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Six early signs of dementia to look out for this Christmas

The early symptoms of dementia can creep up slowly on families – and the festive season can bring them to the fore. Christmas is a time when we get to take a rare break from work and spend some much-needed quality time with our families, squabbling over board games and pigging out on festive foods….

Take the hard work out of festive wreath-making with Platinum Skies

Platinum Skies are holding a Christmas open day event on Thursday 12th December from 12:00 – 14:00, where you can let us spoil you with a glass of mulled wine, wreath making, and some festive treats as you spend time with like-minded people. So often, we resort to spending money on Christmas wreaths each year…

Happiest places to live in Britain revealed by survey

Leigh-on-Sea made the top spot, with last year’s winner Leamington Spa in fifth place, Rightmove has said. Leigh-on-Sea has been crowned the happiest place to live in Britain, with Farnham in Surrey in second place and Monmouth in Wales coming third. The Essex coastal resort took the top spot in Rightmove’s happy at home index…

Quiz: Can you match the famous animal to the country in which it lives?

For these choosy critters there’s just no place like home. Generally, animals do not trouble themselves too much with national borders. Most of them swim, fly, and wander where they please, but there’s a small selection that can only be found in one country – whether confined on an island, reliant on a remote habitat,…

Video: What to do if someone is having a heart attack

Do you know what the four Ps are? Would you know what to do if someone around you suffered a heart attack? Chances are you have a loose idea from what you’ve seen in the movies, but that unfortunately isn’t quite enough. Luckily, St John Ambulance is here to show you the ropes. Hopefully you won’t need…

Five ways you can have a dementia-friendly Christmas this year

The festive season can be overwhelming for people living with dementia, but there are things you can do to ensure everybody enjoys the festivities. Celebrating Christmas with loved ones is one of life’s greatest joys, but it can also be an extremely stressful and lonely time for people affected by dementia, as well as their…

Five female firsts that broke new ground in British political history

100 years since Britain’s first female MP took a seat in parliament, Luke Rix-Standing looks at the trailblazers who smashed the political patriarchy. This year marks a century since a female MP first took a seat in the House of Commons – which happened just a year after (certain) women gained the right to vote…

Quiz: Which iconic monument was built first?

‘Iconic’ doesn’t do these world-famous landmarks justice, but how much do you really know about them? Touring historic sites can feel a bit like taking a trip on a city metro. When you get off you know where you are and what’s around you, but you probably have no idea how it relates to where…

A recipe for retirement success

We recently offered our guests the chance to sit back and relax with a free cookery demonstration and tasting event. Taking place at Esprit on High Street North in Poole and Chapters in Salisbury. Visitors and residents enjoyed first-class cuisine and beverages at the bistro restaurants. Visitors also get the chance to meet the dedicated…

Quiz: Can you name the country from a zoomed in picture of its flag?

Time to pin your colours to the mast. For what is, fundamentally, a piece of patterned cloth, we sure do get worked up about our flags. In Algeria, ‘flag desecration’ can carry 5 to 10 years in prison, while the Indian Flag Code specifies the exact height, angle, and material required for a flag to…