Happy New Year!

With all best wishes for 2017 - especially those on duty over Hogmanay -  and we very much look forward to working with you in the New Year! 

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Season's Greetings!

‘I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? 
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’  Lewis Carroll

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Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season

Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. 

It’s when the sun on our sky’s dome reaches its farthest southward point for the year. This year, the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day and longest night of the year today - Wednesday, December 21.  Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere, on the day of the December solstice has its longest day and shortest night.

A solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis, and its motion in orbit around the sun. Because the Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. The tilt of the Earth – not our distance from the sun – is what causes winter and summer. At the December solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is leaning most away from the sun for the year.

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The Festival of Winter Walks

‘It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.’

John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”


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The benefits of pet ownership

 Today is International Animal Rights Day and to celebrate we're looking at the
benefits pet ownership can bring to various family settings, from a single older person, to a family with young children.  After all, pets provide companionship, protection, emotional support and physical exercise, all of which are potentially beneficial to pet owners. This bond can be traced back at least 1200 years.

Not so well known is that academic research has shown that our pets can actually make us physically and mentally healthier. Just the presence of our pets can lift our spirits and help us relax.

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I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong ……………

As Anger Awareness Week draws to a close, here at CareShield we've been wondering whether anyone has been fortunate enough to avoid conflict all together? We can't believe anyone has, especially when we considered all the difficult situations - both at work and at home - that we've found ourselves caught up in. 

Many of us work with challenging patients who perhaps suffer from aggressive forms of dementia – and as a result have to deal with difficult situations through no fault of our own.  But often, we forget we can be part of the problem and that usually there are two sides to every story.

The aim of Anger Awareness Week is to identify anger as an issue which needs to be addressed effectively,  helping people befriend anger by using the right tools to calm themselves down and to deal effectively with this emotion, be it of their own or that of others.  This is especially true, both in the run up to, and over Christmas.

As part of Anger Awareness Week, the British  Association of Anger Management have created an innovative Keep Your Cool Over Yule Kit, which can be used by individuals, organisations, families, schools and other groups.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many
barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education. The aim of the Day is to create a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

 By promoting empowerment, real opportunities are created. Empowerment involves investing in people - in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. The theme for 2016's Day is: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, which provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.

“Yes I can, if ……..” Will Pike

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It's Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake,  involving thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year.

Brake is a road safety charity that works to prevent road death and injury, make streets and communities safer, and supports the victims of road crashes. Brake founded Road Safety Week in 1997 as an annual event to raise awareness about road safety and promote steps that everyone can take to stop these needless deaths and injuries year-round.

Road Safety Week aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the Week and beyond. It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness and engagement in their work.

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Beat the Bugs!

Infection control is everybody’s business so as we’re half way through World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we thought we’d share the statistics to prove why this is so.  In the recent final report and recommendations of Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, chaired by Jim O’Neill (May 2016) detailed scenario analyses provided the basis for their conclusion.  These included:

  • The 700,000 deaths  globally in 2016 from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) could increase to 10 million per year by 2050 – more people than currently die from cancer and a staggering death toll of one person every 3 seconds.
  • In the two years it took from the Report commencing start to its publication over 1 million people have died from AMR and new forms of resistance have emerged that were not known about in 2014.
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Diabetes Management and Medication

Today is World Diabetes Day. It's a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world to raise awareness of how serious the disease is.  This means knowing, for example that in the UK diabetes:

- kills 65 people every single day.

- causes blindness and kidney disease.

- that every week it causes:
1400 cases of heart failure
540 strokes
140 lower limb amputations

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