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n o i t p O e f a S The Avery Healthcare is one of the fastest growing UK care groups, currently with 57 operational homes, two more opening in 2020 and others under construction, providing residential, dementia, step down and respite care, with half its homes also offering nursing care. Its newest service in Worcestershire opened this Autumn, providing a high-quality service in the spa town of Droitwich. Established in 2005, Avery has grown to be currently the twelfth largest private provider of adult care beds in the country, employing over 5,000 staff. The company operates homes that it has both developed as well as acquired. All the acquired services in recent years have been the subject of much overdue investment, to bring environments as well as quality of care up to its high standards. Avery has always been at the forefront of care home design, and for many years the hallmarks have been its cafés, cinema rooms, salons, accessible gardens and other resident amenities. The company’s mantra is ‘Care With A Difference’, and it has invested much research, development and staff training in to delivering best-in-class care for its residents through innovative programmes. High quality dining is supported by leading initiatives to provide choice and aide resident health; Vegetarian & Vegan menus, a Cutlery-Free Whole Dining Programme, Alfresco dining, and a Hydration initiative. A crop of sector awards in recent years including Care Chef of the Year and Vegetarian Chef of the Year recognise the standards and innovation in Avery’s 5* EHO kitchens. Validating its comprehensive resident Well-being Model, Embrace®, Avery recently launched an evidenced-based Well-Being Measurement Tool. This shows individual resident

progress, against measures agreed with them, fundamental to their person-centred care. The measurement tool covers all factors of mind, body and soul and is completed regularly to demonstrate Well-being improvements that chart progress, shape Care Plans and inform families. The Avery ReConnect® Strategy, a comprehensive approach to dementia care, was deployed in 2019, with a bespoke 5-stage staff Training Pathway to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to support residents living with dementia, plus an Audit Tool that measures and evaluates the quality

Avery Healthcare is one of the fastest growing UK care groups, currently with 57 operational homes, two more opening in 2020 and others under construction, providing residential, dementia, step down and respite care.

of the memory care in the homes. Life Story Work in conjunction with family members brings out the individual histories of all residents, and Playlist For Life provides all of their favourite music, which can be used to calm or brighten a resident’s mood. Avery seeks to be an employer of choice for work environment, shift flexibility, training and career development and leadership.

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n In Care It invests over ÂŁ1m annually in staff training (in statutory, mandatory, clinical, training and leadership skills) to enhance care and service delivery, attract quality employees, and reduce turnover, with career pathways for all with internal and external courses. Avery has developed greater value for employees within its AveryOneÂŽ Programme, based upon staff feedback, to enhance work experience and career opportunity. Through a phone App it provides weekly pay access, vouchers and coupons at leading retailers supermarkets and entertainment providers, proactive on-line lifestyle and health advice, plus healthcare, optical and hospital plans. Avery invests in its people and its services to ensure that the resident experience in care delivers as fulfilling and active a lifestyle as possible, one that extends health and is a positive place to be for both resident and employee. In recent times it has trained all of its staff in new hygiene regimes and sanitisation protocols, to ensure that its services are some of the safest places to live.

Ambassador’s Letter

Cheers to a New ‘Life’ As a proud Avery Ambassador for the last four years, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the launch issue of our quarterly glossy magazine Avery Life. It’s packed full of informative and interesting features that are designed to enhance any senior lifestyle. In this tailor-made title, we will be covering a multitude of topics from books to baking, recipes, health, wealth, romance and an abundance of new hobbies to try— we even have an Christmas gift guide and a feature on iconic English brands from a bygone era. We also feature our very own centenarian Jack Evans from our Hawthorns care home in Aldridge, along with a fitting tribute from Colonel A. Rodgers to war hero Dennis Wheatcroft at Crispin Court. A review of our multi award-winning Ashurst Mews care home in Northampton, which details their outstanding achievements as well as a brief historical insight.

Add in a dash of the nation’s favourite: Dame Judi Dench, along with our celebrity columnist Dr. Ben Lynch, and you have a rollicking read to dive straight in to. I sincerely hope you get as much enjoyment from browsing through our first issue as we did compiling it. Happy reading and I look forward seeing you all again in January. Until then, stay safe and have a wonderful winter.

Sherrie Hewson Brand Ambassador


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| Judi Dench

Star of stage, screen... and Tik Tok


| Jewel in the Crown

Multi-award winning Ashurst Mews


| Tale of the Century

Meet our super centenarian Jack Evans


| Postcards of Kindness

Everyone loves a postcard...



| VE Day

32 | So Far, yet so Close

Honouring our very own Avery hero, Colonel Dennis Wheatcroft

From A to Zoom... Stay in touch with your loved ones


54 | Hard to Swallow

| Love Never Gets Old

Senior romance solutions

68 | Memory Lane...

Iconic brands of yesteryear

Understanding Dysphagia

70 | Happy Christmas Stress-free gift guide

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T H E R E N TA L R E T I R E M E N T E X P E R T S As part of the Avery Group, the Hawthorns retirement communities have been established in the UK since 1994, and they provide a unique option in senior living, of all-inclusive and fully-serviced rental retirement. Honed by customer feedback over many years, they are the experts in the sector. In one of retirements best kept secrets, the friendly Hawthorns staff work hard to ensure that everyday worries are replaced with everyday pleasures, and the happy retirement you’ve worked hard for becomes a reality. The Hawthorns provides a great opportunity to make new friends, enjoy new experiences, and relax in the freedom of an all-inclusive lifestyle and community that property purchase won’t guarantee you. With locations in coastal towns or semi-rural positions in the centre of England, the Hawthorns independent retirement communities offer a choice of stylish and spacious studio, 1-bed and 2-bed apartments. They all have great dining rooms and cafÊs, hair salons, lounges, cinema rooms and an active well-being programme and social calendar.

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With all your utility bills, quality dining, weekly housekeeping, council tax, internet access, property and garden maintenance, plus trips out in the mini coach all included in one simple monthly rental, life is enjoyable and stress free. There’s also a private dining room to entertain family and friends for special occasions, and even a visitor’s suite should anyone need to stay over. The Hawthorns knows that quality of dining is important to its residents, and they have a team of professional chefs that freshly prepare nutritionally balanced meals with menu choices in each of three courses, including wine at lunchtimes, again all included. There are free refreshments available throughout day to include tea, coffee and juices, fresh fruit and home baked cakes and biscuits. Your well-being is a key concern for the Hawthorns staff, and the experienced management team are on hand around the clock for your peace of mind in this safe and secure environment. There’s even a first responder call system in each apartment, so you can feel safe, secure and looked after. To support your extended health and well-being there’s a wide range of activities and exercises led by dedicated staff to support your mind, body and soul. Unlike purchasing a retirement property, the Hawthorns is based on a rental model, providing considerable savings. No survey fees, legal costs or stamp duty on moving in; no service charges, repair costs or ground rent as you live there, and importantly no exit fees should your circumstances change. There’s no binding contract either, just 30 days’ notice, so very flexible and very clear. If you prefer a different outlook or you wish to downsize apartment there are no costs or delays, just a single charge to reflect that the apartments always come freshly decorated and with new carpets where required – you just move in! So check out the detail and check out The Hawthorns. As a proven offering it has stood the test of time in retirement property, as the market leader in rental and all-inclusive senior living.

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ohn Strowbridge became involved in the adult social care sector in the early 1990s after a successful career in property and finance. This experience encouraged him to develop a better quality of home in the care sector, noting that the great majority of services at that time were conversions of older buildings, and not therefore suited to delivering the best care. From that point he set out to develop new bespoke services that would help raise the bar in adult care.

John Strowbridge

Since starting with the development of a single home he has been involved with over 130 care facilities, has acquired 34 groups of homes, sold 9 groups, and completed 65 new builds. He has deployed over ÂŁ850m in capital and employed a total of over 7,500 staff in this time. Whilst heading Avery, John has become respected for innovation and quality in the elderly care sector, both in the design of care buildings and the continuous improvement of care standards. He has attracted global market investment into his assets and created a benchmark that many other care providers covet. Avery was recognised in 2018 as Residential Provider of the Year and members of staff have won many awards in recent years in their respective categories of work in care. Now working with investor Welltower Inc., John is leading Avery towards becoming a major privately-owned operator in the UK care sector, delivering a compelling proposition of the highest levels of care in hotel-style surroundings. He has built an expert team around him in Avery, set to deliver all aspects of this and develop a leading care culture through continued innovation in both environments and service delivery.


With a wealth of combined care experience amassed over a 30 year period and an ever burgeoning reputation of delivering high quality affordable care it’s no surprise that Avery Healthcare are seen as market leaders in the sector.

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haron Winfield is the Chief Operating Officer for the Avery Group and has been with the company since 2006. She now leads a senior ops team with nine regional managers covering a group that currently stands at 60 locations. Sharon began her career in the sector in 1992; after studying at Teeside University, Sharon gained broad experience in the public, charitable, and private sectors. Passionate about quality, Sharon has achieved numerous quality framework accolades over the years and has helped commission around 50 homes. Sharon’s current role at Avery oversees the continual development of systems and processes and directing operational efficiencies through strategic planning. Her leadership skills were invaluable as the pandemic struck, and she has calmly but efficiently led Avery through the most strenuous of challenges, directing focus and resources on ensuring that residents and staff were kept as safe as possible, and that the virus was progressively eradicated from the homes. Sharon is married with three children and lives in County Durham. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the Cumbrian Lakes and other travel.

Ian Matthews

an Matthews co-founded Avery alongside John Strowbridge in 2005 and has led the commercial side of the business throughout its significant growth in the sector. A chartered accountant by profession, Ian has previously worked for some of the biggest operators in the adult care sector, including Westminster Healthcare as Director of Operations and Barchester Healthcare with commercial, operations and regulatory responsibility. Ian is the Avery Group’s nominated liaison with the Care Quality Commission, which is a position of responsibility and accountability in front of the regulator. In partnership with John Strowbridge, he has helped drive the quality of services, embracing new ideas and ways to improve the quality of care provided and establishing a strong team to make Avery one of the UK’s leading quality providers. In his spare time Ian enjoys country sports and current and political affairs and is a wine aficionado.


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From Notes On A Scandal to Bond to becoming TikTok’s latest sensation and her most recent accomplishment as British Vogue’s oldest cover star, Dame Judi Dench isn’t slowing down anytime soon. When asked recently about the possibility of retirement, her response… “No, no, no, no. Don’t use that word… Not in this house. Not here. Wash your mouth out”. Quoting Dylan Thomas’s poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, she added:

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Never a truer word spoken.” By Christie Holland

Judith Olivia Dench was born on December 9th 1934 in North Yorkshire, England. Her father was a doctor and her mother worked as a wardrobe mistress. After attending school in York she went onto study at the Central School of Speech and Drama. At age 22 she was discovered during a performance of Hamlet where she played the tortured Ophelia.



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1968 In 1961, Judi joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in The Cherry Orchard at the Aldwych Theatre. She played the role of Isabella in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure the following year. She also appeared as Lady Macbeth in a Playhouse Company production. In 1964 Judi made her screen debut in the British drama film The Third Secret followed by a cameo role in the Sherlock Holmes movie, A Study in Terror. Her television debut came in 1959 in the BBC series, Hilsa Lessways. Judi’s first big break was her role in the film, Four in the Morning for which she was awarded the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 1966. This was followed by a second BAFTA I don’t think anybody for her performance in the BBC can be told how to drama, Talking to a Stranger.

act. I think you can give advice. But you have to find your own way through it.

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Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love and received positive reviews for her work in Mrs Brown, Chocolat (2000) and Mrs Henderson Presents.

A variety of films and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company filled her career over the next 20 years before she portrayed the character ‘M’ in Licence to Kill in 1989. Her stern persona was based on the real-life MI5 boss Stella Rimington. A national treasure, she went on to appear consistently in the role until 2015.

In 2002 Michael died aged 65 after a long battle with lung cancer. Dench has been very vocal over the years about how she will never remarry and how she never expected to meet someone special again but did unexpectedly find someone ‘who makes her laugh,’ conservationist David Mills whom she met in 2010. Talking of the relationship Judi revealed, “I wasn’t even prepared to be ready for it,” she told The Times. “It was very, very gradual and grown up. We got together, in a way, through the animals. It’s just wonderful.”

Alongside her work as ‘M’, Judi won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen

Throughout her career, this icon of stage and screen, has performed in over 80 plays to date worldwide

In 1971 she married British actor, Michael Williams after dating for 10 years. The couple have a daughter, Tara Cressida Frances Williams who has gone on to work as an actor.


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and enjoyed success in genres ranging from TV shows, notably in A Fine Romance, to Hollywood blockbusters and of course, as the iconic ‘M’. Despite all the accolades, which includes over 50 awards and more than 200 nominations including five BAFTAS and 7 Oscar nominations, an OBE and a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire), Judi keeps her achievements in perspective. “It all seemed dreamlike; it was just heaven,” she said of her 1999, Tony-winning Broadway run in Amy’s View. “One wonderful evening, I came out and there was the Fonz (Henry Winkler). Well, I didn’t know where to put myself.” Regarded as one of the nicest and kindest people in the business, Judi Dench is a true British national treasure.

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GOOD BOOK A good book can whisk us away to the far corners of our imagination. With endless novels and non-fiction on the market we wanted to offer a helping hand and narrow

The Last Days of Robert Maxwell by John Preston

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What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda

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Everything Beautiful in Its Time by Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, bestselling author, and co-anchor of The Today Show, shares touching, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her. Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heart-warming, intimate personal tales filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories.

Finding Freedom

by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand The first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life together, finally revealing why they chose to pursue a more independent path and the reasons behind their unprecedented decision to step away from their royal lives, from two top royal reporters who have been behind the scenes since the couple first met. Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dismissing the many rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. With unique access and written with the assistance

of those closest to the couple, this is an honest and up-close portrait of a modern, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a difference in the world.

Your Second Act

by Patricia Heaton Your Second Act is an entertaining, inspirational book about second acts in life and reinventing yourself from beloved television actress Patricia Heaton, the Emmy Award–winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle, and most recently, Carol’s Second Act, which follows fifty-year-old Carol Kenney, who, after raising two children and retiring as a teacher, finally pursues her dream of becoming a doctor. Just like her character, Heaton knows what it’s like to stage a second act and navigate pivotal transitions in life. After her children spread their wings, she discovered she had the time to pursue passions she had previously put on hold. As a result, she took a step forward in her career and for the first time is not only the star of her show but also the executive producer. She now also finds great fulfilment as a Celebrity Ambassador for World Vision, the world’s largest non-governmental organisation and alongside her husband supports poverty relief across the globe. Filled with light-hearted anecdotes and helpful steps to finding your own journey, Your Second Act shows us that it’s never too late to start your second act!


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Ashurst Mews CARE HOME

Ashurst Mews Care Home is situated in the leafy village of Moulton on the outskirts of Northampton. An ‘outstanding’ care home, as rated by the Care and Quality Commission, offering residential, nursing and dementia care as well as respite and care for young people with disabilities. The team at Ashurst Mews is dedicated to making life comfortable, fun and homely, and consistently endeavour to involve all guests in hobbies and activities - as they say - you’re never too old to try something new! Taking in some fresh air out in the beautiful gardens and literally smelling the roses, provides the residents with a spirit-lifting outdoor area to enjoy on a (weather

permitting) daily basis. Part of this is thanks to the recent ‘Meadow Walk Project’ in which both residents and staff helped develop the extension of the gardens. Ashurst Mews is a spacious home with plenty of light and modern, well-designed interiors, and many communal areas for all preferences and levels of activity, or perhaps just a bit of peace and quiet. A favourite feature of the home is the cinema room where the residents can enjoy an old classic, a musical or feature film accompanied with popcorn of course! Family and friends are encouraged to visit, and get involved in life there, as communication is paramount to personal care. Residents are urged to decorate their own bedrooms to give them a personal touch which really helps to bring comfort and a sense of belonging to their new home.


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History Ashurst Mews, formerly known and originally developed as Lucas Court Care Home, Moulton, was built in the mid ‘90s, by John Strowbridge along with his partner at the time, Dr. David Alston. This was the fourth in a small group of homes they were developing as DJS Healthcare. The home opened successfully but after eight months of operation the whole group was sold to Southern Cross Healthcare as part of their rapid expansion during this time. The home sadly deteriorated, which the partners at DJS had to watch from afar with some disappointment as to how it was operated. Then in 2014 Avery Healthcare Group (founded by John Strowbridge) were offered to take over ten homes as part of a financing deal between the two companies Welltower and HC-One (formed to take over operations from Southern Cross Healthcare due to their going out of business) - there were a list of homes to choose from which Avery were given only twenty-four hours to make a selection! On the list was Lucas Court, which made Mr. Strowbridge smile with joy at the opportunity of getting it back, which he did as Avery Healthcare Group in 2014. An investment of around two million pounds and a year’s hard work transformed the home and reset it for the next twenty years. It is now considered a jewel of Northamptonshire, sitting beautifully within the village of Moulton, and an asset to the town with regards to providing great care to the community. The team at Avery are proud to have been a part of taking the home full circle. They always enjoy visiting to see the positive progress thanks to Ashurst Mews being run brilliantly by Rex Pudol and his team who have lifted the standards immensely. “It has been incredible to be able to meet some of the original staff, from over 20 years ago, who have remained at the home since I developed it as Lucas Court, and none of you look a day older!” claimed Managing Director and majority owner of Avery, John Strowbridge, after a recent visit to the home.

Management Since taking over as Home Manager in June, 2018 Rex Pudol, alongside Deputy Manager Hollie Morris, seized the opportunity to focus on restructuring the team at Ashurst Mews which helped take the care home from a ‘Good CQC’ all the way up to an ‘Outstanding CQC’ rating by its next review. The Operation and Regional Managers at the time; (Andrea Feeney and Marius Feeney, respectively) saw potential in the young manager and, although his experience was limited within the role, gave Rex the chance to raise the bar, and that is exactly what he did. The staff all benefitted from the improvement as key roles were identified within each unit and they felt the support provided by the developments. Newly appointed roles such as Balwinder Marwaha becoming the unit manager of residential ground floor, Emel Manea leading the memory floor, and Cristina Popa being promoted to senior staff nurse and unit manager of the nursing floor, were put into effect. It takes a special kind of person to work in care, it can be an extremely rewarding task, yet there can be intense pressures and personal strains that come with the job. To encourage recognition for their hard work as well as provide motivation, awards such as ‘outstanding staff member of the month’, and ‘quarterly outstanding team recognition’, were introduced at Ashurst Mews; the winner of such receiving a trophy and a letter identifying their outstanding performance. This initiative has proven to boost morale as well as help staff to feel appreciated and their achievements noticed. Making an event out of presenting the awards adds to the success and sincerity of the initiative, and having both categories means that the staff find ways to work as individuals as well as working as a team. Outside of in-house initiatives staff members may be nominated for regional awards; Emel Manea, for example was nominated for Dementia Carer of the Year in 2019. 25

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The morale and motivation of their residents is paramount at Ashurst Mews and the team truly delivers when it comes to encouraging projects which nurture individuality as well as celebrate lives. The care home was recently certified as a “Playlist for Life” establishment - an initiative which involves staff working alongside the residents and their families exploring a person’s history to create a life-story playlist of music attached to their memories and emotions. The Memory Floor at Ashurst Mews tends to residents with dementia. Due to the lack of regular sleep patterns that comes with the affliction, there are often personalised night time activities needed to prevent boredom, loneliness or disconnectedness. The ‘Wide Awake Hours’ initiative helps staff and residents to connect and promote a healthy lifestyle despite their disrupted routine.

Other key tools used to trigger memories for their residents involve creating personalised memory boxes, memory books, personalised zimmer frames and life story picture boards. This enables the residents to keep particular belongings and photos which hold a lifetime of memories close to them. Their framed life story board, and personalised mobility frames (if they use one of course) are designed to hold pictures


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of the resident in question, or photos from their lives, in order to aid the care team to support and connect with them, their personal experiences and history as well as assist with memory.

Recognition Ashurst is not a newcomer to receiving accolades or awards, the following is a list of recent recognition this outstanding care home has received: On 11th April 2019, Ashurst Mews was inspected by Northampton County Council (NCC). The result was extremely positive with all areas of care meeting standards with no recommendations (for alteration) given.

There is also an initiative entitled “something very special� designed for those residents who are able, to take a day out to visit a place where they spent time in their past. This assists in recollection of memories as well as bringing great joy and inspiration to the residents as they seek out treasured views, walks or landmarks or favourite meals from their past. Often they get to spend the day with family or friends to really help to complete their special outing by creating new, fond memories.

Ashurst Mews achieved an amazing 98% in an inspection carried out by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) April 2019. In October 2019 the home achieved an almost perfect score of 9.9 out of 10 in Carehome.co.uk. Ashurst also featured in the top 20 (out of 1565) homes in East Midlands. Ashurst Mews Care Home was given an overall CQC OUTSTANDING rating in October 2020.

The care team at Ashurst Mews really go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to creating a happy home for their residents, embracing all innovation including technology, nutrition, entertainment, new initiatives, health and lifestyle. 27

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Jack Evans

A LIFE WELL LIVED Interview by Nicola McGeorge

In this issue we celebrate Jack Evans 100th birthday by asking him to reflect on this incredible milestone. Jack talks to us about his long and happy marriage to Rene, joining the home guard and building an incredibly successful tool making company, whose clientele included the likes of Ford Motors. 28

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I was born in Coventry, but we moved to Birmingham when I was four, so I consider myself a Brummie really.

My earliest memory is of being transported in a van from Coventry with my brother to our new home in Birmingham, whilst my mother and father rode alongside on a motor bike and side car. My school was only down the road from Villa Park, so I was destined to become an Aston Villa fan. I have always loved the game and joined the ranks of semi professionals for a while. After school I started my apprenticeship in the tool making trade, but I soon realised I wanted to join the RAF voluteer service instead. The feeling wasn’t mutual. They told me to turn around and go straight back to work, as the country needed experienced tool makers and I was not to bother applying again.

When the war broke, I met up with my friends that evening and we all agreed that we were going to join the army together the next day. The following morning while filling out the paperwork at the army recruitment centre, I thought I would try and be clever and wrote labourer under the occupation section. I returned to work and was immediately collared by my boss and told he was, ‘going to kick my arse.’ The recruitment centre had called my work. Two and two were put together and I was marched back down there and got a right telling off from the sergeant for wasting their time. So that was the end of that. I was the only

one out of my friends who didn’t go to war and sadly I never saw them again. I did my time in the home guard, it was hard work, working all day and playing soldiers all night. On the first night, thankfully we had an old fellow with us who had served in the First World War, and he was able to show us how to use our rifles, because of course we had no clue at all.

I met my wife at a dance in 1935, we were both 15 and got married at 20, as her mother wouldn’t agree to it before then. We had a very happy life together. Rene always thought I could walk on water, which of course I couldn’t. I just always seemed to have luck on my side. My success in life has really been a case of being at the right place at the right time. A good example of this was when I was left two hundred pounds in the will of my great aunt who I didn’t even know existed. I sat my wife down and explained my idea of investing the money into a small factory run by two locals which I had just been told about. The factory needed new equipment which my investment could cover and I had the contacts to bring in the work. I really believed I could make a success of it. Rene’s reply to my life changing idea was, ‘If you want to do it, do it.’ That’s how she always was with me, she had faith in everything I did.

It started off with just the four of us at the factory and when I retired at 67 and sold the company, we had a work force of 89. Even though I was Managing 29

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His first Jaguar

Director of the company I was still always the main tool designer. We worked damn hard and regularly pulled all nighters to keep up with our clients needs. One day two Ford reps turned up on a Friday night, they needed steel inserts for arm rests and wanted to know if we could produce fifty of them by Monday. We said we could try and worked straight through the whole weekend, just managing to get the order finished in time. Impressed with our work, Ford then gave us our first order and they went on to became one of our biggest clients. We ended up supplying the steel inserts inside the armrests of every Ford Cortina, sending thirty thousand a week to Germany via Dagenham. Like I said, it was all about the right place at the right time, rather than being business savvy.

I have only been abroad

once and that was for work. The arm rest for the Ford Cortina had been rejected by Germany and Ford didn’t know why, so they asked me to go over straight away and sort it out. We went to catch the hovercraft but due to the storms

“Rene always thought I could walk on water, which of course I couldn’t. I just always seemed to have luck on my side. My success in life has really been a case of being at the right place at the right time.” we had to make a quick change of plans and dashed to Dover to get on the ferry. We eventually made it to Genk in Belgium in the nick of time and it took me no time at all to find the problem - they weren’t Fords arm rests at all. Nothing to do with us. That was the only time I ever left the UK. As I mentioned earlier, Rene and I enjoyed a wonderful marriage together, up until the day she passed nine years ago. We were blessed with our son David, who is now 75 and two grandchildren, Sarah and Paul. I still own my own property, which is where Sarah currently lives.

In the early years, we used to holiday in Devon every year. As the business became more successful, we were able to buy a caravan in a little village just outside of Tenby in Wales, and enjoyed our vacations there for nearly 40 years. 30

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My love of gardening came from my father and my grandfather. My property has a bloody big garden, which has brought me a tremendous amount of joy over the years. I still grow a variety of fruit and vegetables both at my property and here at Hawthorns Care Home. I even grow tomatoes in my bedroom and you will never taste better I can promise you that. They along with my courgettes, peppers and chillies are used by the chefs in the kitchens. For the last three years my son has given me an apple tree called ‘Channel Beauty’ on Father’s day. It was developed and grown by C.H.Evans, my grandfather in 1922. I have planted them in my garden and whenever I eat one of those apples I feel connected to him.

My favourite decade was surprisingly the 40s, the war period. Why? Because everyone was so nice, so friendly, so honest – we all just pulled together. You could walk into anyone’s house, the doors were always open for you. I have often said that those years were the best years.

Jack’s son David with “Channel Beauty”

I always enjoyed my masonic side of life. I was given a life membership for my work as the Preceptor at my lodge. I was 52 when I joined the society, which is quite late in life to do so. Most people go through three degrees, I went through 30. Not many have done that. I enjoyed my time there and all the people I met. They still phone me every other day, even though I haven’t been to that lodge for over twenty years because of my wife’s health. They look after me and they are determined they are going to throw a 100th birthday party for me, but I don’t know when that’s going to be able to happen due to the current pandemic.

“Be honest with people. That’s what I found useful in life. Be dead honest to them...”

My main advise for youngsters of today is to just be honest with people. That’s what I found useful in life. Be dead honest to them. No ifs and buts. Also, do things for others whenever you possibly can. Because, it may not seem like a lot to you but it could mean a whole lot to them.

A computer whizz at 100!


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Lifting hearts with acts of


Postcards of Kindness is a fantastic initiative which encourages people to reach out and connect with residents of care homes through the simple and nostalgic act of writing and sending a postcard. The postcards have become a lifeline to the outside world, particularly now, more than ever.


you are never forgotten.

Loneliness is a rapidly growing problem in the UK. Such is the magnitude of the issue, the government have assigned a ‘Minister of Loneliness’ to tackle the social and health complications caused by social isolation. One recent study showed over 200,000 elderly people in the U.K. had not had a conversation with a friend or a relative in over a month. We are only just realising the importance and power of meaningful


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Chronic loneliness has also been found to be as harmful for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. human connection. People with the fewest social ties are 30% more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke and three times more likely to die prematurely than those with the most. Chronic loneliness has also been found to be as harmful for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

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What can you do to help? It’s no coincidence that the Mental Health Foundation chose kindness as their theme this year, “because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.” Simple acts of kindness can increase the sense of support to those around you and has the potential to make someone’s day. This is why Avery Care Homes were delighted to join the Postcards of Kindness initiative, a heartwarming scheme which has brought a great deal of joy to many of their residents. Writing postcards, connecting lives… Founded by Louise Baker in 2019, Postcards of Kindness has grown from a simple idea to a national movement. Since lockdown the initiative has snowballed, with over 40,000 people joining the dedicated Facebook group. Now schools, businesses, churches and individuals are sending postcards to tell strangers in care homes about their lives, loves and travels.

many health benefits from having conversations about past holidays and trips including bringing back happy memories and encouraging residents to talk to others, especially for people living with dementia. The postcards don’t even have to be postcards at all, this was just a starting point. People from all over the world have been sending greetings cards, letters, photographs, song lyrics and even craft items. All of which helps to evoke a sense of nostalgia, giving residents something to hold on to, to treasure, and open new avenues for communication and friendship. This project also has the potential to heal both the postcard senders and the recipients. Many people want to do something kind for others, but maybe do not have the time or the resources to get heavily involved. This is a tangible, genuine and powerful initiative that enables people to do good in their own capacity. It only takes a few minutes and a stamp and it’s such an easy way to make a person happy. This is not for people looking for pen pals, it’s for those who just love to send mail anywhere, everywhere, without thought for a response. The sender is free to choose as much or as little information as they would like to. The Postcards of Kindness Facebook page has a list of care homes for members to access, and plenty of advice too.

The postcards inspire conversation, jog memories and bring smiles into care homes. The aim is to keep residents a part of their local communities and beyond, to bring many opportunities for happy chatting, and to break down barriers of isolation and loneliness. Research shows that there are 33

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Avery’s Head of Wellbeing and Activity ical mail is ‘What’s not to love about this initiative? Phys time and warmly received because someone has put real; and ible tang is It effort into writing something. it, ing open it, receiving post through the mail, handling ent gem reading it, requires more interaction and enga lling scro or il ema an read than clicking a button to and over read be through social media. They can also over again and shared with others. postcards Residents have not only enjoyed reading the many a but the pictures on the front have inspired Rivermere, reminiscence session. One in particular at residents got a picture of a cat sat in front of a fire ered and talking about fires, how coal used to be deliv initiative then onto mangles and wash houses. The and ents mom life has helped to link them to key cting refle promote self-identity and self-expression by way to on times gone by and has been an effective . ories connect people with happy mem postcards Residents at Crispin Court have received drawn have who from families on holiday, children trains of pictures and special postcards with pictures interests. and tortoises for those residents with special s from a card post Residents at Acacia Lodge received creating s local youth club, and they spent two hour ia Lodge cards and writing personalised notes. Acac a and the received a postcard from a lady in Chin s reading ines residents were overwhelmed with happ ly idea all the postcards and thought it was such a love t know and so special to hear from people they don’ . and to be able to return the kindness aining the Seagrave House have created a board expl g with alon , initiative and inviting others to get involved Adelaide all of the postcards they have received so far. ing more bring man post residents look forward to the look can they , cards and if they miss the postman more any on the board to see if they have received joined ntly rece have Gate correspondence. Knowle the lay disp to d the initiative and are creating a boar see can postcards they have received so everyone to inspire them, raise some curiosity and hopefully .’ more residents to get involved


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Our postcards are coming through thick and fast. Our residents look forward to the postman. What a wonderful concept and conversation starter.

Ashurst Mews Care Home Some very kind children from Pits ford Primary School sent our residents some wonderful ‘Postcards Of Kindness’ this month. The postcards told us all about the exciting things that they have bee n up to and it for sure made our residents smile. Little things like this can really brig hten up someone’s whole week!

Alder House Care Home Thank you to everyone sending the staff and residents cards, letters, postcards of kindness, they really do lift the spirits of us all.

Knowle Gate Care Home Thank you to Lindisfarne Care Home in Hartlepool for sending us a lovely postcard. We are getting our residents involved by choosing care homes from around the country from a lucky dip, to write to! We look forward to hearing from everyone soon!


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Honouring our

VE Day was declared on May 8, 1945 to mark the end of World War II and the allied forces announcing the surrender of Germany in Europe. The United Kingdom continue to celebrate this historic occasion to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour the heroes of the Second World War, as well as to reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.


This year marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, all major public celebrations had to be cancelled. However, this didn’t put off the staff at Crispin Court, who still ensured they marked the occasion in a very special way for friend and fellow resident, Colonel Dennis Wheatcroft. A personal video message from the current Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, Colonel A. Rodgers, was sent to Colonel Wheatcroft. This was organised by our very own carer Kate Leighton. The heart-warming message let the veteran know he was appreciated and acknowledged the significance of this date as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world. Colonel A Rodgers conveyed to his fellow comrade the sorrow he felt that about this year’s VE day. Nevertheless, even though they couldn’t all go out and celebrate like they normally would, the regiment were all thinking about him. Colonel Dennis Wheatcroft was then invited to visit the new HQ as soon as the current restrictions were lifted to join Colonel Rodgers for lunch. Watch this space. We managed to catch up with our Colonel for a quick interview about his monumental career with the REME. Which branch of service did you serve in? I enlisted in Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, REME, in 1953, a few years after the corps was formed. I served in this regiment for my entire service and was stationed all over the world, completing a full commissioned career in 1976 and retiring as full colonel.

“The service was my life and it shaped everything I did then and ever since.”

Why did you decide to join the armed forces? It was expected that I join the military, this was the case for all young men at that time. Why did you pick the service branch REME? It was tied in with my training and education as an engineer. 36

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Do you recall your first days in service? It was a mixture of excitement and trepidation as we were unsure as to what to expect. Can you tell us about your career? Well I must have enjoyed it as I stayed for the full duration.

What advice would you give young people of today who are thinking of joining the armed forces? You have to be well trained, well educated about the world and be proud to serve your country. How did your service and experiences affect your life? The service was my life and it shaped everything I did then and ever since.

What do you rank as your biggest achievement? Working with Prince Phillip. Is there anything you would change from your time in the armed forces? No, I wouldn’t change anything at all. Did you make any close friendships while in the service? I always retained contact with many people throughout my career and used to meet regularly at our reunions. Sadly, many of them have now passed on. How did you stay in touch with your family? Mainly by mail and occasionally by telephone. What did you do to celebrate the end of WW11? I got married.

After the video was shared on social media, Crispin Court were inundated with messages from people expressing how the video had touched their hearts. Here are a few of the comments.

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If you would like to watch the emotional moment when Colonel Wheatcrofts first sees the video message please check out our online interactive magazine, but we warn you, have tissues at the ready.


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Captain Tom Life Portrait ‘Nailed’ by Deliver Net Ltd a leading supplier to Avery Care homes throughout the UK Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net, was so taken by the now world famous story about Capt. Tom, and being a fellow Yorkshireman, that he commissioned a local Keighley artist and sculptor Marcus Levine to create a depiction of the man and his exploits in nails.

Marcus was able to get the finished piece down to Milton Keynes the day before Colonel Tom went to Windsor to receive his knighthood from the Queen, as the remarkable man had agreed to sign it for Tim and Marcus to complete the project.

The finished portrait took 15 days to complete which was followed by thousands with a daily update on Youtube. The finished piece weighs 16.5kg and is comprised of 50,000 nails. The idea that the artist and his sponsor devised was that the portrait would then be sold and the proceeds donated to charities. One recipient charity is the Care Workers Charity, who support care workers who may have fallen on difficult times through no fault of their own, and need direct support, assistance or guidance.

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Whilst Marcus was hammering away in his workshop, Capt. Tom found out that he was to be knighted as well as receiving the rank of Honorary Colonel from his regiment. 100 days after his 100th birthday, with over £30m raised in that time, the event was marked with an RAF flypast of his home near Milton Keynes and TV coverage throughout.

Tim and his Skipton based team have been working flat out to keep supplying care homes throughout the pandemic and are proud to say that they never ran out of stock, albeit that they had to invest millions in advance shipments, pay for air freight and cram the warehouses with PPE to meet the huge demand. British based supplies were far and few between, so Tim has sought to find supplies where he can to support both British manufacturers and the British economy. In one case, being bold enough to place the first order for a North West based factory that had to stop producing paper straws as all of its customers, bars and restaurants, had been forced to close. The factory

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had realised it could manufacture PPE face visors. That order and support financed the repurposing of the factory, helped obtain CE approval, and became the catalyst that secured employment for all of the

staff; the factory has since expanded and is now the UK’s biggest Visor manufacturer. Deliver Net has now launched British made medical grade face masks and aims to buy British where that is possible and has been at the forefront of PPE price reductions at great cost to itself, often selling stock at less than it paid for it in the height of demand in an attempt to force out the non-specialist profiteers that came into the market and forced up prices for everyone.

Capt Tom’s portrait once again ‘under the hammer’ The finished piece was sold by Yorkshire based auctioneers Tennants on June 10th 2020, raising a significant sum for the charities, with the £10,200 paid for the depiction augmented by sales of limited-edition prints as well as on-line donations during the piece’s making. In addition to the Care Workers Charity, the beneficiaries included NHS Charities, as originally chosen by Capt. Tom for his fundraising effort.

“My Dad was a pathologist, my Mum a biomedical scientist, as was I, and my husband was a biochemist, but the main thing really, is that together we collectively had over 120 years of service for the NHS”. When asked if she’d like to be named her reply was, “No but some people will guess who I am and to just give you a bit more background my Dad made the first heart valve to be used in Sheffield in the 50s”.

The Captain Tom Foundation was also a recipient fund. Capt. Tom established this to help combat loneliness, support hospices, and to aide those facing bereavement.

She herself had open heart surgery in the very hospital she’d worked in for 40 years of her life and wanted to give something back.

Bought by a life-long supporter of the NHS and herself a product of Yorkshire

She has agreed to loan the piece, for public display, so it can be seen by the public somewhere.

There is also a nice story that came from the buyer herself who will received it after Sir Tom signed it on July 16th. It was bought by a retired Biomedical scientist from Barnsley so it remains in Yorkshire. Marcus Levine, the creator, told us “She felt it could and should have gone for more money which was a lovely thing for her to say. I am, however, very pleased with the final sale price for such a small piece”, he added. The anonymous buyer did allow us to share some personal information about her motivation to buy it and her interests, though.

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We had hoped that it could be at the National Arboretum but their schedule has been disrupted and is already full as a result of VE, VJ days and the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war, so if anybody has any other ideas please get in touch. Both the artist and the auctioneers waived their usual commissions and royalties and all other costs were covered by Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net. www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk captaintom.org

happy Hobbies have the power to give one a sense of achievement, they can boost morale, and more importantly, they keep the brain active. Studies show the key to keeping the mind and body stimulated while we transition into senior years is by having hobbies. Luckily, one of the benefits of growing older is that we suddenly have unlimited extra time to do what we love. Whether you desire to make magic with paints, or strive to combine hobbies with exercise through yoga or golf; we have dedicated the following list to activities that are bound to make you feel good whilst keeping your mind active. By keeping busy, whether alone or with your partner or friends, you will find that retirement can exceed your expectations.

Find Your Inner Bookworm Reaching for an ‘old-fashioned’, printed book can fuel your mind and increase brain function, as well as increase emotional and psychological intelligence. Not only for the introvert, reading can be a highly sociable activity too. Why not take this hobby to another level by turning it into a social affair and join a book club? There are thousands of book clubs online, free for anyone to join!

Paint A Picture Reap the relaxing benefits of painting; aside from helping with stress, painting also gives you a sense of fulfilment whenever you finish a piece. You don’t have to be an artist to begin either, in the words of R. W. Emerson ‘every artist was first an amateur’; all you need is a brush, paint, a surface and some imagination. This hobby is bound to have you drifting into flow states in no time.

Put On Your Dancing Shoes There is nothing quite like moving the body to make you feel alive, for that reason alone, dance is a wonderful form of exercise for those of us entering into the later years of our lives. Despite what some may think, there are many genres to go for; jazz, ballroom and chair aerobics are all suitable dance styles for seniors.





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Start Scrapbooking If you love collecting or reminiscing, then scrapbooking is an excellent way to organise your memories. With unlimited colours, themes, cutting and pasting, writing, and arranging, it is ideal for getting those creative juices flowing. Many communities have scrapbooking clubs where you can get together and show each other photographs. By the time you’re done, you will have a wonderful collection to show off to family and friends.

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Focus In On Photography It may seem like this is a hobby reserved for the younger generation and their smartphones, but in reality, photography is subjective art open to all. This hobby can have you travelling to your favourite places to take photos, or simply capture important moments in your life such as special celebrations. There are many technical elements to taking a good photograph, by learning just a few you can impress all those around you.

Cooking is another hobby that you won’t get bored of as there is never a shortage of recipes to try out. Not only that, it’s a great way to explore old memories. One of the best ways to start learning to cook is nostalgia, master your childhood favourites or go gourmet and whip up a three-course treat for your closest friends. It will help relieve stress plus you get to eat the results, a win-win!

Get Golfing Never caught the golf bug? There is no time like the present as retirement gives you the freedom to perfect that swing for as long as you need. Not just a highly sociable venture, studies found that golfing can add up to 5 years to your life expectancy. A good place to start is by visiting a local golf range for practice. Part technique, part luck, golf is truly the thinking sportsman’s game.



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Swim Away For those with joint or mobility problems, swimming can be a fun, low-impact activity that will improve overall fitness levels. It also has the power to boost your cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart and lung disease. Indoor community pools usually offer dedicated hours for those retired or go bold and opt for a group class like water aerobics or even water Zumba.

Centre Yourself with Yoga Yoga relaxes not only the body but also the mind. By practicing regularly, anxiety levels drop and you will quickly improve your flexibility, decreasing risk of injury after a fall. Many yogis also report that they sleep deeper and more soundly the night after a session, a problem most of us entering the later years of our lives experience. Once past the intimidation factor associated with yoga, you will find a myriad of benefits associated with the practice!

Let Your Flower-Arranging Skills Bloom Bring the outside world indoors by learning to arrange flowers, an activity that will simultaneously boost mood and overall happiness. Studies show that flowers have an almost instant impact on emotional health, so why not spend some time around nature and create a beautiful arrangement at the same time? All you need to start is clean clippers, a vase and flowers. 44

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LOVE never gets


Wisdom, selfknowledge and freedom are all gifts of growing older that make falling in love all the more exciting.

Whether you’re 35 or 75, self-consciousness can stand in the way of love. But, after you embrace your wrinkles and well-earned laughter lines, the rest comes easy. New love is a timeless and an incomparable experience; it never stops being exhilarating and addictive. Neuroscientists have, in fact, found that falling in love and taking drugs stimulate the same pleasure centres in the brain. 46

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Get out of the house – Obviously, this is slightly more difficult these days due to COVID-19 restrictions, and it has become harder to smile at people across the street with masks covering your face. But the principal remains the same, keep up any hobbies (turn to page 50) and make some social plans. You won’t meet the love of your life lounging on the sofa. Become the person you want to be –

Whatever you enjoy doing, whether that’s reading, gardening, painting, playing sports or practising yoga, fully throw yourself into it. If you feel fulfilled, people will notice. ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely,’ wrote Roald Dahl and he wasn’t wrong. Love found later in life has a plethora of advantages, most importantly, the years of wisdom both parties can bring to the table. Unlike teenagers you are under no disillusionment that life is a Disney romance. Some glitter may wear off with time, but real companionship can withstand the tarnish of reality.

Say goodbye to negative thinking – Give forth

appreciation, affection and gratitude in the place of criticism, anger and blame. A spring will return to your step if you stop dwelling on the downfalls of life. When you look for the good in people love has a way of finding you.

After many formative years on earth, you know yourself and what you’re looking for. Your values are firm, your goals identified, and with this clarity the likelihood of finding a steadfast partner for life only increases. To find love and feel loved is a universal desire that doesn’t diminish with age. But needs and preferences evolve over time and, the older we get, increasingly we become the product of our experiences. Into our thoughts sneak preconceptions and apprehensiveness that didn’t hold us back the first time round when we were young and dewy-eyed. To give you a push in the right direction, here are our top tips for finding love later in life…

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Be comfortable with yourself – Easier said

than done but the more you love yourself, and feel comfortable in your own skin, the more others will sense your confidence and gravitate towards you. Accepting yourself, warts and all, will leave you in a happier headspace where you’re able to welcome another person into your life.

Learn from past mistakes – If you have experienced the pain of divorce, or serious heartbreak, it is natural to blame the failure on your spouse. But don’t ignore any mistakes you made in the relationship. Were you too critical or selfish? Defensive instead of understanding? By learning from past mistakes, you give yourself more of a chance to learn from them and find love again.


Push yourself out of your comfort zone from time to time - While doing one thing a day

that scares you might be a step too far, why not try one thing a month? Set up a dating profile, attend a dance class or a business seminar. If you stick to old routines and patterns how will fate have the chance to introduce someone new and exciting into your life? Get out of your comfort zone and into the firing line of Cupid’s arrows. Spine tingling, toe curling, thought scrambling infatuation is possible well after 50. Love is love, no matter how many candles on your cake each year—you just have to get out there and find it. 47




There has never been a more vital time for meaningful communication. With quarantine and social distancing leaving many of us feeling disconnected, it’s no surprise that online video calling apps have seen a huge increase in users this year. Science has proved that social isolation has negative effects on our mental and physical health, so it’s official - a natter with friends and family is good for the heart. Of course, technology can never replace a hug or face to face conversation. But it does help to alleviate some of the feeling of loneliness when you can at least see and speak to your loved ones with a few clicks of a button. From long-distance grandparenting, to virtual doctor consultations, there’s now an app to make it possible. In fact, there are so many online communication apps now, it can be hard to know which to use. To help you know the differences, we are looking at the pros and cons of the most used communication apps of 2020.

Eva George is a Mum of three, author, writer, and podcast host with a passion for technology and holistic health. Follow Eva’s updates and see more of her work at: www.linkedin.com/in/eva-george/


ZOOM Originally developed for online meetings and video conferences, Zoom has become a popular app for all types of video calls for families and business.

PROS You don’t have to download the app if you want to join a call Up to 100 people can join a zoom meeting It can be linked to your Google Calendar

Launched back in 2003 and with over half a billion users to date, Skype is a veteran in the video calling industry.

CONS Audio and video calls have a duration limit of only 40 minutes Zoom has faced some privacy concerns and overall security issues

Download the Zoom app for your PC, mobile, or tablet device. Sign into your account (select ‘sign in with Facebook or Google’ to make this easier), add your contacts and you’re set to go.

The quality of the video call is sensitive to your internet connection

The emoji features make the text chat livelier

Skype gives the ability to call landlines and mobiles all over the world at low rates




Chat with up to 50 people on a video call with no limit on the duration

It can be tricky to find other users unless you know their Skype username

HOW TO USE After you have downloaded the Skype app to your computer or mobile device, create your username and add your profile photo. Next you can start adding contacts, chatting, and making calls.


WHATSAPP With 25 million messages sent per minute on Whatsapp, it has quickly become one of the most widely used communication apps.


PROS Easily send voice notes, files, videos, and images Free voice and video calls with no time limit


There is no way to sign out It does require a mobile number

End-to end encryption for security

Duo is a video messaging app by Google. The features make it stand out as a non-formal app for connecting with friends and family.

HOW TO USE Simply download the app and enter your phone number to verify. Any contacts in your phone book will appear in your Whatsapp contacts.



Record and send voice, video, or note messages Draw, write, personalize colours and fonts to create beautiful notes There are a variety of fun filters and effects

Facetime is an online video calling app that has been built into Apple devices since 2010.

CONS You can only video chat with up to 12 people at once It does require sign up using a mobile number


PROS Calls are encrypted to provide good levels of security It’s free and easy to use

CONS Facetime is unavailable for Android devices. It uses a large amount of data

Download Duo for your Calls can come through even if the computer or mobile app is not activated device. Enter your phone number and receive the verification code. Enter the code into HOW TO USE the app and you Facetime only requires your Apple ID to get set up and ready to make voice and are ready to video calls to other iOS users in your contact list. start using Duo. 50



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Avery Healthcare Leads Texture-Modified Training Workshops Around 8% of the population live with dysphagia, where those with the condition have difficulty swallowing certain foods or liquids. In its most severe form they may not be able to swallow at all. As a consequence, dysphagia can have disastrous complications such as malnutrition and dehydration. Those residents with dysphagia often feel as though they have had their dignity taken away from them when dining. Therefore, leading national care provider Avery Healthcare, has led several workshops on the use of texture modified foods, used for the therapeutic treatment of dysphagia. The aim of the workshops for the Avery chefs is to

ensure that residents with a risk of dysphagia can taste attractively presented and appetising food, and to encourage appetite. Many meals at care homes end up being bland and unappealing when trying to cater for dysphagia sufferers. Instead, the workshops used the same fresh and high quality ingredients as in all their other dining, but then modified the texture, taking into account other specific residents requirements such as calorie counting and gluten free and vegetarian dietary needs.

Simon Lawrence, Group Culinary Manager at Avery Healthcare, developed and ran the workshops in person due to their importance. The aim of the He commented, “It is very workshops for the important for us to cater for Avery chefs is to ensure our residents’ needs when it that residents with comes to dietary requirements. a risk of dysphagia We want to ensure that all our food is appealing in its can taste attractively presentation and has great presented and taste and flavour. Together appetising food, and to this encourages appetite for encourage appetite those who may find eating a challenge. This reflects Avery’s careful approach to nutritional balance and diet variety, and is why Avery is working with key suppliers to use new products to the market that support texture modified meals.” Avery Healthcare is working with BidFood to develop courses for all their head chefs to ensure competency in delivering texture modified food for their residents. Avery also intends to roll this out to all its sous chefs in 2021.



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It’s never too late to go Vegan What if you could test it out over a week, with a ready-made meal plan and affordable shopping list? In 7 Day Vegan Challenge, author, celebrity chef and allround whizz in the kitchen, Bettina Campolucci Bordi, shows that with a little bit of planning, anyone can go vegan for a week.

BOOST YOUR HEALTH AND BE KINDER TO THE ENVIRONMENT Curious about veganism but already recoiling at visions of expensive wholefood stores, your grumbling stomach and an insatiable craving for cheese?

Her delicious meals combine budget-friendly ingredients with big flavours that won’t leave you feeling hungry, or like you’re missing out. With the range of products on the market today, it’s literally never been easier to give veganism a try.

Bettina makes it as approachable as possible, with weekly meal plans to stick on your fridge and 60 fuss-free recipes.

Bettina quit her job and researched natural ways to heal her body and mind. This led to her founding her wildly successful blog, Bettina’s Kitchen, and writing her first book, Happy Food. She was recently on James Martin and wowed the chefs with a plant based cheese with the secret ingredient truffles! If your looking to include more veggies into you’re diet or curious about how to make carrots, cabbage and swede more appealing then this is a great start!

Whether the challenge goes beyond 7 days or you decide to dip in and out when you fancy a meat-free day, there are options to suit every lifestyle. With chapters from Brekkie on the Go and on the Slow, to One Pot and Pan Wonders, to Tray Bakes and Sweet Tooth, Bettina’s filling and vibrant mealtime and snack solutions will leave even the most carnivorous cynic embracing vegetables, and ditching meat for good! Bettina Campolucci Bordi was born in Denmark but brought up in Tanzania to a Norwegian father and DanishBulgarian mother. After working in the food industry for 10 years, and being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and endometriosis,

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Spicy red lentil and quinoa pot From Bettina’s new book 7 Day Vegan Challenge (available to buy on Amazon US and UK), combines budget friendly ingredients with big flavours so you won’t feel left out. This recipe is a protein boost in the form of a deliciously quick, one-pot fix. Easy to make and even easier to eat.

Ingredients: Serves 2 olive oil, for frying ½ onion, sliced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 2 carrots, diced 1 tablespoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon turmeric 1 large handful of chopped cavolo nero or kale 80 g (3 oz/1/3 cup) red lentils 100 g (3. oz/. cup) dry quinoa 400 g (14 oz) passata (sieved tomatoes) or tinned chopped tomatoes salt freshly cracked black pepper dollop of coconut yoghurt, to serve

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Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan (skillet) and fry the onion, garlic, carrot and spices for 5 mins until the onion is brown and the carrot soft. Add the chopped cavolo nero, the red lentils and quinoa, cover with the passata and bring to a simmer.

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One of the biggest misconceptions for newly diagnosed diabetics is that sweets are no-go. With the right balance of nutritious ingredients, like protein and fiber, alongside natural sweeteners to control blood sugar spikes, you can enjoy a wide selection of treats which will satisfy even the sweetest tooth. The following delicious recipes are designed for people who are diabetic, have high blood pressure problems or simply want to lose weight.

Ingredients 1 cup gluten free oats 1/4 cup almond milk 1 banana 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon grade A maple syrup

Fluffy Banana Pancakes

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A simple recipe resulting in the tastiest healthy vegan and gluten free pancakes.

Method Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes, this allows the oats time to absorb the liquid and thicken. Preheat a nonstick pan over medium high heat. Once hot, pour in about ¼ cup of batter. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until you can easily slide a spatula underneath.

Flip. Cook for another 1-2 minutes on the second side. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Add your toppings of choice. We love blueberries, sliced bananas and extra maple syrup. Pancakes are freezer friendly and will keep well frozen for 6 months.

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For a traditional take on afternoon tea, enjoy gluten and dairy free scones, paired with rich coconut cream and homemade raspberry jam.


Scones with coconut cream and raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, then whisk in the maple syrup, coconut oil and eggs. Once combined, fold in the raisins. Mold the dough into Ingredients a ball and place between two pieces of grease proof 2 1/2 cups almond paper. Roll dough out until flour two inches thick. Take a 5cm biscuit cutter with a smooth1/2 teaspoon salt edged cutter and plunge into the dough. Roll out any 1/2 teaspoon baking excess dough and cut out soda more. Place each scone on a parchment lined baking 1/3 cup melted sheet and brush with a little coconut oil maple syrup. Bake for 15 1/4 cup grade A maple minutes and cool on a wire rack. Serve with coconut syrup cream and raspberry jam. For the ultimate afternoon 2 large eggs tea experience accompany with a freshly brewed tea of 1 cup dried raisins your choice.

Coconut Whipped Cream Method Ingredients 1 can full fat coconut milk 1 tablespoon grade A maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients 2 cups raspberries 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons grade A maple syrup

Place the coconut milk in the fridge overnight so that the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open the can and gently pour out the thick coconut cream. Using an electric whisk, beat the cream, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until peaks form. This should only take 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Homemade Raspberry Jam Method Pour lemon juice and maple syrup in a sauce pan and heat while gently crushing the raspberries. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes. Then reduce to a low heat for 20 minutes or until jam becomes thick. Allow to cool before serving.



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COOKING! Managing a culinary department through a pandemic

By Simon Lawrence, Head of Culinary and Hospitality, Avery Healthcare Group

When the national lockdown first took hold at the end of March it had a quick effect on the supplies of many day-to-day products, including foodstuffs. Panic buying and delivery unreliability lead to empty shelves and soon became headline news, taking weeks for the situation to stabilise. Supplies of all goods became uncertain, which is a challenge for a head chef and a kitchen that is providing for a care home of elderly and dependent people, many of whom have specific dietary needs or preferences. The Avery Culinary departments were then able to rely on their own planning and preparations, as well as the support of its many national and local suppliers, to ensure that it maintained the quality of dining service for its residents. In the weeks leading up to the lockdown Avery had the foresight to start working with its chefs and suppliers on building up stocks of dry, canned and frozen goods. Working with all of its providers, both large and small, national and local, the homes developed a buffer against the supply uncertainties that followed. Working proactively and in close cooperation with their suppliers, the culinary teams forged even stronger partnerships, meaning that they were never left short of any produce they needed. All of that meant that the residents were kept well provided for, no matter how challenging the world outside their care home had become. New safety guidelines, hygiene protocols and PPE were promptly adopted in all of the Avery kitchens, and all of the chefs and their teams went above and beyond

their normal call of duty to maintain the high standards of quality cuisine that the Avery homes are known for. The dining provision has also become a key part in the recovery of residents, with the chefs providing good fluid and nutritional intake through a varied diet for each individual, as the foundation to optimising health and fighting disease. Those residents with modified or supplementary diets are still receiving the same support and personalisation for their diet as part of their care plan, and all vegetarian and vegan options remain, for residents who either have a preference or dietary need. Social distancing and isolation meant few residents were able to use the dining rooms, and so most enjoyed daily room service, with trolley visits delivering morning coffee and biscuits, afternoon tea and cake, as well as hydration drinks and smoothies. A full room service option was already available, with attention to small details such as condiments and relevant sauces based upon the meal chosen, so the only change was in the volume of delivery; regular mealtimes are observed to retain a sense of normality. As restrictions ease, Avery are now in a position for dining rooms to be used again, within applicable national social distancing and PPE guidelines. Avery chefs have truly kept calm and carried on cooking, producing appetising meals and maintaining their contribution to person-centred care, through sustained high-quality nutrition for each and every resident. 62

Shaping Care provision through the built form

CGI of the forthcoming Edenbridge Manor Care Home

In all walks of life trusted, lasting relationships take time to nurture and are always the key ingredient to success. It would be fair to say that this is significantly amplified when it comes to the strength and resilience of the relationships required when related to the delivery of development and construction, where significant investment comes into play and that trust is tested to the maximum. The partnership between Leath Park Developments (Leath Park) and Avery Healthcare (Avery) serves as prime example of the importance of the trusted relations needed to bring client aspiration to life in the built form. Patience throughout the process, an unrelenting desire to succeed and integrity in the approach are unequivocally essential, and upon completion this Autumn (2020), Edenbridge Manor Care Home, Avery’s latest Kent based care home, will prove testament to this. With relations established in early 2017, Leath Park worked closely with Avery to gain planning consent to

redevelop the redundant site situated prominently on Mont Saint Aignan Way, one of the main arterial routes into the centre of the delightful town of Edenbridge, and which housed the former Stangrove Lodge care home. From the outset the intention was to sympathetically return the site to its former use whilst regenerating the land to deliver essential residential, nursing and dementia care to the local Wealden community. With Avery, a leading first-class provider of care secured as the ultimate end-user, Leath Park could move forwards with confidence, engaging sister company, construction company Jenner Contractors Ltd to undertake the new build of the 85-bed care home. Undoubtedly, given the strength of developer-contractor relations this formed the optimal partnership to deliver exceptional facilities to the very highest of standards, which is now within just a few weeks of completion, and will be ready for occupation in early 2021. In simple terms, this ‘one-stop-shop’ package deal offered both ease and reassurance to Avery that their considerable investment was in safe hands. Unlike other Developers, Leath Park take a more subjective and balanced view on profit margins and risk, with a more holistic approach to

development, largely due to the close relationship with Jenner; an award-winning, reputable contractor with a heritage dating back to 1875. With Jenner’s stability and proven track record of delivery combined with Leath Park’s contemporary approach and robust understanding of the care sector, the team were able to guide the project from concept, through the many challenges of gaining planning consent and into design and construction, with building works commencing in June 2018 following the demolition of the existing disused building that occupied the site. Appropriately named ‘Edenbridge Manor’ thanks to its luxurious specification and imposing road frontage, the new build care home, set over three storeys, will offer its residents exceptional nursing, residential and dementia care within a bespoke environment that provides essential 24/7 nursing support. With the added benefits of spa bathrooms, therapy rooms, cinema room, private dining areas, hair salon, library and a communal café, the facilities will actively encourage resident interaction and engagement to ensure Avery’s core values of companionship and ‘fun at any age’ can be fulfilled by the building’s structure. As such, Edenbridge Manor will provide a ‘home-from-home’ quality of living, which is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing, nurturing the needs of each individual resident and allowing them to flourish. Vibrant external landscaping and communal gardens compliment the high-quality design of the building and will provide essential outside recreational space for the residents to enjoy in the warmer months with their visiting family and friends. Recognising key milestones and in keeping with construction tradition, the building was officially ‘ToppedOut’ by stage and screen actress, and Avery Ambassador, Sherrie Hewson alongside Councillor Alan Layland, the Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council. The team were incredibly proud to mark this occasion in such esteemed company with client, consultant and contractor representatives present to celebrate the completion of the main structure, at its highest point. Prior to this, in the very early stages of the project, the Jenner team worked closely with local council dignitaries to ensure a sundial formerly housed on the site could be preserved amidst demolition, enabling it to be transferred to the town centre. Originally gifted to the town back in 1991 by its twinned

town of Mont-Saint-Aignan in North West France, the site team carefully restored the monument to its former glory and officially relocated it to its new home on the Mont-Saint-Aignan Way junction, on land kindly donated by the Great Stone Bridge Trust. As a Considerate Contractor Jenner were delighted to engage with the local community in this manner, which seemed a most fitting way to preserve heritage and reinforce the importance of the cultural connection and relationships between the two towns. Of course, the development has not been without its challenges, no construction project ever is, but at the beginning of the year no-one could have foreseen that we would have a global pandemic on our hands and the impact that this would have on both construction activity and future care provision. From a construction perspective however, and finding positives in an otherwise unprecedented time, recent circumstance has certainly reinforced our industry’s importance to both society and the economy in our recognised role as keyworkers, offering a fresh understanding and a genuine appreciation for the work we do. Following a temporary closure of all sites, Jenner were soon back in action, working under the newly established enhanced safety procedures and heightened hygiene measures, ready to safely move the project forwards once again. As Edenbridge Manor now nears its handover to the client, it seems appropriate to reflect on the importance of its built form to society. In bringing this new care home to life, 80 new jobs will be created in the local community and the delivery of state of the art, modern facilities for the provision of outstanding care to the elderly will prove vital given today’s ageing population and significant increase of those living with dementia. As Avery openly promotes, wellbeing stems from living a fulfilling and meaningful life and the quality of their care homes goes a long way to fulfilling this prophecy. Breaking down the stigma and bad press associated for decades with care home provision, clients such as Avery are certainly breaking the mould and ensuring their homes are nothing less than exceptional in order to support wellbeing physically, socially and psychologically for this demographic, and it has been a pleasure for both Leath Park and Jenner to have been an integral part of this achievement.

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We probably all know someone who packs their favourite tea bags before a trip abroad. Maybe you are that person. Have you ever had to pay excess baggage because the alternative was not taking baked beans to Tunisia and who knows if you can even get them out there, let alone how much they’ll cost?? (Probably less than excess baggage!) Ian Greenland

Perhaps you’re cringing at the memory of the The cabin crew definitely seemed to be smiling a suspicious stares the customs agents gave you when little extra as they greeted you at boarding. That pilot they checked your baggage en route to seven nights sounded like he was trying not to chuckle during his in Corfu. It was a week away – did you really need announcement. How did they know? This better not be three jars of Colman’s shoved down between your on the news!..... though might get some freebies from swimming costume and copy of The Da Vinci Code?? Colman’s if it is..... You could just about have handled the Your grandkids still call you the Pablo bemused looks from other holidayFood memories are Escobar of condiments. makers if security hadn’t then patted among the most vivid We’ve all got our favourites, whether you down to find the “emergency jar” you stashed in your coat pocket. and transportive, they’re luxury items, naughty treats Yes, luggage gets lost sometimes, but four jars Meredith, FOUR??! And they say don’t judge a book by the cover, but strangers in customs queues certainly judge a person whose book’s cover’s covered in mustard... not to mention your swimming cozzie.

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or comfort fare. Food and drink are more to most of us than just oil for the gears. In many cases we invest an emotional resonance, consciously or otherwise in the things we choose to consume.

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Many grown ups still buy the same brand of bread their mum put on the table each day when they were kids even though Corn Flakes are completely boring and you have to sweeten them with sugar just so they’re not quite so completely boring and if you’re going to sweeten Corn Flakes with sugar then you might as well get Frosties or Coco Pops, because at least there’s a maze or word search on the back of the packet... sometimes you even get a free CD or vouchers for a frisbee...

Studies have shown nostalgic sensations even make us more likely to spend, heightening feelings of connectedness whilst reducing our desire for money. Brands understand this. John Lewis’s Christmas adverts are practically a national event these days, impeccably playing on collective nostalgia and tugging mercilessly at the heart strings... which are connected to the purse strings.

Furthermore, there’s evidence that when we associate When we eat or drink, we engage all five senses (sight, food with happy memories, it positively impacts sound, smell, taste and touch) simultaneously, so our our assessment of how good something tastes and grey matter comes alive. Food memories are among how good it makes us feel - Dad’s Yorkshire puds or the most vivid and transportive, Nana’s scones. Research in 2015 recalling not just what’s on the established that comfort foods were British brands plate or in the cup, but the place, predominantly associated with inspire in us not just close familial or social relationships the company and occasion. Food triggers not just our taste buds, but pride for our country, and craved most by people when autobiographical memories, feelings experiencing feelings of social but the shared and emotions, so your dad’s Yorkshire isolation. No doubt there’s been some puddings might not actually be “the serious comfort eating done this year. experiences and best in the world” but they’ll always the power of food to reassure taste that way because they remind social bonds we’ve Given and comfort our psyches and even your subconscious of the reassuring built up around them transport us back to the halcyon days feelings of belonging you had each of our youth, it makes total sense that Sunday as a child. The sound of your the most recognisable and successful British brands mother singing along to the radio as she picked stalks have remained stalwarts of the kitchen cupboard for from the kale, the enticing warmth as you danced impatiently around the oven door moments before generations. We enjoyed them as kids and our kids’ lunch was served and your father’s tickly stubble on kids will likely enjoy them long after us, investing a tiny your face as you dozed on his chest once the washing bit of their identity in them, just as we have, consciously or otherwise. Marmite, Bisto, Cadburys, Yorkshire Tea, up was done. Twinings or a healthy dollop of Of course we frequently romanticise the past but Lyle’s Golden Syrup (pimp nostalgia provides our lives with a necessary sense of those Corn Flakes!) inspire continuity and meaning. With taste and smell the two in us not just pride for our senses most closely linked to the past, predominantly country, but the shared because they occur in parts of the brain intertwined experiences and with memories and emotions, food nostalgia takes on social bonds we’ve a particularly evocative form. Perhaps Corn Flakes built up around them. don’t need to taste of much to remind us of the last time we had our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters Long may they in one shared space and the biggest personal stress reign!.... except Marmite. was which socks to wear for school.


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At home spa day with As we get older, our hands start showing signs of aging. Wrinkles, sun damage and even genetics all play a part, and the biggest beauty mistake people commit is turning a blind eye to hand care! They give away our age just as much as our face does, in fact, they’re usually the first body part to show signs of aging. If you think about it, hands are constantly exposed to environmental stressors, and since we use them for near enough everything, the delicate skin on them tends to wear down quickly which causes them to become dry and rough. Dry skin really emphasises textures, so our wrinkles can appear a lot worse than they really are! The best thing you can do for your hands is to keep them moisturised on a regular basis. 7th Heaven’s Soften Glove Masques are the perfect cure for dry and damaged hands, oils from the argan nut and rose petals are infused in these nourishing hand masques. They’re easily absorbed to treat dry, rough and chapped hands to leave them feeling soft, nourished and soothed. You can pick up a pair of these hand saviours for just £2.40 either on Amazon, Asda or Feel Unique.

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Cleaning Up


Dr. Ben Lynch, ND received his Cell and Molecular Biology, BS from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR, methylation defects and genetic control. You may learn more about Dr. Ben Lynch and his work at www.drbenlynch.com. Dr. Ben Lynch is the President of www.SeekingHealth.com, a supplement company oriented towards disease prevention and health promotion. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Nadia, and three boys, Tasman, Mathew and Theodor.


Are you scared that you inherited some bad genes from your parents? You’re not alone. Most of us often hear about ‘family history.’ You head to the doctor, and right there on the form is ‘Family history of:…” You go down the list: heart disease (check), cancer (check), depression (ugh – check again), diabetes (really! – check). You feel doomed. You are destined to have every single one of these conditions. But what’s weird is you don’t have any of those right now or maybe just one. Your time is coming, though, right? I mean, it’s genetic. Wrong. Your parents had very Dirty Genes. Currently, your genes aren’t that dirty, and we can keep them that way.

in the first place. Avoid chemicals from plastics, chemical air fresheners, car exhaust, pesticides, and detox them from your body. Sweat regularly.

Reduce stress: Breathe from your nose, not your mouth,

and foster a positive mindset. Eliminate toxic relationships.

Supplement: Address nutrient deficiencies as needed. Take the form of the supplement that is right for you.

Sleep: Turn off Wi-Fi before bed and put your phone on

airplane mode. Sleep in a cold room.

We can do better than that. We can clean up your existing Dirty Genes.

These points are elaborated on further by instruction and examples in the book, Dirty Genes. You’ll learn how dirty your genes are after taking the quizzes in the book. Once you find out which genes are dirty, you can apply Dr. Lynch’s spot on recommendations and experience clean genes – possibly for your first time ever!

What is a Dirty Gene?

What happens when a gene gets dirty?

I asked folks yesterday during a Live interview and this is how they defined a ‘dirty gene’:

It cannot function. Since it cannot function, work doesn’t get done. Minor symptoms start happening.Another gene or two or twenty get called in to help out since the one gene cannot get its job done. Those genes get overworked and tired. They start getting dirty. More and more random symptoms start happening – think chronic disease. Other genes step up as the others get tired. These other genes are not pleased about it and make noise. Major symptoms start happening – think emergent care.

‘A dirty gene is a gene whose function is impaired either because you’re born with mutations or because their function is altered by mindset, diet and lifestyle choices, and environmental contaminants’ ‘What makes a non-mutated gene “dirty” is when its normal healthy function is inhibited by nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, stress, etc. or some combination thereof.”

A gene (and the enzyme it makes) does not work optimally IF: It lacks vitamins and minerals to help activate the enzyme. It produces contains a variant/ SNP which affects its shape which then affects its ability to perform a function blocked by something – such as heavy metals, infections, chemicals, other hormones It doesn’t have enough material to build with – such as lacking protein (methionine, tyrosine, tryptophan) has too much material which inundates it – such as folic acid, methionine and more.

‘A dirty gene is a gene that needs a Soak and Scrub’ And – my favourite definition of a Dirty Gene – as it is so clear and concise: A gene that doesn’t work optimally.

How To Clean Your Dirty Genes Food: Eat clean, organic whole foods. Eat until you’re 80% full and then stop.

Regain Control of Your Genes. Order your copy today!: www.dirtygenes.com

Detox: The easiest way to clean your genes is to not get them dirty


tretch to trengthen YOGA FOR SENIORS

Laura Simone Owens is a 400+hrs registered Yoga Teacher, two-time cancer survivor and the founder of Laura Simone Yoga. She lives in beautiful Southern Spain with her two rescue dogs and offers virtual yoga via Zoom to students around the world. She fell in love with yoga in 2012 as a powerful healing tool. She guides classes with a sense of humour, compassion and clear instruction, so that every one of her students, no matter what level or ability can experience the magic of yoga. Find out more at laurasimone.com


By the time you’ve experienced your 60th trip around the sun, you will have taken around two-million steps, and unless you’re superhuman, you’ve most likely dealt with some sort of injury or illness. Maybe a hip replacement (or two), or maybe, like me, you’ve had cancer. With a bit of luck, I’ll hit the big 4-0 this year, but my body has been through a lot so I can relate to stiff aching joints and feeling weak and vulnerable in my body, even though in my heart and mind I still feel young! I’ve had thrombosis in my left arm and nerve damage in my right arm and I experience the effects of menopause due to my cancer medication. I’ve had multiple surgeries, including a double mastectomy, so I can understand some of the things you may be experiencing as your body ages. As ageing adults, we know that keeping fit and mobile is essential. But, for many of us, gyms and aerobic classes just aren’t appealing or practical. So, what’s the alternative?

TESTIMONIAL Despite being registered blind, I’m able to follow your clear instructions. I feel amazing after every class and so supported, thank you Laura. - Corinna, Zoom student, UK.

Gentle yoga has gained popularity in recent years as an excellent tool for keeping the body mobile as we age. But what if you struggle to get up and down off the floor, or sitting cross-legged is impossible… or maybe you’re just feeling a little unsure and the thought of trying yoga seems daunting?

Maybe it’s time to consider chair yoga ‘How on earth will I keep fit sitting in a chair?’ I hear you cry! Well, guided correctly and practiced regularly, chair yoga is surprisingly effective. And best of all, it’s totally accessible for all bodies, all ages, and available to you every single day from the comfort of your own home. Anyone and everyone can practice chair yoga, every position and movement are completely adaptable to any ability, you don’t need special training or equipment to 79

start and you will feel the benefits straight away – it’s also good fun!

blood pressure and promotes muscular strength and flexibility - all at a pace that is tailored for you.

Why is chair yoga so beneficial?

Yoga is a gentle and soothing practice that improves the function of every organ system in our bodies - respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous - and it helps to revitalise our internal organs as we improve blood circulation through controlled movement.

I started practicing yoga regularly in 2012 to help me recover from cancer treatment. It helped me calm my anxious mind and rebuild strength in my body at the same time. It’s the perfect combination of focus, stretch, tone and nourishment for a weakened or recovering body.

Yoga is the world’s most perfect form of exercise, but it is also so much more than that. It cultivates optimum cardiovascular health, lowers

Yoga also improves memory and brain function. A study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that just 20 mins of gentle yoga can boost your speed and accuracy on memory tests.


Ouch! Soothe aches and pains and prevent painful falls.

Easy Chair Yoga Poses

Yoga slows down and relieves the painful effects of arthritis, gently strengthening the muscles to protect your joints and reduce the chance of falls, whilst stretching connective tissue that gets tight and painful as you get older to improve overall mobility.

Brighten your mood and sleep more soundly. Whilst toning the body, another incredible benefit of yoga is the affect it has on relaxing the mind and dramatically reducing the effects of stress. Part of yoga practice is learning to steady our breathing, so over time as we inherently learn to breathe better, not only is our lung capacity vastly improved, but so is our mood. As our nervous systems are settled and our bodies become more supple - we not only feel brighter, we also sleep better. Yoga has even been proven to aid in the recovery from depression and chronic disease.  So, you can see that Chair Yoga is ideal for keeping our bodies and minds active so you can feel like a rockstar senior. Don’t hold back from giving your body and mind the love it deserves, no matter what season of life you are in. Give it a try, what do you have to lose? 81

therapy My dad’s been retired for more than ten years and for the first time I can remember, recently complained of boredom – granted we were living in the third month of Corona’s shadow, so he was no doubt missing the grandkids, but he’s a lifelong birdwatcher who happily spends four hours most days staring out to sea through binoculars. Some evenings he still builds WWII model vehicles, a decades-old pastime for which he once amassed a fervent (mostly Japanese, thoroughly geeky) fanbase.

Ian Greenland is a freelance photographer and writer who lives in Brighton with his partner Gemma and son Rafa. He took up photography because he thought the whole “picture says a thousand words” thing would cut corners on written assignments but it turns out that’s just a phrase. Nevertheless, he’s gone on to shoot for Microsoft, Ford and Red Bull, despite owning a Mac, driving a Honda and despising Red Bull. When he was 8, he put a live woodlouse up his nose but there’s no proof he’s done it since. He enjoys writing more than people enjoy reading what he writes... ...he wrote this. www.iangreenalnd.uk 82

The term Art Therapy was coined in 1942 by the Brit, Adrian Hill, who discovered the healing properties of painting and drawing whilst recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium. Cutting loose for pops means cranking Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing up to a thoroughly audible level in the Skoda Octavia and finding fourth gear just as the guitar solo hits.... He once said I was “living like a hippy” because I purchased a dartboard... ...I genuinely thought he was immune to boredom. Unable to take him bungee jumping, white water rafting or even visit him under the guidelines, I ordered him some reading materials, DVD’s, and for a punt, some fine art pencils and an adult colouring book of bird illustrations. As a self confessed pedant - someone who admitted Saving Private Ryan was a mostly well made film but couldn’t bring himself to recommend it because of historical inaccuracies in one of the

replica uniforms -I was slightly doubtful my dad would welcome colouring-in other people’s interpretations of his lifelong obsession. I thought he might not embrace a new hobby, might find my gesture patronising or the Rainbow Bee Eater’s tail feather to wing ratio insultingly erroneous, but the beautifully vivid pictures I received with his warm thanks some days later proved we both had room for growth. Diagnosed in 2019 with Alzheimers after five years of noticeably failing memory and several decades of viewing the glass as not just half-empty, but chipped and a bit dirty, it was refreshing and reassuring to see him so enthusiastic about a new recreation.... More than just a sense of relief that Christmas and birthday presents would be a slam dunk for years to come, I had an inkling of how therapeutic art could be for him. The term Art Therapy was coined in 1942 by the Brit, Adrian Hill, who discovered the healing properties of painting and drawing whilst recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium.

Diagnosed in 2019 with Alzheimers after five years of noticeably failing memory and several decades of viewing the glass as not just half-empty, but chipped and a bit dirty, it was refreshing and reassuring to see him so enthusiastic about a new recreation....

Its benefit he said, resided in it completely engrossing both mind and body, building up defences against misfortune through the release of creative energy. He noted its capacity for expression and progression, even in deeply inhibited individuals. Hill’s newfound enthusiasm for artistic self-medication was apparently contagious - his book Art Versus Illness published three years later documented many fellow patients who benefitted from picking up pencil or brush. Other artists and advocates soon came forward and as the idea gained traction on both sides of the Atlantic, three distinct strands developed: 1) Analytic art therapy is based around theories grounded in analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It requires a dialogue between client and therapist, anchored by art. Among other applications, it’s been used to understand and treat dangerous criminals who might struggle to verbalise their inner demons without a focussing mechanism.


...Analysis of the result is not essential, the creation process is the key.

2) Art psychotherapy centres on the psychotherapist’s verbal analysis of a client’s work. Eg. Sufferers of PTSD linked to emotional or physical abuse, neglect or injury can be encouraged to exorcise the body and mind’s negative responses to trauma via art creation and the subsequent insights from the therapist’s analysis. 3) Art as therapy. Here, analysis of the result is not essential, the creation process is the key. Eg. My dad coloured a duck in. Colouring the duck in kept him occupied where previously he was bored. The duck looks great coloured in, but that doesn’t actually matter because he enjoyed colouring in the duck – ultimately, colouring the duck in brought him peace (and my stepmum!) If it appears I’m being glib, i’m not - that duck’s going on my son’s wall. Art therapy can benefit anyone, but it’s particularly encouraged in seniors, where it may help counteract some of the challenges we face as we age. Some of the recognised benefits are: IMPROVED MOTOR SKILLS: Where artistic creation depends on light physical activity such as painting, drawing, stitching or sculpting, it both exercises coordination and increases blood flow. This can improve dexterity in the hands, wrists, fingers and arms ( just make sure you maintain good posture and blood flow elsewhere). Consequently, art therapy can help manage inflammation and chronic pain associated with arthritis and other joint conditions.


Art therapy can benefit anyone, but it’s particularly encouraged in seniors, where it may help counteract some of the challenges we face as we age. COGNITIVE FUNCTION AND STIMULATION: Art challenges us to think creatively, even if subconsciously. Learning a new skill stimulates healthy brain activity which helps sharpen the mind. Some studies suggest art can counteract deteriorating memory from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and for those living with memory loss, the creation

Art can counteract deteriorating memory from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and for those living with memory loss, the creation process can be a positive and cathartic avenue for communication and selfexpression.

process can be a positive and cathartic avenue for communication and self-expression. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH: Shown to lower feelings of stress, anxiety and depression in all ages, further studies cite seniors who participated in art therapy directly reporting higher morale and lower levels of loneliness and depression. The very act of putting pen or brush to paper, or feeling wet clay in the hands was recognised as providing a calming, therapeutic effect counter to challenges both mental and physical faced by many. Creating art can relieve emotional as well as physical pain. SOCIAL CONNECTION: Various research exist to show loneliness has a directly negative effect on physical health and ultimately, life expectancy. Activities such as art therapy (guided or otherwise) generally illicit social interaction and communication between individuals in a relaxed, casual setting. The common purpose is great for encouraging the formation of social bonds, with deeper mutual understanding and even collaboration common outcomes. Ultimately, art therapy needn’t involve an actual therapist or a “work of art”. The process of creating, whatever that is, has shown itself to be of benefit to not just the creator themself, but oftentimes those around them. Don’t worry if you’re not Michaelangelo (the painter, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), it’s all about the journey, not the destination.



PAIN FREE Arthritis currently affects around 10 million people in the UK alone. With a large increase in the amount of people looking for alternatives to prescription painkillers, (which can come with negative side effects and are often highly addictive,) Nicola McGeorge shares her recommendations on how you can ease the pain and inflammation naturally.

Nicola McGeorge has specialised in health and beauty journalism for over a decade. With a keen interest in the wellness movement, Nicola works hard to spread awareness about the benefits of healthy, mindful living.


I have made it my mission to find other ways to manage the symptoms of arthritis. It’s a case of trial and error, what may work for one person may not for another... Although I do not suffer from arthritis myself, the condition has caused extreme pain and discomfort for several members of my family. I have witnessed firsthand just how severely it can impact people´s lifestyle. My father suffered for many years with osteoarthritis, his hips being the most affected. My mother was diagnosed with arthritis in her sixties and would regularly experience flare-ups in her hands and knees. There would be days when her knees would swell to double the size, rendering her unable to walk at all. And, it doesn’t end there. My long-term partner was diagnosed a few years ago with Gout, which is an inflammatory type of arthritis. It started in the toes and then spread to his wrist, leading to a reduction in both the hand and wrist function. At one point he had to spend a month in a plaster cast. With three of the people closest to me suffering immensely at different periods during my life from this debilitating condition, and the only treatment offered being more prescription medications, I have made it my mission to find other ways to manage the symptoms of arthritis. It’s a case of trial and error, what may work for one person may not for another. Please, of course consult with your doctor before trying any of the suggested treatments.

A Natural High CBD oil was by far the game changer for my mother. After hearing numerous positive stories from friends using CBD cannabinoid, for whom this natural extract had been life changing, I suggested to my mum it might be worth a try. I just need to explain that my mum has been terrified of drugs her entire life, so, it took a while to convince her that CBD was not the same as the ‘wacky backy the youngsters smoked,’ and that it didn’t contain THC, nor would she get high from it.

After much research she started with 15% Pure CBD Oil – 2 drops x 3 daily. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, blocks painful neuropathic signals, regulates pain, plus it works naturally with the endocannabinoid system to reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis. After only a few weeks of taking the CBD my mum no longer felt any stiffness in her hands. The swelling in her knees now only occurred once in a blue moon. CBD had made so much difference to her life, she would even start to panic when she got to the end of a bottle and would nag at me until I bought her a new one. I think I turned my own mother into an addict.

Taking the plunge After noticing that an epsom salt bath greatly eased my aching muscles, (not to mention relieving bloating and aiding in a great night’s sleep,) I mentioned to my Dad it might help ease the pain in his hip. Epsom salts are high in magnesium, which aid in the softening of connective tissue. The overall effect is to ease stiffness and locking in the joints. Not one for being told what to do, he was having none of it and stomped off into the next room, refusing to listen to my reasoning. A few weeks later when the pain was particularly bad, he reluctantly agreed to try it. To be fair at this point he would have tried anything. To make an epsom salt bath, the water should be lukewarm. Add 2-3 cups of epsom salt to the water and relax in the bath for 20-30 minutes. Make sure to rinse


the salt off afterwards. So, how did my dad fare? Well he behaved like a spoilt child. Every few minutes I would hear a shout from the bathroom, followed by a ramble of unintelligible words and then, ‘Am I done yet?’’ Eventually the alarm went off, he muttered, ‘thank God for that,’ and then refused to speak to me for the rest of the day as I had apparently wasted his precious time. Nice. I was only trying to help. My dad isn’t one to admit when he is wrong, but when he called me few days later asking how much salt to put in the bath, I knew it had worked.

Oiling old joints My father would often get cramp in his hands, sometimes it would be so intense that his fingers would involuntary contract and could only be straightened by using the other hand. I found the best way to ease this would be a hand massage using essential oils. After placing his hand in warm water for five minutes to relax the muscles, I would then massage it with lavender oil. Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties quickly get to work on sore joints and tendons. I mix five drops in with 10 ml of coconut oil, ensuring I covered all areas, right the way to the fingertips and down to the wrists. We would allow the oils to sink in, so that the body absorbs the properties and feels the benefits. Before I had even finished the massage, his movement would always return, and the pain would ease.

Spice up you life According to the Arthritis Foundation, turmeric, the root of a plant related to ginger can treat arthritis. Containing the chemical curcumin, which has been traditionally used in South Asian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, studies suggest that combining the spice with piperine, found in black pepper, can increase the amount of curcumin that is

absorbed by the body by up to 2,000%. You can opt to cook with fresh or dried turmeric, however knowing my mother wouldn’t bother to attempt this, I thought supplement form would be the best idea. She started popping 500 mg of turmeric supplements twice daily and noticed positive benefits quite quickly. If she missed a few days, the pain would come back and so was sold on the positive power of magical spice.

Get cracking I have been a devotee of chiropractic adjustments for years. It’s a common misconception that chiropractic treatments are only for neck and back conditions. A chiropractor will in fact look at and evaluate the whole body, not just the area of concern. My father isn’t a fan of people touching him, so he told me on many occasions, let alone cracking his neck, but after an in-depth consultation with the chiropractor he felt he was in safe hands. The practitioner delved into my father’s medical history, diet and lifestyle, analyzed his X-rays and then went on to perform a thorough physical examination, before concluding that he believed he could help alleviate my father’s pain. After the first adjustment, Dad slept through the night pain free for the first time in years. After a few sessions his body was back in proper alignment, this not only took the pressure off the nerves, but the correct motion between the spinal joints was restored. This significantly reduced the inflammation, relieved the pain, and restored some mobility. After the first course of intense treatments he only needed a maintenance treatment every three months just to keep things working as they should.


Golden Milk * Recipe and photo taken from nutritionist Jasmine Hemsley blog.

Ingredients 1 cup /250ml organic whole milk (pref. unhomogenised) or almond, oat, coconut, hemp milk etc. (ideal for vegans) ½ cup/125ml of water ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground turmeric 2-3 cardamom pods, cracker or 1/8 tsp ground cardamom pinch of ground nutmeg a good grind of ground black pepper Optional: 1 date or 1 tsp jaggery to sweeten 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated or ½ tsp ground ginger

A lifestyle overhaul


Your diet and exercise regime are of course key elements in tackling arthritis. Sadly, both my parents point blank refused to listen to mine or even their doctors’ advice on this and continued with their high fat, high carbohydrate, low movement lifestyle. I am positive if they had made even the smallest of changes, they would have seen even more improvement in their health. Thankfully, my long-term partner did eventually listen to me. He began by walking for an hour everyday along the beach front and then made slight changes to his diet. Within a week of cutting out alcohol, reducing his sugar and dairy intake and increasing the amount of water he was drinking, he was able to reduce his medication from three tablets a day to one. He does of course still have blow outs and after a couple of days of drinking or eating ‘rubbish’ his wrist will start to hurt. In this case he will cut out the culprits again and I make him Jasmine Hemsley Golden Milk, an antiinflammatory drink every evening, till the swelling and pain subsides. It’s like a hug in a mug.

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Add the milk, water, spices and the date, if using, to a pan and season with black pepper and whisk well.

Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes being careful not to let it burn or let it bubble over! Add jaggery, if using, mix well and remove from heat.


Allow to cool a little, strain and serve.


A funny Thing ...happened... By Sherrie Hewson

A couple of years ago I first met you all with the wonderful Lisa Soper. I was amazed then at the friendly and overwhelming atmosphere created in the Avery homes. Also the warmth I felt from the staff and residents, and in every home I’ve visited over the years I have been shown the same love and joy throughout the time I’ve been visiting you. I miss you all so much with the singing and laughter we have all enjoyed. But we will all be together again, and we will have those wonderful times back before too long. I have had a very difficult lockdown as I lost my glorious brother to a brain tumour and I still ask myself every day ‘Why him? It’s so unfair’. I haven’t handled it very well, but I have to be kind to myself and help my grief to work its way out.

This world is very challenging to say the least. In my world all the theatres are shut, hardly any filming is taking place and no new projects being planned. So my friends and I created a show online called Wonderbirds. It really is just four friends having a chat about everything, with lovely guests to share it with like Paul O Grady, Gok Wan, Les Dennis and many others, just telling us their stories in this weird and wonderful world.

I’ve had lots of new experiences in this time, for instance I’ve inherited my granddaughter’s chihuahua and her guinea pigs. If the truth be told I didn’t really want to keep them originally. It’s been a bit of a nightmare as Badger and Bodger didn’t like each other but Teddy the chihuahua fell in love with Badger the pretty guinea pig and Bodger started to resent it. Teddy and Badger would snog through the cage bars and Bodger would get jealous so jump on Badger’s back and then all hell would break loose, with screaming and growling. If I got involved I then got bitten, it was utter bedlam.


The lesson here is don’t get involved with the grand children’s animals, as you will most certainly come off the worst for wear. One of the funniest moments in this world of ours was when I would pass this lady’s house on my usual half an hour walk of the day. I’d stop and say hello, and she was telling me that she and her family had so many DVD’s she was going to put them all out in a box by her hedge at the front with a note saying ‘take them please’. So the first day she put out about 20 DVD’s, and by late afternoon most of them had gone, apart from two of them. So she added to the collection and put out ten more, and when she went back all but a couple had gone. She was so chuffed as it freed up so much room in cupboards. She had some work to do at home so didn’t check for a couple of days to see if the rest had gone. On the morning of the third day she popped out to look, and they had all been put back in the box plus etc with a message ‘Thank you, watched them all, any more? She was not happy, but at least knew she has very honest neighbours!

till we cried and she said they looked like very small posing pouches YUK! I hope you are all keeping busy in this odd time? I met a lady the other day who owned a pram shop and I said naively, ‘It must be a very difficult time for you right now?‘ she said ‘oh my God you’re joking it’s gone crazy, in fact we can’t get enough prams, we have a waiting list.’ Well it makes you wonder what everyone’s been doing? My dad always said the war years were the best time of his life. I used to argue with him, shocked that he would think it was the happiest time of his life when bombs were flying and houses being blown up, people losing their lives. ‘Ah but you see darling‘ he’d start ‘people cared that you’d lost your home, your bed, your clothes and of course sometimes your family.’ I didn’t get it. He continued...

‘they’d immediately take you in to share their home, their bed and their family’. ‘What was yours was theirs, nothing was a problem, all could be sorted.‘ He sat and sipped his tea with his obligatory glass of whisky, his smile was of true contentment, a joyous remembrance. I got it completely.

This mask thing is getting very confusing. Do you wear them or don’t you? In Tesco and Asda it’s ok not to but in my little Co-op you have to wear them or they won’t let you in. They are also horrible to wear. I always think they smell of dust, especially the blue paper ones. So I thought I’d buy some pretty coloured ones, a pack of five. My daughter was with me so I gave her one, they only fitted on her nose, we laughed

Our world isn’t dissimilar. Many have lost a lot and people have pulled together and cared about each other. Time is the most precious gift to give people and whenever I’m at an Avery home I witness this and now, I’m sure more than ever. We will all be together again to dance and sing and remember like my dad. I so look forward to sitting with you all again. I know none of us are here forever but we can damn well make every second count and have a ball!.


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protection. Agency staff use has been avoided, and staff rotation between homes and within homes minimised to reduce the rate of transmission; staff ‘bubbles’ now exist on most care floors, with separate staff rooms per floor where possible. Communal areas such as lounges and dining rooms have also been reconfigured to take into account social distancing within latest guidance. The company remains vigilant and diligent against the COVID-19 threat, responding to developments in guidelines and enhancing its protocols, as well as implementing new innovations, to maintain care quality and ensure safety. All of its homes have also passed the Care Quality Commission’s Emergency Support Framework remote assessments during the pandemic. Avery are keeping everyone safe and well, together in good spirits, with its homes being some of the safest places to live and work.


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