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Why Altruism
Can Honour our Ancestors and Families


Pascal Henri Gillon

By Pascal Henri Gillon,
Private Altruist Consultant

French philosopher Auguste Comte coined the word altruisme in 1851. Two years later it entered the English language as altruism. If you do not know its meaning, here is is: Altruism is a disposition of character that leads to self-interest, devotion, and willingness to do good to others, to help others, to be generous towards them, without expecting anything in return.

Who isn't tired to hear bad news on the box or in the papers when good news, in many places, do win the day. To create a society that cares on a daily basis, which can be featured on the news, we must do it ourselves! Governments could not then, deny the fact that we truly wish for an easier world. Is it such a daunting task? Not really. Many charities and organisations are showing us that the beauty of the human spirit within compassion is getting stronger.

But what we must reconnect with, is to do good within ourselves, for our home, our family, our friends. Research from neuroscience suggests these people aren’t just saying their generosity feels good because they think they’re supposed to. Instead, studies have shown that the psychological rewards of kindness are reflected in the neural circuitry of the brain.

In the mid 2000's the University of Oregon showed that charitable giving made the “feel-good” parts of people’s brains light up, particularly when the giving was totally voluntary giving a pleasant feeling we get from doing something nice for someone else. Also, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes testing brain activity, found that charitable giving triggered activity in the anterior prefrontal regions, located in the front-most parts of the brain: those are known to light up when we think about moral issues.

The benefits of being altruistic, are recognised by the people doing it and their communities: a genuine feel good factor laced with human compassion which makes us truly civilised and relaxes the day; an easier lifestyle, as we strive to grab the holistic moment of helping someone which leaves in us an indelible mark of respect and worth towards oneself; a genuine happy feeling to know that you are part of the solution, not the problem, by uplifting others which is in itself, uplifting society's positive habits towards empathy and community spirit.

Simple ideas to do altruism? Sure! Here it is:

· Invite someone for dinner

· Cook breakfast for the family

· Do someone's dishwashing or laundry at home

· Buy a small gift as a token of affection for a family member or friend

· Send a small thank you postcard to a person you appreciate

· Phone a friend to ask how they are

· Meet a relation for a cup of coffee and have a holistic chin-wag

· Let your partner watch their favourite show

· Pick up some litter near your home if unattended

· Make a genuine compliment to someone

· Be friendly on public transportation

· Put a great comment about a place you liked on their online feedback form

· Send an email praising the work of a person who inspired you positively

· Make a small donation in a charity collection box

· Sign a petition for animals or people on a website like change.org or causes.com or care2.com

· Bake a cake for a family, give some clothes or items you do not need to a charity shop

· Buy a hot drink for a stranger, donate your old vehicle, be a listening ear for somebody

· Volunteer at an animal shelter

· Help an elderly person if they need it

The list goes on .....

About Pascal Henri Gillon, Private Altruist Consultant

After having created infogatherer.com in Southern California in 2005,  then THEinfogatherer, which were both free services helping people to have a free shot at their dream, I decided in 2016, to create something more altruistic: A friendly, simple, powerful little haven on the net, where you could use tips, techniques even inspiration to do altruism on a regular basis and even can get some tender loving care moment at any time of the day. All for you to use freely. altruism-chic was born.

It is THE place for you to discover how to do altruism in such a user friendly and simple manner, that you will be astonished of how creating good can not only benefit your health but more so, create a chain reaction which will continue to ward off any morose path or gloomy mood which may come your way.

It is time to honour our ancestors and children, by taking a better control of our positive destiny as people. Altruism is the only spiritual currency for our soul. To invest in it, is to get richer holistically within ourselves.

For further information visit the website at https://altruism-chic.joomla.com/

 

Julia Bradbury says, “Walking Keeps me Sane”

Julia Bradbury

TV presenter and avid walker Julia Bradbury is calling for Brits to increase their physical activity to help them to be better prepared to meet with life’s challenges.

Following AXA PPP healthcare’s finding that almost two-thirds (62%) of Brits want to be more resilient (defined as the ability to bounce back from setbacks and to keep going in the face of tough demands and difficult circumstances), Julia Bradbury shares her simple but effective top tip to help make this desire a reality – go for a walk. Julia has teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare and its director of psychological services, Dr Mark Winwood, to encourage the nation to get more physical and to talk about how taking steps to build her own resilience has helped her through tough times.

Julia has found herself drawing on her resilience when overcoming both personal and professional challenges. She comments, “I feel incredibly resilient but it’s been a learning process and some of it is the result of having to survive unexpected difficulties – as we all do. I was diagnosed with life-threatening pre-eclampsia which threatened the lives of me and my unborn children.

“I’ve been through multiple rounds of IVF and both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer within a year of each other. My career has seen me in situations that have tested my physical abilities and my mental strength, requiring me to call upon skills I didn’t know I had, to tell myself to keep going. At times like these walking is my go-to therapy – a time to process my thoughts and gain perspective on problems.”

My top tips to build resilience are:

1. Believe in yourself. You’re mentally stronger and more resilient to life’s challenges than you might think.

2. Physical activity is key. Whether it’s a trip to the gym or simply walking at lunchtime, it all counts.

3. Protect and value relationships with your family and friends. Supporting each other and knowing you can count on them is incredibly nurturing – even better if you can persuade them to go walking with you!

Encouragingly, nearly three-quarters (72%) of the people polled by AXA PPP healthcare believe resilience is a skill that can be developed. And, when asked what factors they feel have the greatest impact on their resilience, over a third (39%) rank exercise in the top three. So Julia’s call to encourage Brits to take strides to help nurture this is well-founded.

Dr Winwood adds, “People may assume resilience is a quality or capability that can only be built by nurturing a positive mindset. But this isn’t true – physical activity and energy management play important roles in our ability to see the bigger picture and be able to deal with tough demands.

“Exercising can be a great source of energy – releasing endorphins to boost your mood. Use walking as time for a ‘digital detox’. Take time out to appreciate your surroundings and disconnect yourself from the stresses of everyday life. This is about positive, physical exercise to improve your mental attitude.

“Equally, ensuring we get good quality sleep enables us to recharge and be better prepared to meet life’s challenges. We all have an inherent level of resilience and it’s important we find ways to strengthen and maintain it each day so we can face whatever is thrown at us and come out stronger.”

Julia Bradbury and AXA PPP healthcare are urging Brits to pledge to take a brisk walk for 30 minutes, five times a week for four weeks, to improve mood as well as strengthen the heart and muscles.

For details on The Walk30 #TRYit challenge visit https://tryit.axappphealthcare.co.uk

 

Health & Wellbeing

Alzheimer’s Show Returns for Fifth Year

Angela Rippon

     Angela Rippon, guest speaker

The Alzheimer’s Show is returning for its fifth year in 2017 and will be in London on June 9th & 10th and Manchester on June 23rd & 24th. The UK’s leading event for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or memory loss, The Alzheimer’s Show brings help and hope to families and carers and welcomes the public and professionals.

The Alzheimer’s Show is invaluable for anyone concerned about memory loss or dementia. Research from Saga Healthcare released last year revealed that more people feared getting dementia than cancer. A survey of 9000 people over 50 showed that 43% feared developing dementia, with women (often the main carers), 20% more likely to be worried about developing the condition than males.

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and 650,000 carers looking after loved ones. The practical responsibility and emotional distress can be overwhelming but help is at hand at The Alzheimer’s Show with a vast range of experts and exhibitors, speakers and advisers sharing their expertise on living with Alzheimer’s.

Who should visit

Anyone who is experiencing memory loss, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or is living with dementia should come along to access a wealth of support and guidance on planning for their future. Families affected by Alzheimer’s, carers and professional support service providers should attend to find the latest advice, services and products to help those in their care.

About the Show

The Alzheimer’s Show


Dementia care has come a long way recently: The Alzheimer’s Show brings all the latest thinking, support, advice, practical tools and experts under one roof to help families, carers and professionals access the support and help they need.

The two-day event offers advice and insight from expert speakers, the latest products and services from care exhibitors and insight and empathy from people living with dementia.

Highlights include:

Hundreds of practical ideas and new solutions - businesses and organisations offering a range of products and services including care at home, care homes, living aids, reminiscence therapy, furniture, funding, training, telecare, assistive technology, charity support, latest research, legal services, education and financial guidance.

The Alzheimer’s Matters Theatre - hosting in-depth talks from leading dementia and care experts on key topics of interest for carers, relatives and professionals.

The Talks & Topics Theatre – hosting carers sharing their unique and invaluable experiences of caring for a person with dementia alongside professionals providing practical advice, including those living with dementia sharing their personal experiences.

Dementia UK Admiral Nurses – offering free, confidential consultations.

The Law Society – offering free legal advice including guidance on setting up Lasting Power of Attorney and providing for future care.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society says,
Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to be partnering with The Alzheimer’s Show for the fifth year. It’s a great opportunity to unite experts, professionals and people affected by the condition under one roof to share knowledge and provide support.

We’d encourage anyone affected by dementia to join the Show to listen to talks, visit Alzheimer’s Society’s stand, have one-to-one sessions with our dementia advisers, experience taster sessions of the Society’s training, and learn from leading experts.

Times and tickets

The Alzheimer’s Show takes place:

Olympia London:
Friday 9th June 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday 10 June 9.30am- 4.30pm

EventCity Manchester:
Friday 23rd June 10am-5pm
Saturday 24th June 10am-4pm

Tickets booked in advance cost £15 each (£10 concession). On the door tickets cost £20 each (£15 concession).

For more information and to book tickets visit: https://alzheimersshow.co.uk

 

The Importance of Clinical Trials

Re:Cognition Health is changing the future for those with memory loss and other symptoms of cognitive impairment

       Paving the Way for a
  Future Without Dementia


Re:Cognition Health is changing the future for those with memory loss and other symptoms of cognitive impairment, through providing education, clinical excellence and access to the most advanced treatments available worldwide.

It is an exciting time for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. Results from clinical trials are always encouraging, bringing us ever closer to treatments to slow or, ideally, halt the progression of the disease and to improve its symptoms.

Involvement in clinical trials enables individuals to receive the next generation of emerging medications, free of charge, before these medications are licensed for global use. Participants receive outstanding medical care and are monitored regularly throughout the study by a team of cognitive experts. All medical costs are covered by the pharmaceutical company.

Clinical trials are essential for advancing our understanding of medicine and improving the healthcare and quality of life for everyone affected by dementia and cognitive impairment. By participating in a research study, a person can make a direct impact on our ability to treat a given condition for society as a whole, whilst also gaining the potential benefit of early access to new treatments themselves.

Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO and Medical Director of Re:Cognition Health comments, “With the introduction of new biomarkers to detect evidence of Alzheimer’s disease at its earliest stage, there is reason for cautious optimism that new generation medications will delay progression of disease and or boost cognition. ”

Re:Cognition Health is proud of the pioneering work being undertaken by the consultants and cognitive experts at the clinic and continues to work hard to become one of the most successful clinics in the world for enrolling individuals on to final phase international clinical trials for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Additional studies that are currently being carried out at Re:Cognition Health include:


The Amaranth and Daybreak studies, both sponsored by Eli Lilly, which are investigating the same BACE-inhibitor compound, LY3314814 in patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

Re:Cognition Health is also currently offering patients who are asymptomatic, but at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the opportunity to participate in a BACE-inhibitor study, sponsored by Janssen, should they be demonstrated to have positive biomarkers and therefore be be at increased risk of developing cognitive symptoms.

Other potential disease modifying treatments for mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease being investigated by Re:Cognition Health include the adcucanumab in the Engage study, sponsored by Biogen, and the Steadfast study, sponsored by vTv Therapeutics. Re:Cognition Health will also be enrolling for a study investigating a potential new treatment for insomnia in patients who are also suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Alongside their work in the Alzheimer’s space, Re:Cognition Health is running studies for patients with migraine, sponsored by CoLucid and Lewy body dementia, sponsored by Axovant.

Peter Brabner, whose wife Helen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 73, is supporting her through the clinical study and is delighted to be part of potential future-changing research.

He comments, “If someone has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease I would say get in touch with Re:Cognition Health: they are doing excellent work and look after you so well throughout the process.

“We are realistic that we may not find a cure in Helen’s lifetime but we are hoping to help other people in some way. Also, by doing something positive and pro-active about it is good for us both.” Helen began a clinical trial with Re:Cognition Health in Guildford in December 2016.

For further information

For further information about taking part in the Re:Cognition trials for Alzheimer's Disease click on
www.recognitiontrials.co.uk

Or telephone: 0203 355 3536

For further information about Re:Cognition Health visit www.recognitionhealth.com

 

Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System

Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System from Neen
 

Neen, the UK leader in women’s pelvic health, supports women with a range of innovative and award-winning products designed to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and effectively treat the symptoms of incontinence.

Strong pelvic muscles are crucial to a woman’s quality of life, yet 1 in 3 women will suffer from some form of incontinence during their lifetime. Many are too embarrassed to address or acknowledge the symptoms of weakened muscles, often unaware that if you can control your pelvic muscles you can get control of your life back.

Neen products have helped thousands of women master their Kegel exercises and strengthen their pelvic floor muscles quickly and effectively, sweeping aside concerns about leaking at every laugh, sneeze or cough.

Aquaflex Pelvic Floor Exercise System retails at £23.50 and sells via Boots.

For more information and to buy Aquaflex click on www.boots.com
 

    SweetTree’s Top
   Tips for Managing
 Parkinson’s Disease


Angi Perez Sanchez, SweetTree's Support Manager for the Neurological Conditions & Brain Injury Service


     Angi Perez Sanchez, SweetTree’s
 Support Manager for the Neurological 
    Conditions & Brain Injury Service

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative condition of the nervous system which affects approximately 127,000 men and women in the UK, mostly of whom are diagnosed over the age of 50. The disease is progressive and incurable with symptoms including involuntary tremors and shaking, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement. It is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain, but it is not known what causes the nerve cells to die.

SweetTree Home Care services, an award-winning organisation that provides the highest quality care and support for individuals at home, have a dedicated Neurological care team who provide specialised support to individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. The support workers have both expert knowledge, experience, dedicated training and understanding of the disease and are therefore able to tailor the care around the person’s individual requirements.

Angi Perez Sanchez, SweetTree’s Support Manager for the Neurological Conditions & Brain Injury Service believes that it is possible to live well with Parkinson’s disease, “Although the condition can be limiting in many ways, having the right kind of support will enable the person to have a good quality of life.”

To follow, Angi shares her top tips to empower and support those living with Parkinson’s disease.

Medication

It’s important to maintain a good routine with medication, ensuring that you take the medication regularly at the right time and the prescribed dosage. Getting medication ready in the morning can be a huge help. It’s also important to understand the side effects that certain medication can have, so discuss this with your medical professional.

Exercise

Engage in regular exercise and lead as active a lifestyle as possible. Targeted exercises can be useful in addressing specific symptoms, for example resistance training strengthens the muscles. Other benefits of exercise include promoting better bone density, improving coordination, improving mood and mental wellbeing and keeping muscles and joints supple and flexible – all extremely important factors when managing Parkinson’s disease. Before embarking on an exercise regime, it is very important to consult your primary care doctor and / or neurologist for advice and guidance.

Diet

Maintaining a healthy, balanced and varied diet is extremely beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Cutting out or reducing sugar, processed food and junk food is essential. Increasing fluids and fibre is important in reducing instances of constipation, which is common for people with Parkinson’s disease. Individuals may need to adjust eating patterns to accommodate the timing of medication and certain foods may need to be avoided in order to prevent side effects.

Listen to your Body

It is very important to listen to your body and follow its signals. If you’re feeling low on energy take a short break and do not push yourself too much.

Regular Specialist Reviews

Regular specialist reviews are very important and should be booked in advance and adhered to. Having input from a multi-disciplinary team is very useful, this entails having access to and input from therapists such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

Arm Yourself with Support

Having adequate support around you is very important; whether that be a partner, family member, neighbour or carer. Never be afraid to ask for help and always keep your support network updated with your condition and any changes in your symptoms. This will ensure the care can be tailored to your needs; whether that be longer hours or varied activities.

Establish a Daily Routine

Daily life can become much easier when a daily routine is planned. Setting reoccurring alarms for each course of medication, meal times and exercise can be a huge help in keeping you on track. The more organised you are the easier it will be to keep a routine.

Keep a Diary

By recording activities such as medication, food, activities, exercise, symptoms, mood and changes over a sustained period of time, medical experts will be able to monitor the progression of the disease more clearly and identify possible tweaks to the daily routine, medication and your care needs.


Knowledge is Power

Look to join local support groups and seek out those in similar conditions so you can share tips and experiences. Parkinson’s UK provides outstanding information and support to individuals afflicted by the disease and it is a great information resource. The more you understand about the condition, the better equipped you will be to cope.

For more information about SweetTree Home Care Services click on
www.sweettree.co.uk
 

  A Connecting Thread
  for those Experiencing
         Bereavement

 
Sue Ryder Online Community and Support

 
Grief is a lonely place and can be made all the more difficult without a support network.
 
National hospice and neurological care charity
Sue Ryder published ground-breaking research in 2015 that provided a unique insight into the UK’s experiences of bereavement and showed that people may be suffering longer than they need to.
 
The research revealed that it takes an average of two years, one month and four days to feel better following the death of a loved one, and having people around to talk to reduces this bereavement period by an average of eight months, three weeks and five days. Almost a quarter of those surveyed talked of keeping their feelings bottled up and more than a third said bereavement had a considerably negative effect on their wellbeing, with some considering suicide.
 
These survey findings were a clear indication of what was needed: a way to bring together people facing or experiencing bereavement. In June 2015 Sue Ryder launched its
online community to address this need, and in the two years since the online platform has helped thousands of people with its advice and support for those dealing with death, dying and bereavement.
 
Described as a ‘connecting thread’, the online community brings people together and offers practical and emotional advice on all areas involved with terminal illness and bereavement. The site offers the opportunity for peer to peer discussions where people can share fears, worries, anxieties and experiences, and many users who have come through the other side of bereavement offer advice and support. For some, the community provides the reassurance that their feelings and experiences are a normal part of the grieving process.
 
Alongside this peer-to-peer support, the site features a wealth of information approved by palliative care professionals, including expert advice on how to deal with a terminal diagnosis, making choices about places of care, writing Wills, planning for death and arranging funerals. Sue Ryder staff can signpost users to the most appropriate healthcare service – be that their district nurse, GP, consultant or local hospice provider.
 
Elise Hoadley of Sue Ryder says,  “Bereavement can be a long and difficult process and our online community supports people who are struggling to come to terms with a friend or loved one’s death and would benefit from receiving expert advice and tips as well as peer to peer support.
 
“The service also seeks to better prepare people before a loved one dies and provides advice with everything from how to cope with their terminal diagnosis through to place of care decisions and how to plan before and after their death.

“Death affects everyone connected to that person and we hope our new online community and support will better support people during the most difficult time of their lives.”
 
An online community user commented, “This site has been a godsend. It's comforting to know you're not alone, that there are others going through the same pain.”
 
The Sue Ryder online community is free, available 24 hours a day and accessible by desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Open to all members of the public, the online community gives the option of anonymity for those who do not wish to disclose their name and personal details. The site is actively moderated to ensure it remains a safe and supportive environment.
 
For more information or to visit Sue Ryder’s new online community and support, please visit www.sueryder.org/community 

 

 Turmelicious Latte

Turmelicious Latte

Turmeric Lattes are being heralded as one of the trendiest, as well as healthiest drinks for 2017. From Artisan coffee shops to sports clubs, this healthy alternative to coffee is fast becoming a hot favourite.

However, making your own is not only time consuming but can leave your fingers and kitchen counter a lovely shade of yellow! So the mother of 5 and business owner Maggie Howell has launched Turmerlicious - a new range of instant turmeric lattes which come in convenient single serving sachets for when you are on the go or larger packs of 10 servings for your kitchen counter.

Turmerlicious is made from a blend of coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, a hint of black pepper to aid with the absorption of turmeric and coconut blossom nectar to a touch of sweetness. To accommodate the taste buds of her own 5 sons, she has created four different natural flavours – Vanilla, Ginger, Choco, and for the not so faint hearted, chilli choc.

Turmerlicious is also dairy free, gluten free, nut free and non-choco versions are also caffeine free. To maximise the health benefits of the drink each serving contains approx. 1.5g whole food Turmeric powder.

The real beauty of Turmerlicious is it so simple and easy to make - Just add 3 heaped teaspoons to a mug, pour in boiling water, stir well and enjoy!

For more information about Turmelicious click on www.turmerlicious.com