These links below will take you directly to documents about supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave on the Department of Health website:
Looking after yourself and others during hot weather – (general public leaflet, key messages and top tips for keeping cool) http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_118307.pdf
Now also available in large print version: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_116026.pdf
Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave (advice for health and social care professionals – updated) http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134153.pdf
Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave (advice for care home managers and staff – updated) http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134156.pdf
The full heatwave plan and companion document Making the Case can be accessed via: Heatwave plan for England 2012 - (highlights public health messages and follow-up actions): http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134155.pdf
Making the Case: - (much of the information previously in main Heatwave Plan and update information about likelihood of heatwaves and longer term planning): http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_134157.pdf
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the
shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
- polio shots
- frozen foods
- contact lenses
- Frisbees and
- the pill
There were no:
- credit cards
- laser beams or
- ball-point pens
Man had not yet invented:
- air conditioners
- clothes dryers
- and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
- man hadn't yet walked on the moon
Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir."
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, day care centres, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our own actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends - not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the Queen's speeches on our radios.
And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Bill Haley.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a bus, and a Coke were all 5 old pennies.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your 5p on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Anglia for £600, but who could afford one?
Too bad, because petrol was 11p a gallon.
In my day:
- "grass" was mowed,
- "coke" was a cold drink,
- "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
- "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
- "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
- "chip" meant a piece of wood,
- "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
- "software" wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
Soo..... How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this real old lady in mind. You are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready?????
This woman would be only 60 years old.
Born in 1952.
Just ready for DropBy!
Gives you something to think about.
Would the young believe it?
Saga, a company for the over-50s which we all know well,
says that it closed its Saga Zone social network because
offensive comments from some users began to reflect badly on
Users of Saga Zone said they had lost a “real lifeline for many isolated or housebound people”. “There is always someone who has suffered from what you are suffering from and can give their angle,” commented user GillianD on a post about the forum’s end.
DropBy extends a warm welcome to Saga Zone members who would enjoy a caring, friendly online community in a secure and well-monitored environment.
Yesterday I received a comment on this site regarding my spelling, It's true English is not a subject that I mastered during my School days, perhapes it was because I was born a South Bristolian and we do tend to have a language of our own, putting it simply we spell the way we speak.
Since leaving School I developed a love of reading and must have read thousends of books and indeed own a reasonable libray containing a multiplicity of books on many subjects. This as lead me to envey those who
are educated and left me regreating not taking the opportunity to study and progress to University. Yet when I look back on my life so far, I dont think
I have done so bad, I managed to retire at 57 (something I wanted to do ever since I was 15) and enjoy every minute of my freedom to do as I please
and more importantly when I want to do it, whats more now i have all the time in the World I have not ruled out the possibility of one day achieving my ambition to go to University, if only to see if it is as good as
I thought it would be. However, my English will need some Improvement before I reach those dizzy hights.
It was the Author Anatole France ( hope his surname is
spelt correctly Colin) who said of education
"An education Isn't how much you have committed to memory,
or even how much you know. It's being able to differenciate
between what you know and what you don't"
i have my usual style of waking from which i never deviate. well i did this morning.
every other morning, i swim in the dark pools of sleep, gradually gaining consciousness with a sweet smile and a sleepy afterglow.
its always the same when ive had a deep good sleep that washes yesterday away and i begin again a new creature for the day.
but this morning. baaaaaaahhhhhh.....[and deleted cross words] aaaaggghhhh ......i sat straight up without any nod to formalities of previous days and tried to get my foot untwisted from its unfamiliar contortion.
my right foot had somehow become twisted round to the back and it took a good deal of swearing and cossetting to return it to normal. that was when the other foot decided to surprise me with cramp in it.
i had to hobble round like a hen on a halter to get it back to normal.
what a start to the day. its always the same when the weather changes to a warmth that denotes the coming of better weather. just like a little before that i start getting painful sparks from my clothing and anything metal.
sometimes my doggies get a spark jump across the gap and it hits their wet little noses and they are not pleased. me neither.
the reverse happens in the close of the year. i start with getting sparks from everything and then end up with cramps.
can anyone give me a remedy?
i just thought you might like to know its
KEM CHO pronounced like that it seems.
i shall never learn to speak one whole language apart from surreyese,
so, im just picking here and there little things to surprise folk who are of an exotic persuasion.
every street corner now has its indigenous asian shop keeper, me included and mine sells everything from incense sticks to slug bait.
i have listened to him talking to his family in the shop and others on the phone and wonder how you can get so much words in two seconds.
its a bit like spanish. the speed one says it is phenomenal. not so with ladylike french.
and the other two words i have picked up are in urdu. bethi jar which means sit down i think, from memory and cuda hafiz which means goodbye.
i find it truly amazing that so many strange sounding things can mean the same word the world over.
i havent tackled chinese yet. give me time and a friend willing to teach me a word or two!
sayanara in japanese means of course, as everyone knows, goodbye or farewell.
so, im off now, so au revoir mes amis.
in english tara me old muckers!!!
Books are not lifeless lumps of paper, but minds alive
on shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice...
and just as a touch of a button on our set will fill the
room with music, so by taking down one of these
volumes and opening it one can call in to range the
voice of another far distant in time and space, and hear
him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.