles including cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, to name a few.

If you’d like to start taking care of your body and avoid future complications, it’s best you take heed of this infographic’s message.


Will The New Barchester Care Home Live Up To The Current Standard?

Take a look at an artists drawing of the new £3.8 million Barchester Care Home being built in Deeping St James, near Peterborough.


The 60 bedroom (with ensuite) care home will be operated by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest healthcare providers.

The care home will specialise in caring for sufferers of dementia, which is a topic we are very passionate about at MoonLotus. My own dad suffers from dementia and these specialised care services have had a huge impact on his life – and ours. We personally opted for his local home care kettering agency before he moved home to be nearer to my sister and her family. Fortunately for everyone, this agency also provided home care Thrapston services, making it a simple move.

To this day, my Dad is still using these services and his life has improved because of it. With his dementia getting increasingly worse as he ages, it has become even more important for him to leverage these services. Thankfully there are many services around to support it, including a future 60 bedroom care home with ensuites.

This care home, being built by construction company Bullock, will have very high building standards, excellent energy standards to be efficient and save energy, it’ll also benefit the local community with a proposed 100 jobs to be available.

Kenneth Mackenzie, development director at Barchester Healthcare said: “We are committed to providing person-centred care and designing living spaces that are second to none for older people and those living with dementia. We are pleased to be collaborating with all our partners – Bullock, Cinnamon Care Capital and Larkpoint – to deliver a high-quality home that will not only benefit those needing personalised care, but will also significantly boost the local economy through job creation.”

This care home is a wonderful project for the local community, not only the elderly and dementia sufferers, but also their families and the jobs it will provide.


How Do You Handle An Elder’s Change in Behaviour?

Old age is not a point in life that can be avoided. It is simply a natural transition through time and it can come with many impairments in the body and mind. This is normal as well, though there can be less of effects if since you were young, you were already practicing good and healthy habits.

Now, because of such deterioration in an elder’s conditions, he or she will have emotional needs that will want to be met. Behaviours from out of the blue can arise, some that do not even make sense. Essentially, the seniors sometimes end up acting more childish than the kids themselves. This is because they are in dire wanting of love and comfort, more so for their current states.

When a family member or two are like this, with tantrums and bad tempers, it is necessary that they are to be handled well instead of the other way around. Of course, they can come up as nonsensical and lacking of maturity, you should be the bigger person and try to understand their perspective.

But in reality, some of the old folks can really become so unbearable. Adult children may even remark that their parents are driving them crazy, on top of everything that they have to tend to like work and their own offspring. Nevertheless, these personality changes and demands must still be managed well. After all, the elders, in essence, just call for attention, love and care from their loved ones, whether unconsciously or not.

Therefore, how you handle such demeanours at the moment?

Try to identify the root of their anger. Supposing they are yelling and screaming their lungs out, ask them why they are doing so. It is of extreme importance that you communicate with them openly. Do this in a manner that is calm and collected as well. Going on a shouting fit with them will only make the matters worse. They may simply be just asking for something but because of stress and other factors, they are not able to express it well.

If you are taking care of them like in eating or the taking of medication and they tend to hurt you physically, it is best that you assign such tasks to another family member, for instance. It could be that they prefer another one to do those for them, though you should not take offense for it. They may feel safer with your brother or sister, and let that be for everyone’s piece of mind. If you are disturbed by this as well, you can also talk it out with them and clarify things. There may be a deeper meaning behind their actions, especially towards you.

Elders may refuse to accomplish everyday doings like taking a bath or shower. Personal hygiene is no doubt vital but there is just some who then become unwilling to do it. Even if they have become dirty and smelly, they may stand their ground to not even touch a drop of water. This can be a frustrating situation but do know that this may just be the result of their depression. Since they do not have much control over their bodies anymore (clearly, as they need someone else to do the bathing for them), this can take a toll on them. There is denial, among others.

As everyone knows, words are powerful weapons that can uplift and/or hurt another’s feelings. And the seniors are no exception with this particular aspect. Even if they were mild mannered or soft spoken before, they can start to speak offensively and inappropriately. Curses and improper comments can come out of their mouths that can then insult the person they are talking to and interacting with. This conduct can be attributed to be a start of dementia or Alzheimer’s, so be on the lookout.

This then leads to the commendation that should be rendered to those who love and care for the elderly folks. They could be loved ones, from family or friends, and/or they could be those in the service, like a home care worker. As they connect and interact a lot with the seniors, they will be very vulnerable to these situations. These people welcome the pain, physically and emotionally, that can be inflicted to them, even if they are not on purpose.

All in all, the key is to really have communication lines wide and open. Being able to vent their frustrations of their old age and sickness is a priority for the elders and everyone must seek to understand them.


How will you be Cared For When you Grow Old?

Growing OldDo you have plans for the future? Perhaps your plans include a stable future for your family, especially education for your kids. On the other hand, have you asked yourself what your plans are when you get old? Are you prepared for any unexpected health changes brought about by the aging process as well as any other health condition that you may inherit from your family? Where do you see yourself when you grow so old that you cannot remember the names of the people talking to you?

According to George Tadros, consultant psychiatrist at Heartlands Hospital, 66.6 percent of the patients in Heartlands are elderly. Half of these patients are manifesting dementia-related symptoms and health problems. As such, they consume the majority of the hospital’s resources. This is seconded by Peter Wallis, Heartlands’ clinical director for elderly care. “The patients do not show the beginning symptoms of dementia as expected. The symptoms are not always overt,” he added.

This is the reason that as early as middle age, you should plan your retirement, which should include a package for elderly care at a reputable pimlico care agency or avail yourself of Bluebird Care at Home when the time comes. Saving up for the future does not involve saving for your kids, it is also saving for the time that you cannot work anymore.

Though the government has allocated for funding care for the elderly like integrated home care and social services, it would be mind-comforting to have your own savings to rely on. It may be necessary to look into your family history for any familial disease that you or any other member of the family may inherit or likely to have as you reach old age. As such, proper allocation of funds while you are still working may be accomplished.

Another cause of concern that young people should be aware of is the recent findings of scientists regarding dementia. Apathy, which is basically, losing interest in activities that the individual enjoys doing may be a sign of brain disease. The presence of this symptom, according to Dr. Leonore Launer of the National Health Institutes in Maryland, may be an indication of an underlying problem. Most of the participants in the study have an average age of 76 and were subjected to questions identifying the feelings of apathy. A total of 4,354 people without dementia participated in this study and underwent MRI. Significant changes in the grey and white matter of the brain were noted from those participants who manifested symptoms of apathy. This means that apathy alone may indicate an underlying brain disease, in progress, that is.

As scientists and researchers are discovering ways of identifying the early symptoms of dementia, young individuals should also be aware of this possibility, especially with familial history of Alzheimer’s disease. This will help individuals map their own plans in terms of home health care or other affiliated health care agency should the need arise. It is also an opportunity for government stakeholders to prepare home health care careers that are efficiently integrated with the knowledge and skills to aptly address the needs of the future aging population.

The British Are Paying Too Much For Private Health Care


A recent study by the Competition Commission found that patients in the UK are paying far too much for private care (dentistry, hospitals, etc) because there is a lack of competition to drive down prices.

Their report shows that over 100 private hospitals in the UK are in uncompetitive areas with very little competition to offer. This allows them to demand higher fees and leave customers with little options of where else to turn.

For most people they do not see this as much of a problem. Around 80% of people that have private health care, have it paid for through a medical insurance company such as Bupa. In many cases this insurance is paid for their employers.

The problem is, the high profit margins that hospitals are making tends to come out on patients premiums. The insurers prices are set on a national scale, so little to no competition makes little difference. But it is believed that with the lack of competition across many areas of the UK, it is causing premiums to go up.

This is clearly unfair for anyone that lives in a less competitive area.

Have you noticed you are paying more for your healthcare? Are there not many private hospitals in your area?

The counter argument to the idea of “paying too much” is, these hospitals are private businesses and can charge whatever they choose. As any business can. The option is always there for NHS if you are unable to afford their prices.

While that is a good point. Does that mean it is acceptable to charge higher in some areas because their is less competition?

If they want to charge very high prices, that is fine. But is it fair that someone has to pay extra because there is little local competition around? Personally, I think not.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.