Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing our ageing society. Two thirds of people living with dementia live in their own home with their families currently providing the majority of care and support, this can be tiring and stressful - physically, emotionally and financially. A large number of people with dementia also live alone and can be at particular risk of isolation.

Driving home for Christmas

22nd December 2019
Christmas is a time when families travel far and wide to meet up at Christmas, the presents are loaded in the car, everyone is feeling festive but is your car prepared to travel for the long journey. Before you drive:-
Recently I have been delivering leaflets promoting David Phillip Estate Agents to the residents of Bramhope, and as I walked around this lovely area in North Leeds I was impressed with the number of beautiful Christmas wreaths adorning many of the properties. We also attended the switching on of the Bramhope Christmas lights this year, which is a great yearly tradition for the residents of Bramhope too. This got me thinking about the Christmas traditions that we have not only in the UK but also around the world – here are a few.
At David Phillip Estate Agents based in Bramhope, we have just been instructed to take on an immaculately presented cottage in Pool-in Wharfedale. The property is surrounded by private woodland, and therefore benefits from wildlife and wild birds in their natural habitat. The bird table in the garden was full of a variety of birds, which got me thinking about how we look after wild birds, particularly in the middle of winter when food might be scarce.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year for families getting together and enjoying the festivities, however this can be quite a challenging and worrying time for people living with dementia, and their carers and relatives. For the 850,000 people living with dementia, Christmas can be a tiring and confusing time of year, routines are changed, more people are around the home, and mealtimes can be interrupted. It can also be a difficult time for carers or relatives who notice changes in their loved ones such as memory loss or confusion, but it can also be worrying for relatives making sure that their loved ones are having a good time too whilst also feeling involved. The Alzheimer’s society have provided tips on how to enjoy the festivities if you have someone staying with you over Christmas living with Dementia:-
Think Christmas is a quiet time for people looking to move home? - you may want to think again! When looking to sell a property, people often think that the New Year is the best time to market their property, and it really is an excellent time, however there is a definite advantage to looking to market your home before Christmas and the New Year rush . Christmas is a time when family and friends are together, plans are formed for the next year and buying a new home, looking for a new job or moving to an area with a good school catchment area may all be on the horizons

Black Friday is on its way!

29th November 2019
Each year the famous sales weekend which follows Thanksgiving Day and starts on November 29th this year, sees a significant amount of shoppers head to the high street stores and on-line brands in an attempt to find the best deals. Ahead of Black Friday several retailers including Amazon and John Lewis have already launched a range of early offers with more discounts to follow this week But what is the history of Black Friday, that originated in the USA – here are some facts around this day of bargains
I read with interest an article published today that the RICS this week have launched the new mandatory RICS Home Survey Standard, following an industry and consumer consultation held earlier this year.
The Help to Buy ISA was launched four years ago to help first time buyers who are hoping to buy a property. The scheme is designed to help you save for a mortgage deposit to buy a home. Savings are tax free
Dementia is one of the greatest challenges we face in society today – over 850,000 people are living with the disease with approximately 45,000 of this number under the age of 65 and over 225,000 people will develop dementia this year. The village of Bramhope has come together to become Friends of Dementia. At our first meeting I was moved by the accounts relatives and carers gave whilst supporting loved ones living with this disease.
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