An Auckland charity is using art to help improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia. By 2050, an estimated 170,000 Kiwis will be affected by it, and it's thought art therapy could ease symptoms. Connect The Dots Charitable Trust runs an art class with a difference in Otara, Auckland. It is specially tailored for older people and those with dementia. Participants discuss an artist's work before having a go themselves, which co-director Andrea Gaskin says is a great way to combat dementia. "The parts of the brain that remain untouched for the longest are the parts where imagination and creativity live, and so I think it's a natural fit to engage them in an art programme." Think positive about old age to avoid dementia - study Dementia at just 49: Wellington woman forgets her own name Dementia cases are rising with an ageing population, but it's thought brain activities and socialisation could slow cognitive decline, or at least improve quality of life. Elsie … [Read more...] about Art classes help Kiwis living with dementia remember the bright side of life
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Dundee People by David Burroughs April 9, 2018, 6:00 am Updated: April 9, 2018, 8:39 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter It only took one walk for Myles McCallum to decide to adopt the blind, matted and neglected dog that had been brought into the Dundee Brown Street Kennels after it was abandoned in a police station car park. The 38-year-old started voluntarily walking dogs for the kennel a year and four months ago, but it was the little yorkie Trooper that he really got attached to. “I was the first one to take him out, he couldn’t really walk so I had to guide him up the path and that day I adopted him,” the 38-year-old said. “He was in a hell of a state, he was abandoned in a police station car-park initially, all matted and mistreated and neglected and the girls really turned him around.” The staff at the kennels had looked after and nurtured Trooper back to health, which Myles was … [Read more...] about The blind, matted and neglected Yorkie that found a second lease of life with a Dundee volunteer
Teesside is suffering from a ‘brain drain’ of workers as four in 10 students take up jobs outside the North-east within six months of graduating. In a bid to encourage people to stay on Teesside, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen wants to turn ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’. Mr Houchen supports three main ‘brain gain’ policies which aim to spark a ‘digital revolution’ across Teesside. The policies include: - An audit of unused public sector buildings which could be converted into low-cost officers for start ups. - Universities to allow students to form start up businesses in their buildings after graduation - Allowing Apprenticeship Levy funds to be used for retraining people returning to work after a period of unemployment Mr Houchen has spent time at his former school, Conyers in Yarm, encouraging students to study languages at university. The Gazette spoke to nine young people who grew up on Teesside. Some decided to build … [Read more...] about Jobs, cash and quality of life: Why do so many leave Teesside?
Alex Colville 31 March 2018 8:00 AM 31 March 2018 8:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World Joshua B. FreemanNorton, pp.427, £22 Industrial factories huddle at the very edge of our world view. Most of us have never visited one, but we know what to expect. The ugly buildings. The dull work of the shop floor. The worker reduced to a mere fleshy extension of a machine, his existence condensed into a series of jerks, twists and spasms. A life at best eroded by monotony — an eternal inhabitant of Dickens’s Coketown, ‘to whom every day was the same as yesterday and tomorrow, and every year the counterpart to the last and the next’ — or at worst snatched up and tossed onto the sacrificial flames of Fritz Lang’s modern ‘Moloch’ of the 1927 epic, Metropolis. They are places either too boring or too bleak to be of interest. But … [Read more...] about Think of five things you use daily that weren’t made in a factory
This is now a defining time of the season. We've had a couple of weeks without a game and now within a seven-day period it will be bang, bang, bang. Make no secret about it, if we were to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League it keeps the season going and that focus on a trophy. If I was the manager I think I would take one game at a time. I wouldn't pre-plan anything and just see how we go. You go as strong as you possibly can at Crystal Palace and take it from there. If we do well and come through what will be a difficult challenge with flying colours then I'd just carry on with that same team. With a lot of the players having come back from internationals, you want them to get back into playing club football. I think it's important that they have a game that is slightly different than the internationals. I'm not too sure as where the modern day history between Liverpool and Crystal Palace has come from and whether it was that 3-3 game when we nearly won the league. Of … [Read more...] about Liverpool can’t think of Manchester City, they must go full strength at Palace